Accelerated Master of Science

Program Overview

The accelerated MS program, through course-work and thesis options, lets Georgetown students strengthen their foundational education, gain additional preparation for technical careers in industry, or prepare for advanced study at the doctoral level.

Application Deadlines

January 15
October 1
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Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Accelerated Master of Science program must be Georgetown students pursuing the BS degree in computer science. They must have an overall and major grade-point average of at least 3.5 in their undergraduate studies. Applicants must provide the following documents:

  1. graduate school application forms
  2. official undergraduate transcripts
  3. three letters of recommendation
  4. statement of academic, professional, and personal goals

Applicants for the Accelerated Master’s program must submit an online application. GRE scores are not required. The expectation is that candidates for the program will apply in January of their junior year. The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews applications to the accelerated program in the same manner and along with applications to the traditional Master’s program.

Degree Requirements and Sequence

Students in the accelerated program complete the requirements for both the BS degree and the MS degree by double-counting two courses to both degrees. In their senior year, admitted students select two courses numbered 350 and above that count toward both degrees. In addition, admitted students can take up to two courses numbered 350 and above that count only toward the requirements for the Master’s degree, provided that students will take the courses as part of a normal course load and will finish all requirements for the BS degree by the end of the fourth year. These courses require the explicit approval of the students’ faculty advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies, and the College. These arrangements may make it possible for students to complete the requirements for both degrees in five years.

The Master’s program has both course-work and thesis options. Although the thesis option is open to students in the accelerated program, because of the short duration and compressed course load of the program, it may not be possible for students to complete a thesis by the end of fifth year. Given that the bulk of the graduate-level course work occurs in the fifth year, it may be necessary for accelerated students who want to write a thesis to extend their program to a sixth year.

A hypothetical schedule for a student’s fourth and fifth year who is pursuing the course-work option appears in Table 1.

Table 1: Hypothetical Schedule for Years 4 and 5 for the Course-work Option.

Table 1: Hypothetical Schedule for Years 4 and 5 for the Course-work Option
  Fall Spring
Year 4
  • CS Elective (double-counted)
  • CS Elective (double-counted)
  • General Education
  • General Education
  • General Education
  • Algorithms (COSC-240)
  • OS (COSC-255)
  • CS Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective
Year 5
  • Algorithms (COSC-540)
  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective
  • Architecture (COSC-520)
  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective