4+1 in Computer Science

The accelerated 4+1 programs in Computer Science (CS) or Computer Systems Engineering (CSE) is available for students currently admitted in the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science or the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E) in Computer Systems Engineering program. Students entering the 4+1 accelerated program will be admitted to the Master’s of Science in Computer Science thesis program or the Master of Computer Science non-thesis program (there is currently no 4+1 Program set up for Computer Engineering MS).  Due to the research required for the thesis based programs, it may take more than one year of graduate work to complete the Master’s degree.

How does it work?

The merge (or integration) between the two programs occurs when students select their CSE 4XX courses if they are CS students or when they CSE students choose their CSE Technical Electives for the bachelor’s program. The courses that you choose to double count will apply toward the 30-hour master’s degree (in addition to applying toward the 120-hour bachelor’s degree). Once the bachelor’s degree is completed, students will need an additional 20 credit hours to earn the master’s degree.

*Courses can only be eligible for double counting after acceptance into the 4+1.

Students interested in this program must meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for admission:

  1. Have at least 75 credits completed.
  2. Have a cumulative ASU GPA of 3.50 or higher for MS thesis based program and a 3.25 or higher for the MCS non-thesis based program.
  3. Have grades posted for all 300 level required courses.
  4. Have two semesters left in undergraduate program at time of admission to the master’s program (senior year course work).
  5. Students will not be required to take the GRE.

Students earning a B.S./B.S.E. degree can use up to nine credits of course work which can be a combination of CSE 4XX and 5XX courses. Within those 9 credits there is a maximum limit of six credits of CSE 4XX courses that will double count towards their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.  Students can also reserve an additional three credits of graduate courses towards their future graduate program.  Students interested in this option will need to work with their undergraduate and graduate advisors for details on how this works.

How to Apply?

The School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering has developed an internal process for 4+1 accelerated program admissions.

Deadline for Fall admission: August 1st

Deadline for Spring admission: December 15th

Application Process for CIDSE 4+1 Programs:

Submit all documents above to your CIDSE Undergraduate Advisor to begin the internal review process.  Your CIDSE Undergraduate Advisor will then contact you with you admission decision and next steps in the process, which includes applying to ASU’s Graduate College and paying the Graduate College application fee. There may be a late fee associated with the application depending on the timing of the submission.

If you are an international student, please review the international students admission requirements to learn which additional documents need to be submitted.

Steps after Admission

Undergraduate students accepted into the integrated program will be eligible for graduate-level courses and seminars. They will be considered as undergraduates until all B.S. or B.S.E. program requirements have been completed.  Students will need to work closely with their undergraduate advisor to determine the appropriate graduate courses to register for while enrolled in the B.S. or B.S.E degree and to complete the graduate course registration process.  Please note:

Upon receipt of the B.S. or the B.S.E. degree, the status of the student will change from undergraduate to graduate, which means the student will be eligible for graduate research assistantships and related health insurance and tuition waivers. Students will not be able to register for their first semester as a Master’s student without notifying a graduate advisor regarding their graduation.

Upon admission to the MS Thesis 4+1 program, students should identify a faculty member at CIDSE as an advisor, if they have not done so already. In consultation with the faculty advisor, the student will finalize their integrated plan of study (iPOS) leading to the dual degrees.  Students should frequently check the MS in Computer Science handbook to make sure that they are meeting all of the requirements for their Master’s degree.

Maintaining Good Academic Standing

Satisfactory progress in the integrated 4+1 accelerated program is achieved if the student maintains a 3.00 GPA in overall graduate course work in the student’s approved master’s program of study.  Students who are concerned that they may not be meeting this requirement should meet with their graduate advisor for advice on next steps.

The student may drop out of the 4+1 accelerated program and return to a regular B.S. or B.S.E. program at any point of time. Students opting to not continue with the 4+1 accelerated program will no longer be able to double count the nine hours towards their graduate degree.  Those nine hours will only count for undergraduate credit for their B.S. or B.S.E. degree.  Students who are dismissed, or voluntarily withdraw, from the 4+1 accelerated program and return to undergraduate status, are eligible to apply for admission to the stand-alone master’s program in Computer Science.