School of Computer Sciences

5-Year Integrated B.S./M.S. Degree in Computer Science

The 5-year integrated B.S./M.S. program allows outstanding undergraduate students to complete a traditional four-year Bachelor's degree in Computer Science and then, with one additional year, earn a master's degree.

Application requirements

Students may apply for admission to the integrated computer science program after completing 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework, of which a minimum of 30 hour must be at WIU. Applicants must also have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and a minimum 3.25 GPA in computer science courses.

Graduation requirements

Coursework for the bachelor's degree differs from the standard bachelor's degree requirements only in that the student must take three graduate level courses as part of their depth courses in the bachelor's program requirements.

For maximum flexibility, two options are available in completing the Master's Degree:

Option 1, the Thesis Plan

The Thesis plan requires 18 hours of course work and 6 hours of research as a graduate student. The final written thesis wil be a formal document describing the research and will be prepared in accordance with the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies.

Option 2, the Project Plan

The project plan requires 21 hours of course work and three hours of directed study research as a graduate student. A final written report on the research is required.

How to apply

If you have completed at least 60 semester hours of undergraduate credit (at least 30 at WIU), and have a GPA of at least 3.25, you can apply for the integrated B.S./M.S. program. To apply, contact the Undergraduate Computer Science Advisor.