Computer Science Program

Program Overview

With a bachelor's option and master's option, University of Houston-Clear Lake's Computer Science program adheres to the leading standard in curricula. The Bachelor of Science degree has earned accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, making computer science the program of choice for students seeking a high-quality education. Adding to the accreditation achievement are the university's partnership benefits. UHCL's proximity to the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston and other partnering industries in the Clear Lake area have sponsored research projects, mentored student projects, and hired students as interns and full-time employees. 

While enrolled in the Computer Science program, you'll also benefit from the instruction of faculty members who are dedicated to leading-edge teaching and research. Our professors, many of whom have earned National Science Foundation grants to set up and furnish various laboratories, adopt leading-edge technologies and incorporate them into their courses. These instructors actively engage in research, including data mining, pattern recognition, Internet computing, real-time systems, artificial intelligence and algorithms. This research is regularly integrated into the program. With exceptional computing resources and small class sizes, you'll receive an advanced education and student-centered instruction in this program.

About the CS Program

Undergraduate Degrees

Graduate Degree


The Computer Science B.S. program at University of Houston-Clear Lake is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Accreditation Information

Admission Requirements


  • Computer Science M.S.
  • Admission Deadline

    Standard Graduate Admission Deadline

  • Application
    A standard university application is required.
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA.
    • GRE Total Score of 290 (140 Verbal + 150 Quantitative).
    • GRE Essay of 3.5.
    • Additional Requirements – Undergraduate degree in Computer Science or closely related field and extensive background in Computer Science.

    Effective Fall 2018

    • 3.0 GPA.
    • GRE total score of 290 (140 verbal + 150 quantitative).
    • GRE is not required for students with Master's or Ph.D. degree, or undergraduate with bachelor's degree from an ABET accredited program.
    • Additional Requirements - Undergraduate degree in computer science, mathematics, computer engineering or another disciplines related to computer science with extensive background of computer science.

Additional Admission Information

Admission Process

Undergraduate  Admission

The University of Houston-Clear Lake is the largest upper-level institution in Texas. Incoming undergraduate students take lower-level courses from other higher-education institutions (such as the surrounding community colleges in Houston). Other students transfer from universities across the United States and in other countries.

  • To apply to the bachelor of science program in computer science complete the UHCL application.
  • Direct any general questions about the computer science program to Sharon Hall, the program chairperson.
  • Contact admissions regarding the status of your application.
  • To speed up your application processing, be sure you give all necessary documents to the Office of Admission.

Graduate Admission

The Computer Science Master of Science program builds on an undergraduate computer science foundation. Incoming students must have taken most of the core courses in the degree program. Many computing program has a students have earned undergraduate degrees in other related majors such as science and mathematics.

Students lacking credit in required foundation courses can take UHCL courses to remove any deficiencies. The application to the master of science program features information about applying to the program. Prospective students may visit University of Houston-Clear Lake's Office of Admission website for information about admission requirements, admission procedures, and an online application. For more information, contact the academic advisors at the College of Science and Engineering.

Application Process

Fill out the online application. The UHCL Office of Admissions will send you an acknowledgement letter, including an admission documentation checklist. You will also receive a student ID and password giving you access to UHCL E-Services. E-Services allow you to track your admission status and view an updated checklist to monitor your application's progress.

If you want to submit the optional "Letters of Intent," "Letters of Recommendation," or similar documents, send them directly to the Computer Science Admission Committee for review. After you complete your application, the Office of Admissions will evaluate the transcripts. The Admissions staff will then forward the entire application package to the advising office of the College of Science and Engineering

The Committee's address is:
University of Houston-Clear Lake
Computer Science Admission Committee
College of Science and Engineering
2700 Bay Area Blvd., Suite 3611
Houston, TX 77058-1098

The Computer Science admission committee then reviews your application package. The admission committee considers many factors in a holistic manner to determine acceptance. Their criteria include GPA, GRE scores, grades earned in computer science and mathematics courses, undergraduate majors, recommendation letters, and your letter of intent.

The evaluation and review takes approximately one month once you have completed your application file. Then you will receive a letter notifying you of your admission status. If you are accepted into the master's program, the letter will contain committee recommendations (if any) and specify your faculty advisors. Admission assigns faculty advisors during the review process; they will consider your request for specific faculty advisors.

You may track your application status via E-Services. You may also contact the UHCL Office of Admissions; phone number 281-283-2500, email Since the Office of Admissions will not notify you when your application file is complete, it is your responsibility to verify that your application file is complete.

The Academic Advising for the College of Science and Engineering offers additional useful information. Prospective students may also visit the Office of Admission website for general information about admission, including general admission requirements, admission procedures, and an online application.

For more admission information, visit the Admissions page.