Rowan offers accelerated B.S./M.S. in computer science

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Rowan University recently instituted an Accelerated B.S./M.S. in Computer Science major that enables students to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years without taking courses during the summers, leaving these available for students to pursue paid internships or research experiences.

Rowan University recently instituted an Accelerated B.S./M.S. in Computer Science major that enables students to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years without taking courses during the summers, leaving these available for students to pursue paid internships or research experiences.

The new program, which requires fewer courses than individual B.S. and M.S. programs, allows computer science majors to apply for admission, generally before spring break of their junior year.

Upon approval for admittance by the Computer Science Graduate Committee, students may take four graduate courses during their senior year, instead of the four computer science restricted electives that are required for the B.S. in the major. These four graduate courses count as the restricted electives and as 12 graduate credits and are billed at the less-expensive undergraduate tuition rate.

Students then enroll full time for one more year while completing 18 additional graduate credits, paid for at the graduate tuition rate. Students will receive their bachelor’s and master’s degrees simultaneously after completing the 30 graduate computer science credits. Traditionally, students take six years to earn both degrees.

The B.S./M.S. program was approved on October 20, and the Computer Science Department already has accepted four students into it. In spring 2010, the Computer Science Department will offer graduate courses in the fields of software engineering, concurrent systems and theory of computing.

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