This program allows a student to earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Computer Science in five years. It is open to current undergraduate Computer Science majors, who typically apply to participate in the second semester of their sophomore year.

Participants earn the B.S. degree in the typical four-year time frame and graduate with their class. They then continue their studies in the fifth year to complete the M.S. degree. Normally, earning both degrees would take six years of full-time study. The time savings is achieved by applying select graduate courses to both degrees.

Students in this program must satisfy all requirements of the Computer Science major, except that they:

Take Instead of
CSC 8310 - Linguistics of Programming Languages CSC 1800 - Organization of Programming Languages
CSC 8510 - Theory of Computability CSC 4170 - Theory of Computation

Participants can also use a third graduate course to fulfill an elective for both degrees. Any approved elective for the M.S. degree can be used for this purpose. These substitutions give the student a head start on satisfying the remaining M.S. Computer Science degree requirements.

This program has financial benefits as well. For the two or three graduate courses taken during the initial four-year period, the standard undergraduate tuition applies. Students entering the program will receive remission for the final six credits. Furthermore, students are also eligible to apply in their senior year for full competitive graduate assistantships for their fifth year.

To be eligible for this program, students must have strong academic credentials: a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 and a GPA of at least 3.5 in the major. The GRE exam is waived.

To apply for the program:

Have your references send their recommendation letters to:

Dr. Frank Klassner or Dr. Giorgi Japaridze
Department of Computing Sciences
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085-1699