Computer Science 5-Year B.S./M.S. Software Development

In addition to its undergraduate major in Computer Science, The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems also offers a Master of Computer Science/Software Development degree. The Department recognizes that for some outstanding undergraduate students, certain of their undergraduate work might well be reflective of both the content and quality of that typically expected at the graduate level. The Department further recognizes that certain outstanding undergraduate students could participate successfully in graduate classes. For these reasons the Department offers a five-year program in Computer Science at the end of which the student will earn both B.S. and M.S. degrees.

This program offers an accelerated way of obtaining a Master's Degree. Instead of remaining three additional semesters at the minimum to gain the MS at 150 credits (120 + 30), those CS undergraduate students who are admitted to this program will be required to take only 143 credits, or 23 additional credits that can be completed in two semesters, normally the Fall and Spring following their undergraduate studies.

The five-year program is not appropriate for all students. Qualification occurs in the sixth semester. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for acceptance into and continuation in the program. Students interested in entering the five-year program should speak to any CS faculty member early in their studies at Marist, but no later than the beginning of their sixth semester. A faculty recommendation is required for admittance into the program.

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