Admissions: B.S. in Computer Science – Online (Post-baccalaureate)

This is a post-baccalaureate program, meaning you will earn a second bachelor's degree after completing all degree requirements.

Admissions requirements

  • A four-year bachelor’s degree
  • A minimum accumulated GPA of 2.25 in your existing Bachelor’s degree
  • Personal statement of 150 to 200 words describing how your past academic performance meets the admission requirements, current occupation and your motivation for pursuing the computer science degree

Students must also meet the minimum math, writing, and communication requirements in their existing prior degree⁺.

Math requirements

Applicants must have completed one or more of the following math requirements in their existing prior degree. Please use OSU Transfer Course Search if you have questions regarding a math course equivalency to MTH 111 or above.

Math courseOSU course equivalency and grade requirements from your existing degree⁺⁺
College algebra or pre-calculus MTH 111 with B or above
College statistics ST 314 with a C or above
Calculus or above MTH 241, MTH 245, MTH 251, MTH 252 and above with a C or above
AP Calculus Minimum test score of 3; must be on the transcript or submitted along with the application to OSU admissions

Writing and communication requirements

Domestic applicants must meet both writing and communication requirements. International applicants or domestic students with degrees that did not require English as the medium of instruction are required to demonstrate English proficiency with a passing TOEFL score.

Writing and communication coursesOSU course equivalency and grade requirements⁺⁺
Written English WR 121 with a C or above
Communication COMM 111 or COMM 114 with a C or above

NOTE: Meeting the minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee your admission.

⁺ We encourage students to apply with their current qualifications and not take any courses to meet the minimum requirements. However, our application review is comprehensive. We encourage you to apply if you are confident that you can provide rationale in your personal statement describing how your academic performance in your prior degree meets the admission requirements.

⁺⁺ Courses unavailable or marked LDT or UDT on the transfer course search will go through an evaluation to verify their equivalence to OSU courses.

Application process

OSU CS online degree student story: Susan Lee Play

Susan Lee talks about why she chose to leave her career and return to school to pursue a degree in computer science online with Oregon State Ecampus.

Post-Baccalaureate Students: Students will be seeking admission into pre-CS major by applying as a distant post-baccalaureate student. According to university requirements, students cannot earn a post-baccalaureate degree in the same field of their prior degree.

International Post-Baccalaureate Students: If you are not a US Citizen or Permanent Resident, but currently in the U.S. on any U.S. visa, please contact the Office of International Admissions before applying to a degree program. Please review the International Admission Requirements before submitting the application. Please contact the International Admissions Office if you have any questions.

Non-degree seeking students: There is a petition process for taking courses. Please review the information for non-degree seeking students first before you apply for admission.

Departmental application deadlines

All the application materials must be received and reviewed for completion by the deadline date by Oregon State University’s Admissions Office. This includes the application and transcripts from all the colleges attended.

Term Begins Deadline to Apply Admission Decision Release* Deadline for Acceptance Confirmation by Student**
Fall September August 1 August 1 - September 5 September 10
Winter January November 1 November 15 - December 15 December 20
Spring March/April February 1 February 10 - February 28 March 10
Summer June May 1 May 1 - May 31 June 5

* Students will be notified of their admission status by the Office of Admissions. 
** Students are required to confirm their admission acceptance by completing the program enrollment surveys. 
** Due to capacity issues resulting from late acceptance confirmation, applicants may have to defer their admission application to a future term or reapply if they are spring admits.

Note: if a deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the application deadline is automatically extended to the next business day.

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