Most of the information you need is on the
web page. There you will find much information as well as the
application forms for admission, funding, and housing. American
students can apply via the Web. International students must download
the forms and mail them in.
Please note that the Computer Science department has more stringent
application requirements than most of the other departments at
Stevens. In particular:
- You should apply by February 1 if you plan to start in the Fall
semester. The reason for the early deadline is to give the department
time to match incoming students with funding opportunities. If you
apply after the deadline you may still be accepted, but the chances of
both admission and funding go down the longer you delay. Also,
subsidized housing is in high demand, and your chances are better the
sooner you apply for housing.
- You must take the
Computer Science subject test. If you will be taking the test on
paper rather than by computer, it is preferable to take the test on
Nov 4, 2000. Dec 9, 2000 is also acceptable but November is
- It is not a requirement but my personal recommendation that you
supply at least three letters of recommendation rather than
only two. The best letters are written by persons with whom you have
worked and who really know you rather than, for example, a professor
who can write no more than ``this person got the highest grade in my
class but I don't really know him/her.'' I know that getting more
good letters is difficult but, frankly, if you cannot find three
people who can describe why are an outstanding student, are you really
qualified for doctoral study?
- Stevens lists 550 is the minimum TOEFL score for successful
admission to the Computer Science PhD program. Note that this is the
minimum score, below which admission will not be considered.
It is highly desirable to have a score far above 550.
Funding is awarded by the department to the most highly qualified
students. Both teaching assistantships (TAs) and research
assistantships (RAs) are available for full time students.
A TA's duties are to assist in the teaching of courses, usually by
grading assignments and/or teaching a small recitation section. A
research assistant's duties are to assist a faculty member with
his/her research. An RA position is preferable because the research
the student performs is typically preparation for or directly relevant
to the student's PhD dissertation topic. An assistantship pays the
student's tuition and fees, and also yields a stipend. For the
2000-01 school year, the stipend is $12,000 for students whose highest
degree is a BA or BS, $13,000 for students with an MA or MS, and
$14,000 for students who have 30 or more graduate credits and have
completed the PhD qualifying exam. Summer support, typicall at a much
higher stipend level, may also be available.
All of these fellowship programs are highly competitive, and most are
limited to US citizens. However, obtaining such a fellowship will
make your graduate career easier. A concise comparison of most major
graduate fellowship programs is available
Several well known fellowship programs, arranged by deadline, are:
I'm not sure these continue to exist: IBM, AT&T, Office of Naval
Research (ONR), Air Force. The latter two programs may have been
subsumed by NDSEG.
Fannie & John Hertz Foundation
Fellowships, available to citizens and permanent residents. Deadline:
Nov 3, 2000. Recipients of this fellowship will be allowed to attend
Stevens only through successful special petition.
National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in Physical
available to female and/or minority citizens. Deadline: Nov 5, 2000.
NSF Graduate Research Fellowships
available to citizens, nationals, and permanent residents. Deadline:
Nov 7, 2000.
Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans,
available to resident aliens, naturalized citizens, and children of
two naturalized citizens. Deadline: Nov 30, 2000.
Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowships,
available to citizens who are members of certain races. Deadline: Nov
National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships
available to citizens and nationals. Deadline: Jan 17, 2001.
Many consider Hoboken a highly desirable place to live. Accordingly,
apartments are in demand and are very expensive. Those who prefer to
live off campus should search for apartments in the nearby towns of
Jersey City and Bayonne. Affordable public transportation is
available between Hoboken and these towns. There are many apartment
search sites on the Web, such as
Stevens maintains three
graduate dormitories, renting rooms at far below the market rate. For
the current school year (2000-01), per-semester rates vary from $1515
to $2899, depending on the dormitory and whether one or two persons
occupy the room. You should expect rates for the 2001-02 school year
to be a few percent higher. This subsidized housing is in high
demand, so contact the Office of Residence Life for a description of
the housing alternatives and a housing application as soon as
possible. Their address is:
Stevens Institute of Technology
Office of Residence Life
Castle Point on Hudson
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Further information may be obtained by email to either the general
Graduate School address,
or the Assistant Director of Residence Life,
Mr. Douglas James.