The Department of Computer Science offers an Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) that will enable currently enrolled, qualified, and motivated University of Arizona undergraduates to complete a BS and MS in computer science in 5 years. The BS and MS components dovetail in the student's fourth year, where they simultaneously complete the baccalaureate study and begin graduate work. Students complete the MS during the fifth year.
The Department of Computer Science offers programs leading to the Master of Science and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees with a major in computer science. The department's programs prepare graduate students for positions in the design and development of computer systems and applications in business and industry and for scientific positions in industrial or academic computing research. Areas of research interest within the department currently include algorithms (bioinformatics, geometric, graph), artificial intelligence (natural language processing, machine learning, vision), parallel, distributed, and high performance computing, programming languages and compilers, security, systems (operating systems, networking, storage, databases), and visualization and graphics.
The expectation is that you will complete your undergraduate degree within four years, and the fourth year will coincide with the first year of graduate study. As such, successful applicants will be those who demonstrate the maturity, intellectual ability, and ability to work in a team necessary for the rigors of an accelerated, highly competitive program.
You will need:
a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 on a minimum of 12 units of undergraduate UA credit.
a 3.5 computer science GPA.
a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours is required at the time of entry into the AMP. If your cumulative GPA falls below 3.3, or your major GPA falls below a 3.5, at the time you have completed 90 units, you will not be admitted into the program.
to have completed or be near completion of general education requirements.
to be a Computer Science major.
to have completed the undergraduate core curriculum (CSC 252, 335, 345, and 352) and be enrolled in or completed one 400-level CSC course.
You are not required to take the GRE as part of your admission to the AMP. However, the GRE is sometimes required for external fellowship or scholarship applications. If you think you might be interested in applying for outside sources of funding, it may be in your best interest to take them.
The Department of Computer Science does not set aside any funding specific to students in the AMP. You will be expected to cover the costs of your undergraduate and graduate programs.
Applications for the AMP will be considered at anytime. To apply for the AMP, the student needs to meet with the Graduate Program Coordinator to obtain the Application Authorization Code. The application must be submitted online at apply.grad.arizona.edu. Students should apply at least 10 weeks prior to the semester they would like to begin graduate coursework.
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Once admitted to the Accelerated Master's Program students may take up to 12 units of graduate coursework which may apply toward both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degrees. Students will be charged at the undergraduate rate and retain eligibility for undergraduate scholarships.
After completion of all Bachelor's’ requirements, students will be granted graduate status, be charged at the graduate rate, and be eligible for graduate assistantships. The student won’t be eligible to graduate nor will they be eligible for assistantships until all Bachelor's requirements are completed. While an undergraduate, students are required to keep their graduate coursework cumulative GPA at 3.0 or higher to be admitted to the MS.
Students will follow the standard course requirements for the MS degree.