This program allows a student to earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Computer Science and a Master of Science (M.S.) in Software Engineering 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, including CSC 4700 (undergraduate Software Engineering), except that they:

Take Instead of
CSC 8490 - Database Systems CSC 4480 - Principles of Database Systems
CSC 8540 - Software Engineering Undergraduate CS elective

Participants can also use a third graduate course to fulfill a requirement for both degrees. The following substitutions are permitted:

Take Instead of
CSC 8310 - Linguistics of Programming Languages CSC 1800 - Organization of Programming Languages
CSC 8470 - Computer Graphics CSC 4300 - Computer Graphics
CSC 8520 - Artificial Intelligence CSC 4500 - Artificial Intelligence
CSC 8570 - User/System Interface Design CSC 4730 - Human Computer Interaction

These substitutions give the student a head start on satisfying the remaining M.S. Software Engineering 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