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Computer Science

Five-Year combined B.S./M.S. Program

The five-year combined B.S./M.S. Degree program enables outstanding students to complete the B.S. and the M.S. in a total of five years, rather than the usual six years.

The program entails no alteration of the requirements for either degree but does allow students to count up to nine credits of level 5 and/or level 6 courses toward both degrees, which reduces the total time to the M.S. degree by about one semester. With Advanced Placement credit, credit by examination at Purdue, full course loads, summer courses or a combination of them in the B.S. program, students can then complete the combined program within five years of the beginning of their B.S. studies.

Interested students should consult with their academic advisor as early as possible to arrange the B.S. program of study to prepare for the B.S./M.S. program.

Students apply for the program at the beginning of what, in an ordinary B.S. program, would be their third-from-last semester (typically the second semester of the junior year) to begin graduate study the following semester. Requirements for admission include a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in CS courses; and projected completion, before entering the B.S./M.S. program, of at least 100 of the 124 credits required for the B.S.

More information is available at the CS website, www.cs.purdue.edu.