Sometimes there is a fairly long delay between the time the Graduate School (or Office of International Admissions) first receives your application and the time your application package is sent to the CS Department for evaluation. This usually is because the graduate office is waiting for official transcripts (or TOEFL scores in the case of international students). Completed application packages are generally processed fairly quickly once they are received by the CS Department.
Domestic applicants can check the status of their package by sending e-mail to the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) at email@example.com.
International applicants can check the status of their package by sending e-mail to the Office of International Admissions (OIA) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because of the large number of requests that we get and the need (in general) to see the entire application, we typically do not respond to these requests.
See the Academic prerequisites information for information about our admissions criteria.
Unless specifically told otherwise, we assume that every student is interested in getting a teaching assistantship (TA) or research assistantship (RA) from the Department. No special application is necessary. You will be notified directly by the Department if you are being awarded a TA or RA. If you do not hear from the Department by the end of the current semester, you can assume that you are not being offered support for the following semester.
If you have special interest in a particular faculty member's research program, you should describe your interest in the letter of intent included with your regular application and should mention the faculty member by name. This will ensure that your application gets forwarded to the appropriate people for review.
If you have experience that is relevant to a particular research program, you may want to contact the appropriate faculty member directly. Be clear that you are asking about the specific research program and are not looking for general information about the Department or graduate admissions.
We typically accept students into the MS rather than PhD program if they do not have a strong background in CS. Once you are here and establish yourself, it is fairly easy to move between programs.
The I-20 is issued by the Office of International Admissions (OIA), not the Department. OIA will not issue an I-20 until they receive confirmation that you will be attending UNM your $50 registration fee (which is distinct from the original application fee) Contact OIA directly at email@example.com for more information.