The Combined Bachelor's/Master's (BS/MS) program was designed so that students may complete both their Bachelor's of Science in CS or CE and their Master's of Science in CSE degrees in approximately five years of study. In reality, students complete the program in a variety of timelines depending on when they enter the Allen School and how many credits they are bringing in. The program is intended to allow increased breadth and depth of study to better prepare students for their careers and was designed with feedback from faculty, industry affiliates, and CSE students themselves.
Allen School BS/MS students earn a master's degree in approximately one year of courses beyond standard bachelor's requirements. Most students are admitted after finishing 300-level requirements in their junior year so they can plan their CSE senior and graduate requirements as a coherent two-year plan. The application process for the BS/MS program is competitive, and roughly 50-60 applicants are admitted each year.
The program accepts only currently enrolled UW Seattle CS/CE majors.
Why a Combined BS/MS?
CSE's BS/MS students earn a master's degree in approximately one year of courses beyond standard bachelor's requirements. This accelerated program is possible because most students begin graduate requirements during their senior year in the department. Students are admitted after finishing 300-level requirements so they can plan their CSE senior and graduate requirements as a coherent two-year plan.
The program was created with industry-bound students in mind. A master's degree is often the most cost-effective industry degree: the relatively short amount of time spent on the master's (and relatively low expense of one year's tuition) can significantly boost compensation and job opportunities. Both starting salary and long-term prospects are improved with an advanced degree. For students headed to industry, we expect this opportunity to be efficient and effective.
The program may also be a good fit for students interested in teaching computer science at the college level. In addition to teaching assistant opportunities, some BS/MS students get the opportunity to instruct courses in the Allen School.
While BS/MS coursework, research options, and faculty connections are valuable for all students, this program may not be necessary for Ph.D.-bound students. Strong students intent on pursuing a Ph.D. should consider applying directly to Ph.D. programs if they are ready to submit a competitive application. However, if you are uncertain about your plans, advisors and faculty welcome the opportunity to discuss options with you.