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

Overview of the CSE B.S./M.S. Program

An undergraduate in Computer Science Major at Stony Brook can apply to the Accelerated Computer Science 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:

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Application to the CSE B.S./M.S. Program

Admission into the program is competitive and needs to be approved by the Computer Science Graduate Admissions Committee.

  • Eligibility: A CSE major at Stony Brook that has completed at least three upper-division (300, 400-level) technical CSE courses completed at Stony Brook University (not including CSE300, CSE301 and CSE312), and has a CSE major GPA of at least 3.25 and a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. This GPA does not guarantee admission since this program is very competitive and restricted by quality of reference letters and overall capacity of the program (e.g., the average GPAs for previous admissions is over 3.5). Being a quality graduate program we cannot give any details about the reviews to any applicant except that each application is reviewed by at least 3 different faculty and the majority decision is rendered to the applicant.
  • Application for Admission:
    • Application form for Spring of 2020 semester (Google Form to be completed with the University student account)  
    • Deadlines: July 1 for Fall semester admission and January 1 for Spring semester admission. The review process will take approximately one month, and the students will be notified by email. The references will be contacted by the department by email to provide their recommendation letters after the application deadline.

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 will be requested directly by the department from the references by email after the application deadlines.

    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 technical 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

    After a student is admitted in the CSE Accelerated (5-year) B.S./M.S. Program, the student must satisfy the requirements for both the Bachelor's and then the Master's degrees. 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 nine 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 2 CSE graduate courses (six credits) in order to proceed into the M.S. program. Students who fail to take six 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. This requirement cannot be waived, nor is it possible to accept late petitions. Petition for undergraduate students to take graduate courses: due to the CSE Graduate Director by second day of classes in the enrollment semester.

  4. Completion of the undergraduate degree

    Students must satisfy all the applicable degree requirements. Up to three 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.

  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 the Application to the Graduate School for the APP program available here: (and an offer to be accepted in the MS program available at the CS department) due April 15 (for students completing their B.S. requirements in May or August) and November 15 (for students completing in Fall) to the CSE B.S./M.S. Coordinator. 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 nine credits as undergraduates may complete their remaining 22 graduate credits in two semesters of full-time enrollment: 12 graduate credits in one semester and the remaining 10 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. Withdraw from BSMS

    If a student decides not to continue in the program, the Graduate School requires the student to sign a Request for Withdrawal from APP available here: and submit it to the BSMS department Coordinator. Students who opt to withdraw from an accelerated or combined degree program may choose to apply the graduate credits earned as part of their accelerated degree program toward their undergraduate degree.