While it is recommended that a student apply for the BS/MS Program during the Spring quarter of their 3rd year (typically their Junior year), we recognize students do not always follow a traditional four year schedule. Ideally a student will have 3 undergraduate quarters remaining following the spring quarter of their application, however students may apply as long as they have at minimum one fall quarter left following their spring quarter application. Note: graduating 4th year seniors cannot apply for this program - please plan ahead!
The CS BS/MS Program is ONLY open to current UCSB CS, CE, and CCS Computing majors. To be eligible a student must have completed a minimum of 3 upper-division CS courses when they apply and must have a minimum cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0.
BS/MS students complete all requirements for their undergraduate degree AND all requirements for the CS MS degree. Despite being labeled as a "combined degree" program, there is no sharing of coursework to fulfill requirements for both degrees. Students interested in the BS/MS program should also take note that any graduate courses completed prior to being admitted to the BS/MS program cannot be applied toward MS degree requirements.
Please email or make an appointment with the CS Staff Graduate Program Advisor (SGPA) if you have any questions or want to review your readiness for the BS/MS program.