BS/MS Program FAQ

The School of Computing’s BS/MS program makes it possible for students to get both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in five years.


This page is aimed towards students who have already been admitted to the BS/MS program. If you are not in this program yet, you may find this page to be more useful.

Frequently Asked Questions for Students already in the BS/MS Program

Q: When exactly does the University start to view a BS/MS student as a grad student?

A: You become a grad student when we manually move you into the graduate program. Normally this happens after the semester in which you complete your undergrad requirements, and about four grad courses. There are some things that you need to keep in mind. First, once you have graduate student status you will not be eligible for undergraduate financial aid. Also there are two requirements that are imposed by the university that you must meet in order to graduate:

  • You can only take 12 hours of classes that count towards to MS degree while you have undergraduate status.
  • You must have graduate student status for two semesters, while taking at least 9 credit hours per semester, in order to graduate.

Talk to Vicki Jackson in the SoC front office if you have any questions.

Q: How do I register for graduate-level classes?

A: Once you have graduate student status in your 5th year, you can do this yourself. Before that, Vicki in the SoC front office has to do this for you by hand.

Q: Can I get credit for both the 5xxx and 6xxx versions of a cross-listed course?

A: No. The only exception to this rule occurs when the courses are substantially different due to a change in syllabus and instructor. In this unlikely case, approval from DGS (director of graduate studies) is required to get credit for both.

Q: Who should I talk to if I still have questions?

A: There are many people who can help. First, the chair of your track. Second, Vicki Jackson (BS/MS advisor) and Kelly Olson (undergrad advisor), both in the SoC front office. Third, Cem Yuksel, who coordinates the BS/MS program.