Computer Science BS/Computer Science MS(non-thesis)

Excellent opportunities exist for students graduating with both bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science. The master's level provides several important advantages. First, the Project Course, CSCI 7200, allows students to work closely with a faculty member on a significant project. Such experience is highly valued by industry and will be helpful in interviews. Second, master's graduates will be in a better position to assume leadership positions in the computer and information technology fields. Positions include Team Leader, Project Leader, all the way up to Chief Information Officer (CIO). Third, the additional advanced coursework (several of which cover material that is in high demand) will provide advantages for career advancement. Fourth, for those students wishing to pursue a doctoral degree in a highly competitive department, having a five-year dual bachelor's-master's degree will certainly be an advantage. Further, the project work may result in a publication that will also help in the application process. Finally, on the average starting salary for Software Developers (SD), Software Engineers (SE), and Senior Software Engineers (SSE) increases by an average of 15%, 10%, and 10%, respectively, with SSE's having master's degrees averaging an annual salary of over $100,000.

Admission to Program

After a student has 60-90 hours in the Computer Science B.S. program, they will be eligible to apply to the Double Dawgs (B.S./M.S.) pathway program.

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher and who have completed the following courses or equivalent with a C grade or better will be eligible for admission to the Double Dawgs pathway program:
CSCI 1302 Software Development, CSCI 2670 Introduction to Theory of Computing, CSCI 2720 Data Structures, MATH 2250 Calculus I.

Students who are currently enrolled in CSCI 2670 Theory and CSCI 2720 Data Structures can also apply. Admissions to the pathway for students who have not yet completed CSCI 2670 and CSCI 2720 will be considered on a case-by-case basis by a faculty admissions committee. Students who have not yet completed these courses and are denied admission will be encouraged to try again after completing the courses.

It is recommended that students apply to the pathway in the fall semester of their third year.

All students interested in applying directly for Computer Science BS/MS pathway must apply on Athena and online by the stated deadline:


Graduate-level courses that may be used to satisfy undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

Students need to take one course from each of the three groups below:

Group 1) CSCI 6050 Software Engineering or CSCI 6370 Database Management
Group 2) CSCI 6720 Computer Systems Architecture
Group 3) CSCI 6470 Algorithms or CSCI 6480 Approximation Algorithms or CSCI 6610 Automata and Formal Languages

Additional requirements that are unique to this Double Dawgs program:

Students in the fifth year must take one of these courses: CSCI 6570: Compilers (4) or CSCI 6760: Computer Networks (4) or CSCI 6730: Operating Systems (4).

Students in the 5th year must take at least 12 CSCI credit hours at the 8000 level (i.e., at least 3 CSCI 8000-level courses).

Candidates must register for CSCI 7200 Master's Project for at least 4 hours of credit while working on research.

Admission to Graduate Program

Acceptance to the pathway does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program. For that, a separate application to the Graduate School is needed. Admission to the graduate program is competitive and requires completion of the bachelor’s degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, a GRE score of 285, three letters of recommendation, a personal statement, and a resume.

It is recommended that students apply to the graduate program early in the spring semester of their fourth year.

For more information on pursuing this graduate degree, please visit the School of Computing website at

Program Advisor

  • Name: Bradley Barnes
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-3086
  • Address: 415 Boyd GSRC

Undergraduate Major Information

  • Major: Computer Science B.S.
  • Department/College: School of Computing

Advising Contact

  • Name: Bradley Barnes
  • Email:
  • Phone: 706-542-3086
  • Address: 415 Boyd GSRC

Graduate Major Information

  • Major: Computer Science M.S.
  • Department/College: School of Computing

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