Integrated Bachelor of Science / Master of Science

To encourage outstanding undergraduate computer science students to continue their studies toward an advanced degree, the College of Engineering & Applied Science allows qualified students to begin their master's degree course work in their senior year. Students admitted to the Integrated Program take six graduate credits as part of the BS degree requirements. Once admitted to the Graduate School, students in the Integrated Program are required to complete an additional 21 credits (Thesis Option) or 24 credits (Non-Thesis Option) to earn a Master of Science in Computer Science.

The Integrated Program offers three advantages over the standard MS Program:

  1. Less time - total credits are reduced by six credits.
  2. Less cost pay undergraduate tuition instead of graduate tuition for the first six credits.
  3. No GRE students admitted to the Integrated Program are not required to take the GRE exam for admission to the Graduate School.

Admission Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in the undergraduate computer science program
  • 3.2 cumulative GPA or higher
  • 36 credits or less remaining for BS degree

Application Process

  1. Meet with a faculty advisor in your department to develop an Integrated BS/MS Program of Study. Ideally students should meet with a faculty advisor in the 2nd semester of their Junior year and start graduate courses in their Senior year. You must be admitted to the Integrated BS/MS Program prior to the start of your final undergraduate semester.
  2. Submit the proposed Integrated BS/MS Program of Study to the CS Graduate Program Representative (CSGPR), mailbox is currently in room EMS 1042 .
  3. If your Program of Study is approved by the CSGPR, register for two graduate-level courses (six credits) in your senior year. If a course has U/G status, you must follow the syllabus and grading scale designated for graduate students. You must also bring a copy of the syllabus in which the instructor has a special (hand-written OK) indication that you (by name) will be graded as a graduate student.
  4. At the beginning of your last undergraduate semester, you need to formally apply to the Graduate School online at www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/. Submit a copy of your approved Integrated BS/MS Program of Study to the Graduate School with your application. Once admitted to the Integrated BS/MS, you are required to meet the academic standards of the Graduate School. For details on Graduate School policies and procedures go to the Graduate School website: www.graduateschool.uwm.edu/students/policies/.