The accelerated 4+1 program in Software Engineering is available for students currently admitted in the Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Software Engineering program. Students entering the 4+1 accelerated program will be admitted to the Master’s of Science in Software Engineering (students can elect to choose thesis or non-thesis). 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 Secondary Focus electives for the bachelor’s program. Two of the secondary focus electives (SER 501/502) will double count toward the 30-hour master’s degree, the last two double counted courses will be two of your SER 4XX primary focus courses (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:
- Have at least 75 credits completed.
- Have a cumulative ASU GPA of 3.2 or higher.
- Have grades posted for all 300 level required courses.
- Have two semesters left in undergraduate program at time of admission to the master’s program (senior year course work).
- Students will not be required to take the GRE.
Students earning a B.S. degree can use up to twelve credits of course work which can be a combination of SER 4XX and 5XX courses. Within those 12 credits there is a maximum limit of six credits of SER 4XX courses that will double count towards their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.
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:
- CHECKLIST FOR 4+1 APPLICATION PROCESS
- Meet with your CIDSE undergraduate Academic Advisor
- Review the SE 4+1 Overview to understand the complete requirements for your 4+1 program
- Review Master’s handbook for your program
- Meet with CIDSE Graduate Advisor to develop graduate IPOS. IPOS will map out semester by semester completion for the graduate degree within one year of Bachelor’s degree completion. Students who do not adhere to their one year of completion after completing their Bachelor’s degree may be converted to the general Master’s program, which would forfeit their double counted courses.
- Complete the 4+1 Course Proposal Form with your CIDSE Advisors which identifies up to three (4) courses to be shared for both degree programs
- Secure two recommendations from CIDSE faculty using the Recommendation Form for 4+1
- Complete a Statement of Purpose (1-2 page document outlining why you want to pursue a Master’s degree)
- International students must complete 90 domestic credits of courses to be eligible to waive the English competency requirement.
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.
Admission into the 4+1 program is competitive and not guaranteed. Several factors are taken into consideration when evaluating a student’s application: the student’s cumulative GPA, major, institution, personal statement, letters of recommendation, standardized test scores, and performance in individual courses.
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. 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. degree and to complete the graduate course registration process. Please note:
Upon receipt of the B.S. 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 Software Engineering 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. 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 twelve hours towards their graduate degree. Those twelve hours will only count for undergraduate credit for their B.S. 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 Software Engineering.