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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, some of their undergraduate research will reflect both the content and quality of graduate-level work. The Department further recognizes that certain outstanding undergraduate students can 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.

The benefit of this program is that it offers an accelerated path to  earning a master's degree. Instead of remaining at least three additional semesters to gain the M.S. at 150 credits (120 + 30), undergraduate students 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 senior year.

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 Computer Science 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.

Computer Science 5-Year B.S./M.S. Course Requirements

Students will be held to the requirements of the catalog of the year in which they declare their major. Following are the requirements for the most recent catalog.

B.S./M.S. in Computer Science

Students who have declared their major in a prior year should consult the appropriate catalog PDF Icon