Accelerated Masters of Science in Computer Science

The program should be followed by the student who wants to get a head start on the Master of Science degree. Typically, a student can complete the Master of Science with an additional year of study beyond the Bachelor degree. This is known as the four plus one (4+1) program.


Eligibility Requirements

Must be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking FIU undergraduate student Must have earned at least 70 to 90 credits toward their bachelor’s degree If over 90 credits completed, must not have started the last 30 credits, final year, of their bachelor’s degree Must meet all of the graduate admissions requirements for the master’s degree program. Note: The combined programs in CEC require between a 3.25 and 3.3 GPA, depending on the major, on both the overall and upper-division coursework. Please see program description in graduate catalog for applicable GPA requirement.


Application Process

Eligible students print out and complete the combined degree application available online at http://gradschool.fiu.edu/downloads/4+1_Application_New_2009R.pdf The Graduate Program Director for the master’s program must sign the bottom of the form, stating that the student has met all of the admissions requirements as stated above.

The completed and signed application should be submitted along with a non-refundable $30.00 Application Fee (payable to “Florida International University”) to Ms. Maria Parrilla in the Engineering Dean’s Office, EC 2430, or to the Graduate Admissions Office, PC 230.Since the application has been signed off by the GPD of the program, the student’s application is automatically updated in PantherSoft as an admission to the program. The admission letter is then printed and sent to the student.


Program Progression after Admission

Registration: Admitted students meet with the Graduate Program Director or Advisor to map out the graduate coursework that will be counted for both programs. (Only 5000 or higher-level courses and no more than 6-12 graduate credits, as specified in the catalog description for the program, can be applied to both degree programs.)

Graduation from BS Program: Students are expected to apply for graduation from their bachelor’s degree in the semester in which their undergraduate requirements will be met. (Note: students who have yet to graduate from the bachelor’s degree are considered undergraduates and are therefore ineligible for graduate assistantships and other graduate benefits.)

Entry into Graduate Program: Once the bachelor’s degree is posted, students are automatically enrolled in the master’s degree program.

Graduation from MS Program: Students are expected to graduate from the master’s degree program within a year of completing their bachelor’s degree. NOTE: Both degrees cannot be awarded in the same semester.


General Requirements

Completed Bachelor’s degree in Computer Sciences at FIU

 

Required:

  • CEN5011 Advanced Software Engineering
  • COP5725 Principles of Database Management
  • COP5614 Operating Systems

  • COT5420 Theory of Computation I
  • COT5407 Introduction to Algorithms

Required courses must be completed with an average of “B” or higher, and only one course may receive a grade less than “B-“

Electives: 5 courses selected from the SCS Graduate Course Offerings

Overlap: Up to 4 courses (12 credits) may be used in satisfying both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree requirements. Courses must be 5000-level SCS Graduate courses.

5000 Level Graduate Course

  • CEN5011 Advanced Software Engineering
  • COP5725 Principles of Database Management
  • COP5614 Operating Systems
  • COT5420 Theory of Computation I
  • COT5407 Introduction to Algorithms

Satisfies BS Requirement

  • CEN4010 Software Engineering
  • COP4710 Database
  • COP4610 Operating Systems
  • MAD3512 Algorithms
  • Any Set 2 Elective *

  • CEN5120 Expert Systems
  • CEN5076 Software Testing
  • CAP5602 Artificial Intelligence
  • COP5621 Compiler Construction
  • CAP5771 Principles of Data Mining
  • Any set 1 Elective *
  • Any set 1 Elective *
  • Any set 1 Elective *
  • Any set 1 Elective *
  • Any set 1 Elective *

* The courses in each elective set are defined in the Computer Science