The Five-Year BS/MS integrated program enables highly motivated students with strong academic records to earn a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and a Master of Science in Computer Science (BS CS/MS CS) within a five-year period. The integrated program prepares students for competitive Ph.D. programs and provides strong leadership skills and technical depth to students entering professional positions.

Talented, high achieving juniors who are pursuing a BS in Computer Science may apply to the BS CS/MS CS Integrated Program. The BS CS Option IV degree requires a total of 120 hours. The MS CS degree associated with this program requires a total of 30 hours. Combined, the degrees total 150 hours, spread out over five years. Students may only be admitted for fall semesters. Applications are open only to current, degree-seeking computer science majors at the University of Texas at Austin.

During the senior year (Stage One), students admitted to the program will continue to be undergraduates in the College of Natural Sciences. They will apply to the Graduate School during the senior year, for admission as full-fledged graduate students in the fifth year (Stage Two). The BS CS and MS CS degrees will be simultaneously awarded upon completion of the MS CS degree requirements.

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Eligibility for applying to the program:

  • We recommend that students be within 12 hours of finishing their undergrad courses when applying
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and, in order to be competitive, applicants should have a minimum 3.5 CS GPA.
  • A minimum of five long semesters in-residence completed upon submission of application. External transfers to UTCS may count transfer semesters toward eligibility.
  • Completed all C S core courses when entering stage one of the program
    • Core courses include: 312, 313K/313H or 311/311H, 314/314H, 429/429H, 439/439H, and 331/331H

Eligibility for moving forward into stage two of the program:

  • At the end of stage one, a student will be admitted to stage two if they have a 3.0 GPA in their undergrad and grad CS courses and no grade below a "B-" in a graduate course.
  • Must have completed 12 graduate hours to move into stage two.
  • GRE must be taken to move into stage two.* 
  • Students who do not meet these requirements may submit a petition to the graduate office for re-consideration.

*GRE score is currently optional for Stage II. Subject to change based on UTCS graduate school decision.

Applying:

The 2023 application will open in December 2023.

Application for the BS/MS CS Integrated Program (PDF) - Please save the application, fill it out on your computer, then upload your completed form.

Please visit, the 5-year degree application form to upload your completed application.

Please make sure to include your Name and EID on all documents submitted.

Applications for the program are accepted in the spring each year (for students entering the following Fall semester). Upload all documents in ONE pdf. If you cannot upload all the required materials please contact us as soon as possible for an alternate method of delivery.

Spring 2023 Due Dates:

  • Student Application (includes statement of purpose): January 17, 2023
  • 2 Reference Forms: Deadline TBA
    • It is recommended that students should have references requested by January 1, 2023.
    • Reference forms are required and should be submitted directly from the referrer.
    • Two references are required, and an optional third may be submitted as well. These should be from UTCS faculty or related faculty members. 
    • New faculty recommendation form will be available shortly and posted here. 

The application requires the submission of a statement of purpose. Students are strongly advised to take advantage of the University Writing Center, which has a professional staff that can give you constructive feedback regarding the content, structure, tone, and length of your essay.

Have questions? Email: fiveyear@cs.utexas.edu