Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Program
The purpose of this program is to provide outstanding undergraduate students in the College of IS&T an option to complete the undergraduate and master's degrees in computer science in five years. The accelerated program is designed for students who are motivated and willing to take on early the challenges of graduate education. As such, the program involves both intensive study and preparation in computer science.
While any graduate courses CSCI 8xx6 can be used to meet the 9 credits of undergraduate core-extension, the courses cannot be the graduate versions of the core undergraduate courses required in computer science.
The choice of graduate level courses in the core extension must also meet the requirements of the concentration plan of the integrated program. These requirements are described in detail with each concentration plan.
The integrated program allows students to follow either the general computer science study plan or a specialized concentration study plan. Seven concentration areas are provided:
- artificial intelligence
- database and knowledge engineering
- information assurance
- network technologies
- software engineering
The selected area of concentration will be noted on the student's transcripts. The program offers three degree options: thesis, project, and course work. Within each of the degree options, a student can choose from the general MS plan or from one or more of the seven concentration plans.
Program of Study
The Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) program is a 146-149 hour undergraduate-graduate option that allows eligible students to work towards the master's degree in computer science while completing their undergraduate degree. Students interested in this option will work closely with an advisor and a faculty mentor to develop an integrated plan of study. The table below summarizes the structure of the program.
|Course option||Thesis option||Project option|
|Undergraduate CS hours:||116||116||116|
|Graduate concentration and elective course hours:|
|For UG core extension||9||9||9|
|For graduate degree||6||6||6|
|Graduate required course hours:||15||9||9|
|Integrated degree option requirement:||3 (capstone)||6 (thesis)||6 (project)|
|IUG total hours:||149||146||146|
Time of admission to the program
Students will be eligible for admission to the integrated degree program when they have completed their junior year in the College of IS&T. Students can apply for consideration in the last part of their junior year. Students will start taking courses in the graduate program in their senior year.
Students must apply to and meet admission requirements of the MS in computer science graduate program.
Plan of study
In consultation with an advisor and a faculty mentor, students will be required to prepare a plan of study. The plan will cover the entire time period of the program and it will be periodically reviewed with an advisor.
Students will present their portfolio and a plan of study in person to the integrated program advising committee prior to being admitted to the program.
Students will be required to pay graduate tuition rates when taking graduate courses.