Changing your major to the CS PhD program

Currently enrolled graduate students who wish to change their major to undertake a Ph.D. in computer sciences must fill out the application form and submit it to the CS Graduate Coordinator, along with the following materials:

  1. A statement of purpose explaining the reasons for your interest in transferring to the CS graduate program and your previous experiences with our department (courses taken, independent study programs with a CS advisor, etc.).
  2. A copy of your original application to the UW graduate program to which you were admitted.
  3. Transcripts for coursework from UW-Madison and from previous educational institutions, dating back to and including undergraduate institution(s).
  4. Three letters of recommendation from UW-Madison faculty members, at least two of which must be from a faculty member whose primary academic appointment is in CS.
  5. GRE scores from the original application to a UW graduate program, or later scores, if available.

Applications must be received by January 1 to be considered for admission in the subsequent fall semester. Applications are not considered at other times of the year nor for starting times other than the fall semester.

International students are responsible for contacting International Student Services (ISS) at UW to discuss any possible effect the change of program may have on their immigration status.