This is a compilation of some common questions from prospective students thinking of applying to the program or admitted students completing required paperwork. Clickable links in this document are highlighted in red below.

Are there websites that provide information on various aspects of student life on campus?

Check out the Fast Facts!

What is the application deadline?
The deadlines are: March 15 (Fall applications) and October 15 (Spring applications)

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis with preference given to applications submitted before the deadline for both decisions and funding opportunities. Applications received after the deadlines will be considered based on available space and budgetary constraints.

What is the application fee and is there a way to apply for an application waiver?

There is an application fee of $70. As stated on the Admissions website, we normally do not waive fees, but we may defer a fee under extenuating circumstances. If you are a veteran or Rutgers undergraduate alumni, you may be eligible for an application fee waiver. Once you have officially submitted your application, please contact the Admissions Processing Office to request an application fee waiver. Please include your RUID when making the request.

Do I need to submit official transcripts when I apply? What if I only have partial transcripts?

You can submit unofficial, partial transcripts that cover the semesters until the last one. For example, if you are applying for Fall admission, then we would need transcripts showing completion of at least 7 semesters of coursework. If admitted, official transcripts that certify undergraduate degree completion mut be submitted before registering for coursework etc.

Is there a minimum CGPA/GPA requirement?

Students are required to have completed a four-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B average or equivalent), and should have a firm foundation in linear algebra and multivariable calculus.

Is GRE waived and if not, what are the minimum scores required?

From Spring 2024, GRE scores are optional but highly recommended as part of the application: they provide an independent, objective metric to evaluate an application and can make a difference in a competitive admissions environment. If you report your scores, they are expected to be in the 150-155+ range on the Quantitative and Verbal sections, and in the 3.0+ range on the Writing section.

What are the thresholds for TOEFL/IELTS scores? Is Duolingo accepted?

Yes, Duolingo is now accepted. Here are the English Proficiency Test requirements

What is the current tuition fee?
Is there information on cost of accommodation and medical insurance?

The Housing & Residence Life website provides information on both on-campus and off-campus housing.

I am a newly admitted student but am unable to register for classes because the registration system flags a missing prerequisite course on my transcript, viz., 56:198:501 (Data Structures and Algorithms in Python). What should I do?

56:198:501 (Data Structures and Algorithms in Python) is a prerequisite for virtually all the graduate courses in the program; basically, we want everyone to have a firm foundation in data structures and algorithms (the specific programming language in which you learned to implement these is not of much consequence).

If your admission letter stipulates that you must take 56:198:501 as a deficiency course, please contact the Graduate Director before registering. Otherwise, please go ahead and fill out a prequisite overide form indicating the equivalent coursework: this form can be downloaded from the Camden Graduate School Forms website. Once filled, the 2 form should be emailed to the department secretary, Kelly Esterly (her email address is

Are there scholarships for international students?

Yes. Rutgers–Camden offers Internation Student Scholarships

Does the department offer Teaching or Research Assistantships?

Only PhD students admitted to the CCIB program on campus, are eligible for TA positions. The Masters program does not have departmental TA-ships.

On occasion, individual faculty members with additional research funding that can support graduate students, may be able to offer RA-ships. Please consult with faculty members, but only after you arrive at Camden and have interacted with those faculty. The department itself does not have a budget for funding RA-ships.

Once I begin the program at Rutgers–Camden, can I take courses at other Rutgers campuses (New Brunswick or Camden) or at other local universities (University of Pennsylvania, Drexel etc.)?

With prior recorded approval of the Graduate Director on an internal form, you are allowed to take up to two relevant graduate courses outside the Rutgers-Camden Graduate School. You are still responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions to register for such a course from the instructor for that course, and for paying the registration fees.

After arriving at Camden, is it possible to transfer to another Rutgers graduate program at a different campus?

No automatic transfers are possible: all three campuses of Rutgers are essentially autonomous with respect to their programs, departments and research centers. If you wish to transfer to another program, you would need to re-apply to that program.