BS/MS in Computer Science

The department offers a program leading to the simultaneous conferral of BS and MS degrees in Computer Science.

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This program has several advantages over separately earning the BS Computer Science and then the MS Computer Science degrees, including:

  • 134 credit hours compared to 150 credit hours
  • opportunity to compete for graduate financial assistance before BS conferral
  • guaranteed admission to the Graduate School for students making satisfactory progress in the program

Students applying to the BS/MS Program in Computer Science can complete the combined program in five years. For purposes of financial aid and tuition, students are considered graduate students in the beginning of their seventh semester of the program (the semester in which the student carries more graduate credits than undergraduate credits).


Students may apply after completing at least 56 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.3 among all required CSE, MTH, and EAS courses.

Transfer students must complete at least one semester at UB before applying to this program.

We recommend that you complete these courses before you apply:

MTH 142 *

A calculus-based probability or statistics course

*Unless exempted by an SAT score, Advanced Placement credits, or transfer credits.


To apply to the BS/MS program, prepare a dossier that includes:

  1. A completed Computer Science BS/MS Program Application
  2. Two letters of recommendation from CSE faculty

Submit your dossier to the CSE Undergraduate Academic Advisor.  Applications are reviewed by the Co-Directors of Undergraduate Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies.  CSE will notify applicants via email of the determination.