The Pre-Doc program is intended for students with a substantial background in computer science who can immediately contribute to their assigned research group. Research experience in your area of focus is preferred. Unlike the 9-Course and 12-Course MPCS programs, the Pre-Doc program is not intended for students who need the immersion classes.
Most students who are admitted to the Pre-Doc program have completed an undergraduate major in Computer Science, or a similar field, and have significant research experience. The Pre-Doc program is highly competitive, admitting only a few students per year.
Admissions decisions for the Pre-Doc program are done in conjection with the CS faculty advisors. Most advisors are looking for students who have the skills and background to make contributions to their research teams.