Earn a Bachelor's and a Master's in Less Time
Are you a highly motivated student? Jump-start your education in the Computer Science Accelerated Master's program—designed for students like you. Whether you would like to pursue doctoral studies in computer science or gain a competitive edge for a career in industry, we can help you get on the fast track to your professional goals.
Our accelerated master's program allows a student to count up to 6 senior-level credits toward both a Master of Science in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Software Engineering. We offer a thesis option, a report option, and a course work option—all of which prepare students to meet the growing need for graduates with a master's degree in computer science.
Computer Science Accelerated MS Requirements
- Undergraduate students must apply for admission to the accelerated master's program through the standard Graduate School application process during the latter part of their junior year or early in their senior year.
- The accelerated master's program requires a student to be accepted into the Graduate School and the Master of Science in Computer Science program prior to the awarding of the bachelor's degree.
- Michigan Tech students who will complete a bachelor's degree in the Department of Computer Science or Computer Engineering are eligible to enroll in the accelerated master's program.
- Students already enrolled in a graduate program may not retroactively enroll in the Computer Science Accelerated Master's program.
Students must earn 30 credits past the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, Computer Systems Science, or Software Engineering to complete the requirements for the Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS); however, up to 6 credits taken as an undergraduate student may be applied toward both the BS and MS, so long as they satisfy the requirements for both degrees and the student completes a minimum of 150 combined credits (without double-counting any credits).
Only students in good academic standing are eligible to enter the Computer Science Accelerated Master's program. A student must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 to be considered for the program at the time of application. Undergraduate students who are accepted into the program must maintain an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.2 for the remainder of their undergraduate studies. If a student's undergraduate GPA drops below 3.2, the student will be dropped from the accelerated master's program but may reapply to pursue the MS in Computer Science via the normal pathway, which does not allow the 6 credits to be double-counted.
Courses and Research (30 credits total)
- The detailed course and course-level requirements for the thesis option, report option, and course work option are outlined on the MS in Computer Science degree page.
- A student wishing to pursue either the thesis or report option should begin conducting research with an advisor in the senior year (for example, through a CS4090 "Special Topics" or CS4099 "Directed Study" course); however, MS research credits may be earned only after the BS is awarded.
- To help expedite degree completion, a student pursuing the master's thesis or report option should begin to work with a faculty research advisor at the time of application to the accelerated master's program.
- A student planning to pursue the master's course work option is advised to complete 126 credits before officially beginning graduate study.
- Each student will work with a faculty advisor who is a member of the computer science faculty. The advisor's primary responsibilities are to supervise the student's research, academic and professional growth, and development of an academic plan for enrolling in the appropriate courses.
- The academic plan developed by the student and academic advisor will need written approval from the faculty advisor and the departmental graduate coordinator.
Graduate students have many University-related and external options available to them. The Graduate School provides an extensive list of resources to aid students in finding additional funding opportunities.