If you’re in our B.S. in Computer Science program, good news: you can apply for our accelerated master’s program and earn both the B.S. and a Master of Science in Computer Science in just five years, increasing your expertise and your earning potential.
Accelerated M.S. in Computer Science
Why do the accelerated master’s?
Earn more, sooner
In 2016–17, our traditional M.S. graduates had an average starting salary of $97,500—about $25,000 more than our B.S. grads.
Prepare to be promoted
When you’re hired, you’ll already have the advanced skills and degree you need to move up.
Save time and money
You’ll take up to 9 fewer credit hours than if you earned a B.S. and M.S. individually.
Build on your connections here
Learn even more from your IU mentors, and keep collaborating with your friends and partners.
Get the same valuable degree
All M.S. in Computer Science students earn the same degree and diploma.
How it works
The program is designed so that highly motivated students can earn a master’s degree in just one additional year. To do that, you’ll take at least one graduate-level course during your senior year, when you’re still classified as an undergraduate. You need to request permission from your advisor.
You’ll be classified as an undergraduate through the last semester you are enrolled in undergrad requirements. You have to complete at least 15 hours of coursework while classified as a grad student.
Undergraduate scholarships and funding
Transitioning to graduate student status may affect any undergrad scholarships or other funding you have. Make sure to check on this and plan for it.
For the semesters you are in graduate status, you will pay the same tuition and fees as other M.S. students. Learn about costs and financial aid.
When you’ll get your degrees
You’ll receive your B.S. and M.S. simultaneously after you’ve completed both degrees.
- Earn at least 12 credits in computer science (CSCI) courses for the B.S. in Computer Science
- Change your major to the B.S./M.S. program by talking to your advisor
- Maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in your major and program
- Apply to the M.S. program during your senior year
We encourage you to enroll in your first graduate class before you apply, but it isn’t required for admission.
How to apply
Start by contacting your advisor, who can guide you through the process.
Apply by January 1 of your senior year.
You’ll complete the same application for admission that traditional M.S. students submit, but you don’t have to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores or a WES evaluation. We encourage letters of recommendation.See the application instructions and apply
Review your degree requirements
Degree requirements for the Accelerated M.S. in Computer Science are listed in the SICE academic bulletin. To review your specific requirements, choose the bulletin that represents the year you entered IU.
If your start year isn’t listed here, you can find an earlier bulletin.