The Bachelor’s-Accelerated-Master’s (BAM) programs allow highly qualified CS and ACS students to complete a BS and an MS within five years. BAM students can take up to four courses (12 credits) of graduate courses that count towards both the BS and the MS degrees.
BAM students can take an additional two courses (6 credits) of graduate courses on reserve. Reserve credits are held on reserve until you start your MS degree.
With 12 credits of BAM coursework and 6 of reserve credit coursework, you will only need an additional 12 credits (4 courses) to complete an MS degree with only one additional year.
Am I eligible?
- GPA of 3.30 or above
- Completed 60 hours of undergraduate courses
- Successfully completed CS 310 and CS 330
BS-CS and BS-ACS students can apply into any of our four MS programs:
- MS-Computer Science
- MS-Information Systems
- MS-Information Security and Assurance
- MS-Software Engineering
Since it it easy for students to transfer among our MS programs, being accepted to one BAM program is equivalent to being accepted to all BAM programs.
Once earning 75 credits, and passing CS 367, BAM students can start taking graduate courses. The department has defined the following BAM pairs. BAM students take the graduate-level course, which replaces the corresponding undergraduate course. The courses will be either core required or elective, depending on which BS and which MS program you are in.
|Graduate course number and title||To replace|
|CS 540||Language Processors||CS 440|
|CS 550||Database Systems||CS 450|
|CS 551||Computer Graphics||CS 451|
|CS 555||Computer Communications and Networking||CS 455|
|CS 571||Operating Systems||CS 471|
|CS 580||Introduction to Artificial Intelligence||CS 480|
|CS 583||Analysis of Algorithms||CS 483|
|CS 584||Theory and Applications of Data Mining||CS 484|
|CS 587||Introduction to Cryptography||CS 487|
|SWE 619||OO Software Specification and Construction||SWE 419|
|SWE 637||Software Testing||SWE 437|
|SWE 642||Software Engineering for the World Wide Web||SWE 432|
- You may NOT apply both a 400-level and the paired graduate course to your BS program. For example, if you take CS 440, you cannot also apply CS 540 to your BS program.
- You must satisfy all recommended and required prerequisites for your graduate courses.
How to apply
- The application process, which also includes applying to graduate school, is described on the Admissions' office Accelerated Master’s page. A nice bonus: The application fee is waived!
- On your application, list Dr. Elizabeth White, Associate Chair of the Computer Science Department, as your recommender.
- When you start your final undergraduate semester, complete a Bachelor’s-Accelerated-Master’s Transition form and submit it to the department.
- The reserve credit form is on the registrar’s website.
Normally, BAM students should begin their MS program the semester after completing their undergraduate degree. However, it may be possible to get a one-year extension.
The university BAM policies are in the catalog under AP.6.7 Bachelor’s-Accelerated Master’s Degrees.