Accelerated BS to MS This is a Track

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College : Engineering and Computer Science Degree :MS
Department : Computer Science Option : Thesis, Nonthesis

TRACK DESCRIPTION

The Accelerated BS to MS program in Computer Science allows highly qualified UCF undergraduate majors in Computer Science to take graduate-level courses that will count toward their MS degree while completing their BS degree program.

CURRICULUM

Total Credit Hours Required:
30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Up to 12 credit hours of 5000- and 6000-level courses with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better may be counted toward the accelerated BS to MS program. Two additional requirements for the students in this program are: 

  • Students must earn at least a "B" (3.0) in each undergraduate- or graduate-level course counted for the program.
  • Students must opt for this program no later than the beginning of their junior year. 

Undergraduate Requirements

See the current version of the Undergraduate Catalog and the College of Engineering and Computer Science website for additional requirements for accelerated programs.

Graduate Requirements

For the thesis option, students must take at least 18 credit hours beyond the 12 credit hours counted toward the undergraduate degree and include 6 credit hours of thesis. For both the thesis and nonthesis options, the 18 credit hours need to include 

  • CDA 5106 and COT 5405, both with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better (6 credit hours)
  • Any approved pair of Computer Science courses (a 5000/6000 pair) in a single area of discourse, both with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better (6 credit hours) 

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is an agreement between the student, the program and the University that lists the coursework taken to satisfy the requirements for completing the degree. The Plan of Study for student is flexible and unique to each student. However, it must meet university, college and department requirements. 

All graduate students must have a Plan of Study on file, approved by the adviser and graduate coordinator, by the completion of 9 credit hours after entering the program. The College of Graduate Studies automatically places a "hold" on future registration for noncompliance. The default adviser for nonthesis MS students is the Graduate Coordinator.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Computer Science MS program pay a $34 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $17 per semester. 

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of a master's thesis or an approved set of research-based classes for nonthesis students.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The Accelerated BS to MS program in Computer Science allows highly qualified University of Central Florida undergraduate majors in Computer Science to begin taking graduate level courses that will count toward their master's degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Students apply for admission to the accelerated program in either their junior year or senior year. If the student has a degree in the discipline, but were not previously part of this accelerated program, then they should apply to the Computer Science Program without a track selection. Additional information about this track may be located at: http://www.cecs.ucf.edu/current-students/bs-ms-program/.

The College of Engineering and Computer Science strongly encourages prospective applicants to request a free pre-screening (www.cecs.ucf.edu/prescreen) of their qualifications prior to submitting an online application for graduate admission. However, a pre-screening is not required; rather, it is offered as a courtesy to all prospective applicants before they commit to submitting a complete online application and paying an application processing fee.

Admissions decisions are made on the basis of a complete online application only, and not on the basis of any pre-screening. Prospective applicants who are encouraged to apply to their intended graduate program based on the information provided for their pre-screening are not assured of admission or financial assistance when they submit a complete online application. Although it is possible, it is not likely, that prospective applicants who are discouraged from formally applying to a graduate program at the pre-screening stage will be admitted if they elect to submit a complete online application anyway.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation (encouraged but not required)

Application Deadlines

All application materials must be submitted by the appropriate deadline listed below.

Accelerated BS to MS *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15Jul 15Dec 1

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This track is available to University of Central Florida undergraduate majors in Computer Science only.

International Applicants

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International Transfer Applicants

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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

FINANCIALS

Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.

Fellowships

Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship. 


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