The accelerated BS/MS program in Data Science is an integrated degree program in which qualified students can earn a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Data Science. In the accelerated program, you can take up to 9 credits (three 500‐level or higher graduate courses) from graduate courses approved as BS DSC (Data Science) technical electives. These courses will also be counted towards your MS program, which will reduce the overall time required for the MS degree completion.
BS/MS program advantages
The accelerated BS/MS program in Data Science is designed for highly motivated and qualified undergraduate students who wish to pursue an advanced degree.
Our accelerated BS/MS program offers:
- greater flexibility to schedule courses to complete the prerequisites for advanced study
- a seamless transition to the Master’s degree
- the opportunity to complete the requirements for the MS degree within a year of completing the BS
- ability to improve the efficiency of your college studies and experiences
Interested undergraduate students generally apply for the accelerated program at the beginning of the second semester of their junior year (sixth semester of the BS program). The program is competitive and admission is based on overall academic performance, letters of recommendation, and statement of purpose.
Eligibility and admission criteria
- Currently enrolled in the BS DSC program at UMassD and have not yet received an undergraduate BS DSC degree
- Completed at least 60 credit hours in the BS DSC major
- Transfer students: completed a minimum of two semesters as a full-time student at UMassD, a minimum of 30 credit hours
- Minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 and a major GPA of at least 3.00 at the time of application
- Completed all lower-division DSC course requirements and at least 9 credits of 300-level coursework in the major
Students may also be admitted to the BS/MS program via a nomination process. A faculty member may nominate a student with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or above by submitting a memorandum of nomination that includes a justification for considering the candidate. The candidate must submit the normally required application information.