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Accelerated (5-year) B.S./M.S. Program

An undergraduate Computer Science Major at Stony Brook can apply to the Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program (also called "5-year program") in their junior year. The program is a sequential degree program. The main benefits of the program are:

  • It allows students to take two graduate courses (6 credits) in their undergraduate years and count them towards both the undergraduate and the graduate degrees. As a result, students can complete both degrees within 5 years.
  • The application process is less cumbersome than the M.S. admission process, which requires filling out a much longer application form and taking GRE exams.
  • Merit-based partial tuition scholarships will be provided to students in the program during their M.S. degree.

Admission into the program is competitive and needs to be approved by the Computer Science Graduate Admissions Committee. (Note: Applicants that are in good standing in the Computer Science Honors program are likely to be admitted.)

  • Eligibility: A CSE major at Stony Brook that has completed at least three upper-division (300, 400-level) CS courses, and has an overall GPA of at least 3.25.
  • Application for Admission:
    • Application form
    • Deadlines: June 1 (Fall semester admission) and December 21 (Spring semester admission).
  • BS/MS Program Forms

Description of the B.S./M.S. Program
Please read the entire description below carefully, so that you can avoid costly mistakes. In particular, note that a B.S./M.S. is a sequential degree program, therefore the student remains an undergraduate student until the bachelor's degree requirements are completed.

  • As an undergraduate, they must receive permission from the Graduate School in order to take graduate courses that will count towards both B.S. and M.S. degrees (See item 3 below.)
  • Before completing undergraduate requirements, they need to apply for admission to the Graduate School. (See item 5 below.)

Students that don't follow these two steps above will be terminated from the Accelerated program; if they want to enter the M.S. program, they will need to apply for admission to the M.S. program as described here.

  1. Admission to the Accelerated BS/MS Degree program

    Computer science majors may apply for admission to a special program that leads to a Bachelors of Science degree at the end of the fourth year and a Master of Science degree at the end of the fifth year. Students are encouraged to apply to this five-year program at the end of their junior year, though applications may be submitted up to one full semester before graduation, subject to the requirements below.

    Application forms should be accompanied by a resume, a statement of purpose, and arrange for two to three recommendation letters. At least one recommendation letter must be from a current CS department faculty member. Recommendation letters can be emailed or sent directly to the Computer Science undergraduate secretary in a sealed envelope signed on the closure. All application materials should be delivered/sent to the Computer Science undergraduate secretary.

    Applications are reviewed, and must be approved, by the Computer Science Graduate Admissions Committee. To be considered, applicants must have completed at least three upper-division computer science courses at Stony Brook and have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher, both overall and in computer science courses. In the past, most successful applicants have had A's and B's in most upper division computer science courses. Applicants interested in a graduate degree that do not meet these criteria are encouraged to apply directly to the M.S. program

  2. Selection of undergraduate courses

    Students must satisfy the requirements for both the Bachelor's and then the Master's degree. Before finalizing their selection of undergraduate computer science courses, students should read the Graduate Student Handbook which describes the requirements of the M.S. program. In particular, students should review the breadth requirements for the M.S. degree.

  3. Taking graduate courses

    An advantage of the joint program is that students may take up to six credits of graduate courses as an undergraduate. These credits can be counted towards their undergraduate, as well as the graduate degree. Students must have taken a minimum of three credits of CS graduate courses in order to proceed into the M.S. program. Students who fail to take any graduate course credits will be terminated from the B.S./M.S. program.

    A B.S./M.S. student registering for a graduate course while an undergraduate needs to petition the Graduate School for approval. See the relevant forms and deadlines earlier in the page. This requirement cannot be waived, nor is it possible to accept late petitions.

  4. Completion of the undergraduate degree

    Students must satisfy all the applicable degree requirements. Up to two graduate computer science courses may be substituted for upper-division computer science electives. Each elective requires three credits and a grade of C or higher. 

    Students must file for graduation of their bachelor's degree before the applicable deadlines and indicate on the application for the degree that they are in a five-year program. The undergraduate degree must be awarded before a student enters the graduate program for their M.S. degree.

    Students who enter the BS/MS program with and maintain a 3.4 GPA or higher will qualify for a $1000 scholarship during each of the first two semesters of their M.S. graduate study. Scholarships will be awarded on a per semester basis.

  5. Admission to the Graduate School

    Admission to the five-year program constitutes provisional acceptance to graduate study pending the awarding of the undergraduate degree. It is still necessary to fill out and submit this 1-page application form for the MS program several weeks before the completion of B.S. degree requirements. (See deadlines posted above for exact dates.) Students must graduate with a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to transition to the M.S. program.

  6. Completion of the graduate degree

    A master's degree requires 31 graduate credits. Thus, students who have completed six credits as undergraduates may complete their remaining 25 graduate credits in two semesters of full-time enrollment: 12 graduate credits in one semester and 13 in the other semester. (However, there is no requirement that students must complete their M.S. degree requirements within one year.) A master's degree may be awarded when all applicable requirements have been met. On the degree application it should be clearly indicated that the student is in the B.S./M.S. program

  7. Merit-based tuition scholarships

    Students who enter the BS/MS program with and maintain a 3.4 GPA or higher will qualify for a $1000 merit scholarship during each of the first two semesters of their M.S. graduate study. Scholarships will be awarded on a per semester basis.