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Accelerated Master's in Computer Science

The Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences offers a five-year program that allows students to obtain a Bachelor of Science (BS) in computer science and a Master of Science (MS) in computer science in five years. 


Program Structure

Students enrolled in the Accelerated MS program will take four graduate-level COMPSCI courses during their final (fourth) year of undergraduate studies. All four of these courses will count towards the MS degree, with two of them also counting towards the BS degree.

After completing their undergraduate studies, students will take six courses to complete the MS degree requirements. This typically takes one year (two semesters). Students may take independent study credits or complete an MS project in addition to regular courses.


Eligibility

The Accelerated MS program is open to computer science BS or BA undergraduate students at UMass Amherst who meet the following two criteria:

  • At least 3.6 overall GPA (grade point average) upon application to the program 
  • B+ or higher in COMPSCI 311

Application and Admission Process

  • Students should apply in the second semester of their junior year (the semester prior to their final two semesters of their undergraduate program).
  • Students who do not meet the minimum requirements during the second semester of junior year can apply in the first semester of their senior year, as long as the following criteria are met:
    1. B or higher in either COMPSCI 501, COMPSCI 514, or COMPSCI 575
    2. B or higher in a second 500 level COMPSCI course
    3. B+ in COMPSCI 311
    4. 3.6 overall GPA

Applications automatically include eligibility review for the Bay State Scholarship, a multi-tiered program that provides tuition assistance for the MS program to computer science undergraduates from UMass Amherst and the Five Colleges.

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Application Deadlines

  • March 28 prior to a student's senior year (two semesters remaining)
  • October 1 prior to a student's senior year (two semesters remaining)

Same dates apply for students who apply in the first semester of senior year.

Decisions are made within 30 days. 


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