The University of Arizona

Undergraduate Info

 

Accelerated MS Program

Applying to the Accelerated MS Program

Thesis Option 5-Year Plan and Checklist (PDF)
Non-Thesis Option 5-Year Plan and Checklist (PDF)

Fall Admission Applications:

Spring Admission Applications:

The department of Computer Science offers an Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) that will enable qualified and motivated undergraduates to complete a BS and MS in computer science in 5 years. The BS and MS components dovetail in the students’ fourth year, where they simultaneously complete their baccalaureate study and begin graduate work. Students complete their MS during their fifth year.

 

Why do an accelerated MS program?

A Master’s degree gives more exposure to advanced technical material.  This means that all else being equal, a person with an MS has a competitive advantage compared to someone who has just a BS: it becomes easier to get a job, and provides better job security. And having a graduate degree usually translates to a higher salary. An accelerated MS program is quicker and cheaper than the traditional 4-year baccalaureate and 2-year Master's!

 

Who should consider an accelerated MS program?

If you have shown the initiative and drive to seek out the sort of applied experiences we hope to provide students at the junior- and senior-level, you may be able to tackle the rigors of our undergraduate program with greater facility and be well-placed to begin graduate study as early as the end of your junior year. Students interested in research or just gaining a more sophisticated skill set would particularly benefit from this program.

 

Do I have to do a thesis?

We offer both a thesis and non-thesis option to accommodate talented students who are interested in research and those who intend to go into industry. See the non-thesis and thesis option checksheets above.

 

How do I prepare myself for applying?

You will meet the requirements for your undergraduate degree by following a carefully prescribed schedule with specified upper-division course work. This preparation will insure you are able to take advantage of the same freedom to select graduate courses as their counterparts in the traditional programs.

You will also take CSC 296/296H or CSC 496/496H wherein you will learn about the program, focal study areas, and research opportunities within the department. Finally, we encourage you to get involved in research early in your career. See the information above for applying to the Accelerated Master's Program.

 

Degree and Tuition Policies

Students will be considered undergraduates until they complete their undergraduate requirements, which should be no later than the end of the fourth year. Students entering with Advanced Placement Credit or who attend summer school would likely graduate with their Bachelor’s in the third year. Students must take at least 12 of their graduate credits while in graduate status.

During years 1-3 (or approximately 0-90 credits) students will be taking undergraduate coursework and charged at the undergraduate rate.

Once admitted to the Accelerated Master's Program, during the senior (or transition year), students may take up to 12 units of graduate coursework which may apply toward both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degrees. Students will be charged at the undergraduate rate and retain eligibility for undergraduate scholarships.

After completion of all Bachelors’ requirements, students will be granted graduate status, be charged at the graduate rate, and be eligible for graduate assistantships. The student won’t be eligible to graduate nor will they be eligible for assistantships until all Bachelors’ requirements are completed. While an undergraduate, students are required to keep their graduate coursework cumulative GPA at 3.0 or higher to be admitted to the MS.

Should a student have completed 12 graduate credits, but not yet completed the undergraduate degree, they will be considered graduate for financial aid and tuition purposes and coded as ‘graduate’ in SIS. They will no longer be eligible for undergraduate scholarships, nor will they be eligible for graduate assistantships.

At least 12 graduate credits must be taken while in graduate status, after completing all degree requirements for the Bachelor’s degree.

Students should be encouraged to complete their undergraduate requirements as soon as possible, but not later than one semester before receiving their master’s. Students finishing their undergraduate requirements later than one semester before receiving their master’s will no longer be eligible for undergraduate scholarships, nor will they be eligible for graduate assistantships. Neither degree will be awarded until the undergraduate requirements are completed along with the Master’s requirements.