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Accelerated Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science

Students accepted into this selective program accomplish both the B.S. and M.S. degrees within five years by taking additional computer science courses within the first four years of the program. Some of these courses will replace general electives in the B.S. program.

Program administration and minimum requirements

In order to be accepted students must:

Students accepted into the accelerated B.S. to M.S. program are not required to complete the GRE for admission to the M.S. portion of the program.

Minimum requirements for accepted students to fulfill the program

Students accepted into the program are required to follow the curriculum outlined below in order to complete both degrees in five years.

In order to complete the B.S.:

  1. All specific general education and major requirements for the B.S. degree
  2. Six CMSC 500-level credits beyond those required for the computer science major, which count as general electives toward the B.S. and as CMSC electives toward the M.S.
  3. Additional credits to total 120 (including 45 upper-level credits)

Upon completion of all requirements for the undergraduate degree, the B.S. can be awarded and the student will formally apply to the master’s program. Providing the student has maintained a minimum GPA of 3.2 in the major, acceptance to the M.S. program is guaranteed. All requirements for the B.S. must be met before students are eligible to take any 600-level course.

Also required during the first four years in order to be on track to complete the M.S. during the fifth year:

  1. Six additional CMSC 500-level credits that do not count toward the B.S. degree

(126 total credits to be completed in first four years)

In order to complete the M.S.:
As listed above (nos. 2 and 4) and taken during first four years:

Taken during fifth year:

  1. 15 CMSC 600-level credits
  2. Three CMSC graduate-level credits

(30 credits required for M.S.)



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