Upcoming Events

CODERS Meeting
Thursdays | 4-5 pm | Wing 231CODERS is a group of students and faculty interested in outreach, diversity, engagement and retention.

Cookies w/CODERS
Mondays | 4-5 pm |Wing 16A weekly study time to meet other CS students, ask questions, work on projects, and of course...eat cookies! Put on by CODERS.

Meet & Pizza w/Fastenal
Wednesday, March 22, 5pm, 1142 Centennial Come have pizza and hear about recruiting info from Fastenal.

CS Distinguished Lecturer
Shafi Goldwasser
Mon April 3, Lectures 11 & 5pm2017 Distinguished Lecturer in Computer Science

MICS Conference
Fri-Sat April 7-8UWL CS Dept is hosting the Midwest Instruction and Computing Symposium.

Final Exams
May 8-12Make sure you know when your finals are for each class.



Computer Science Dept
221 Wing Technology Ctr.
1725 State St.
La Crosse, WI 54601
Voice: (608) 785-6805
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Program Prerequisites

Students desiring to be admitted into the MSE program must have taken courses on the following topics or must have knowledge in these areas (evidence or supporting materials required):

  • A modern programming language such as C, C++, C#, Java (UW-L equivalents: C-S 220 or C-S 224)
  • Data Structures and Algorithms that includes abstract data types such as List, Stack, Queue, Tree and Graph (UW-L equivalent: C-S 340)
  • Discrete Mathematics that includes topics on Set Theory, Predicate Logic, Functions and Relations (UW-L equivalent: MTH 225)

Students who lack any of these prerequisites must take additional courses (not counted for credit towards the MSE program) to meet the program prerequisites requirement. A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.85 / 4.0 is required in these courses.

Admission Requirements

The student must have a bachelor’s degree in any other discipline with an overall GPA of at least 2.85 / 4.0 or a GPA of at least 3.0 / 4.0 in the last half of all undergraduate work, and must at least have 2 years of working experience in software development. In this case, the student must provide at least 2 references from the work place; the referees should be able to comment on the knowledge and skills of the student in software development. References can be submitted to the Computer Science Department directly or to the Admission Office with your graduate application materials.

The student must have a bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Engineering or an equivalent major, with an overall undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.85 / 4.0 or a GPA of at least 3.0 / 4.0 in the last half of all undergraduate work or a GPA of at least 3.0 / 4.0 for no fewer than 12 semester credits of graduate study at another accredited graduate institution.

How to Apply

U.S. Residents | International Students:   Complete the online graduate application form which is available at http://www.uwlax.edu/Admissions/Graduate-student/.  

All questions regarding the university application should be directed to Admissions, or (608) 785-8939.

International Students:  Additional information regarding International admissions can be found on the Admissions website now: http://www.uwlax.edu/admissions/international-student/

 Application Deadlines

Fall Term
May 1
Spring Term
November 1

An application packet should consist of the following:

a) a completed UWL Application for Graduate Admission
b) official transcripts of all undergraduate/graduate coursework completed
c) two recommendation letters from the work place if undergraduate degree is in another discipline
d) letter of intent for those individuals seeking financial assistantships
e) non-refundable fee listed on UWL application

Questions pertaining specifically to the MSE program should be directed to Kasi Periyasamy, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(608) 785-6823 or the CS Department at (608) 785-6805.

GRE scores are not required.  However, it is strongly recommended that the student submit GRE scores, if they have them, along with the application. Do not send your application or transcripts to the academic department or program director.

The Admissions Office will forward graduate application materials to the Computer Science Department for acceptance or denial to the MSE program. Once a decision has been made, the materials will be returned to the originating office who will send a letter indicating the MSE admissions committee decision.  Please allow 4-6 weeks for processing once all required application materials have been received in the admissions office.