Accelerated Master of Science

Program Overview

The accelerated M.S. program makes it possible for current Georgetown students pursuing the B.S. in Computer Science to count graduate-level courses taken during their senior year toward the Master’s degree, thereby shortening the completion time of the degree. The accelerated M.S. 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

Fall admission: January 15

Spring admission: October 1

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Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the Accelerated Master of Science program must be current Georgetown students pursuing the B.S. degree in Computer Science. They must have an overall and major grade-point average of at least 3.5 in their undergraduate studies. The expectation is that candidates for the program will apply in 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.

How to Apply

Applicants to the Accelerated M.S. program must apply online. Applicants are required to upload to the application system copies of official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. Visit our How to Apply page for additional details and FAQs. Do not send electronic or paper copies of your transcripts before receiving an offer of admission. In addition, applicants must provide the following documents:

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

Please note: GRE scores are NOT required of applicants to the Accelerated M.S. program.

Degree Requirements and Sequence

Students in the accelerated program complete the requirements for both the B.S. degree and the M.S. 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 B.S. 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.

For the Accelerated M.S. program, only credits from courses taken after students have enrolled in the program can count towards the Master’s degree. Students interested in the program are encouraged to work with their advisors to plan their schedules accordingly. A hypothetical schedule for a student’s fourth and fifth year who is pursuing the course-work option appears in Table 1.

Note: The information on this page is intended for prospective students. Current students should refer to the Graduate Program Handbook for requirements, procedures, and policies.

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)
  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective
  • General Education
Year 5
  • Algorithms (COSC-540)
  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective
  • Graduate Elective