The objectives of the Computer Science, BS program relate to the abilities of the graduates several years after graduation. Our graduates are expected within three to five years of graduation to have:

  • Established themselves as successful and productive computing professionals or engaged in advanced study such as a graduate degree program.
  • Worked effectively both in team environments and as individuals.
  • Fulfilled their responsibilities in the areas of ethics, continuing professional development, and effective written and oral communications.

The bachelor's program in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org.     

Policies

Advanced Placement, Credit by Exam

A score of 4 on the Advanced Placement (AP) computer science exam qualifies the student for credit in CS 112 Introduction to Computer Programming (Mason Core).  A score of 4 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) computer science exam qualifies students for credit in CS 112 Introduction to Computer Programming (Mason Core), and a score of 5 or more qualifies students for credit in CS 211 Object-Oriented Programming.

Change of Major

Students who are considering computer science as their major must meet with the College of Engineering and Computing Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising, 2500 Nguyen Engineering Building.  Students considering a change of major to computer science must have a GPA of at least 2.75 in all computer science and math courses, and successfully completed one of CS 112 or CS 211, and one of MATH 113MATH 114 or MATH 125, with a grade of B or better.  See Change of Major for more information. 

Computer Science, Computer Engineering Double Major

Computer Science majors can earn a double major in Computer Science and Computer Engineering if they complete additional credits beyond the 120 credits required for the Computer Science degree. The additional credits must be part of an approved plan of study. For more information, visit the department website.

Cooperative Education

Students may participate in the Mason cooperative education program or a work-study program in the Washington, D.C. area.

Grades

Students must earn a C or better in any course intended to satisfy a prerequisite for a computer science course. Computer science majors may not use more than one course with grade of C- or lower toward department requirements.

Repeating Courses

Students may attempt an undergraduate course taught by the College of Engineering and Computing twice. A third attempt requires approval of the department offering the course. This policy does not apply to STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core), which follows the normal university policy for repeating undergraduate courses.

The CS Department may not allow students to retake certain high-demand CS courses in which they have already earned a grade of C or better simply to improve their GPA.

Writing-Intensive Requirement

Computer science majors complete the writing-intensive requirement through a sequence of projects and reports in CS 306 Synthesis of Ethics and Law for the Computing Professional (Mason Core) and CS 321 Software Engineering. Faculty members provide feedback on students' expository writing.

Termination from the Major

No math, science, or College of Engineering and Computing course that is required for the major may be attempted more than three times. Those students who do not successfully complete such a course within three attempts will be terminated from the major. Undeclared students in the College of Engineering and Computing who do not successfully complete a course required for a College of Engineering and Computing major within three attempts will also be terminated. 

In addition, students in the College of Education and Computing with evidence of continued failure to make adequate progress toward declaring or completing a Volgenau School major will be terminated from the school. Adequate progress is determined by the major program. For more information, see AP.5.2.4 Termination from the Major.

Once a student has attempted one of these courses twice unsuccessfully, the third attempt must be no later than the next semester of enrollment, excluding summers. Failure to take the course at that time will result in termination from the major. A third attempt of a College of Engineering and Computing course requires support by the student's major department as well as permission by the department offering the course. This permission is not guaranteed. If the student is unable to take the course when required, the student may request an extension to a future semester; extensions require approval of the student's advisor, their department, and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs. The deadline for extension requests is the add deadline for the semester in which the course is required.

Students who have been terminated from a College of Engineering and Computing major may not register for a College of Engineering and Computing course without permission of the department offering the course. This applies to all undergraduate courses offered by the College of Engineering and Computing except IT 104 Introduction to Computing (Mason Core) and STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core).

A student may not declare any major in the College of Engineering and Computing if the student has previously met the termination criteria for that major at any time, regardless of what the student's major was at the time the courses were taken.

Banner Code: EC-BS-CS

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

Computer Science Core

CS 110Essentials of Computer Science (Mason Core) 13
CS 112Introduction to Computer Programming (Mason Core)4
or CS 108
CS 109
Intro to Computer Programming, Part A
and Intro to Computer Programming, Part B
CS 211Object-Oriented Programming3
CS 262Introduction to Low-Level Programming3
CS 306Synthesis of Ethics and Law for the Computing Professional (Mason Core)3
CS 310Data Structures3
CS 321Software Engineering3
CS 330Formal Methods and Models3
CS 367Computer Systems and Programming4
CS 471Operating Systems3
CS 483Analysis of Algorithms3
Total Credits35

Senior Computer Science

Select one from the following:3
Computer Communications and Networking
Secure Programming and Systems
Concurrent and Distributed Systems
Introduction to Cryptography
Select four additional courses from the following:12
Game Programming I
Language Processors and Programming Environments
Database Concepts
Computer Graphics
Computer Communications and Networking
Comparative Programming Languages
Computer Systems Architecture 1
Secure Programming and Systems
Security Engineering
Concurrent and Distributed Systems
Mobile Application Development
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Computer Vision
Data Mining
Autonomous Robotics
Introduction to Cryptography
Design Exhibition 2
Industry-Sponsored Senior Design Project 2
Special Topics in Computer Science 3
Numerical Analysis I
Numerical Methods in Engineering
Total Credits15

Mathematics

MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
or MATH 123
MATH 124
Calculus with Algebra/Trigonometry, Part A
and Calculus with Algebra/Trigonometry, Part B (Mason Core)
MATH 114Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
MATH 125Discrete Mathematics I (Mason Core)3
MATH 203Linear Algebra3
MATH 213Analytic Geometry and Calculus III3
Total Credits17

Note:

MATH 104 Trigonometry and Transcendental Functions, MATH 105 Precalculus Mathematics, MATH 108 Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core), and courses with an IT designation (and any associated cross-listed courses) cannot be counted toward this degree.

Statistics

STAT 344Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I 13
Total Credits3

Computer Science-Related Courses

Students may need to choose electives to satisfy prerequisites for the following courses:

Select 6 credits from the following:6
Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists II
Discrete Systems Modeling and Simulation
Deterministic Operations Research
Stochastic Operations Research
Digital Electronics
Digital System Design
Digital System Design Lab
Embedded Systems and Hardware Interfaces
Device Driver Development
Microcontrollers
GPU Architecture and Programming
Computer Architecture
Object-Oriented Software Design and Implementation
Web Application Development
Software Testing and Maintenance
Software Architectures
Systems Engineering Management
Human Factors Engineering
Philosophy of the Natural Sciences
Symbolic Logic
Professional and Technical Writing
Any MATH or CS course numbered above 300 (except MATH 351) 1
Any SWE course numbered 300 or above except SWE 301, SWE 401 and SWE 510
Total Credits6

Natural Science

Select 12 credits of natural science12
Total Credits12

The courses should be intended for science and engineering students and must include a two course sequence with laboratories. Some approved combinations have a total of more than 12 hours.

Approved Two-Course Sequences with Laboratories

Biology
BIOL 102Introductory Biology I-Survey of Biodiversity and Ecology (Mason Core)4
BIOL 103
BIOL 105
Introductory Biology II-Survey of Cell and Molecular Biology (Mason Core)
and Introductory Biology II Laboratory (Mason Core)
4
Chemistry
CHEM 211
CHEM 213
General Chemistry I (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)
4
CHEM 212
CHEM 214
General Chemistry II (Mason Core)
and General Chemistry Laboratory II (Mason Core)
4
Geology
GEOL 101Physical Geology (Mason Core)3
GEOL 102
GEOL 104
Historical Geology (Mason Core)
and Historical Geology Laboratory (Mason Core)
4
Physics
PHYS 160
PHYS 161
University Physics I (Mason Core)
and University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)
4
PHYS 260
PHYS 261
University Physics II (Mason Core)
and University Physics II Laboratory (Mason Core)
4

Additional Mason Core

Students must complete all Mason Core  requirements not fulfilled by major requirements.

Oral Communication3
Public Speaking (Mason Core)
Fundamentals of Communication (Mason Core)
Written Communication3
Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core)
Composition (Mason Core)
Advanced Composition 13
Advanced Composition (Mason Core) (Natural Sciences section) 1
Literature3
Arts3
Western Civilization/World History3
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Global Understanding3
Total Credits24

Electives

Students must complete 8 elective credits8
Total Credits8

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Sample Plan of Study 

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/.

Honors in the Major

The Department of Computer Science offers a CS Honors Program for students with strong computational foundations and the drive to delve deeper into computing. The program is based on the bachelor of science in computer science and applied computer science curriculum and is distinct from the University Honors College curriculum.

Entry Requirements

Students must be seeking a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or a Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science and must apply for entry into the CS Honors Program after completing 12 credits of CS courses. Applicants must meet the GPA requirements outlined below to enter into the CS Honors Program.

Honors Requirements

CS Honors Program students must fulfill all standard courses required by the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or Applied Computer Science degree as well as the following additional requirements:

  • GPA Requirement: Students must maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.50 and a GPA of at least 3.50 for courses which count towards the BS/CS or BS/ACS major including math, natural sciences, and all CS/SWE courses.
  • Research Project Requirement: Students must complete a significant research project prior to graduation. Students should seek out a CS faculty member willing to serve as their research advisor for the project. The project should comprise original work by the student and be demonstrated via two channels:
    1. a written project report that is approved by the student's research advisor and submitted to the department;
    2. a presentation of the project to an audience of students and/or faculty.
  • Advanced Course Requirement: At least two Advanced Courses must be completed.  A complete list of acceptable advanced courses is maintained by the CS department and is available on the department web site.

BS (any)/Statistical Science, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's  program (BAM) and obtain an undergraduate BS degree and the Statistical Science, MS in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits.

Admitted students are able to use up to 12 graduate credits in partial satisfaction of requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion and conferral of the bachelor's degree and with satisfactory performance (grade of 'B' or better) in each of the graduate courses, students are given advanced standing in the master's program. 

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

No specific undergraduate BS degree is required.  Students enrolled in any BS degree may apply to the accelerated Statistical Science, MS program if such an accelerated Statistical Science, MS pathway is allowable from the student's BS program, which will be determined by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs.

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. 

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits with an overall GPA of 3.0. 

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific prerequisites.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the Statistical Science, MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form: 

  • Completion of Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completion of application for graduation.
  • An overall GPA of 3.00.
  • Completion of the following Mason courses each with a grade of C or better:
MATH 213Analytic Geometry and Calculus III3
MATH 203Linear Algebra3
or MATH 321 Abstract Algebra
STAT 250Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)3
or STAT 344 Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I
STAT 346Probability for Engineers3
or MATH 351 Probability
STAT 362Introduction to Computer Statistical Packages3

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, students complete all credits satisfying degree requirements for the BS and MS programs, with up to twelve credits overlap chosen from the following graduate courses:

STAT 544Applied Probability3
STAT 554Applied Statistics I3
STAT 560Biostatistical Methods3
STAT 574Survey Sampling I3
STAT 663Statistical Graphics and Data Exploration I3

All graduate course prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment.  Each graduate course must be completed with a grade of B or better to apply toward the MS degree.

While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of 6 additional graduate credits may be taken as reserve graduate credit and applied to the master's program.  Reserve graduate credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree.

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees policies.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form that is submitted to the Office of the University Registrar and Graduate Recruitment and Enrollment Services. At the completion of MS requirements, a master's degree is conferred.

Computer Science, BS/Computer Engineering, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BS in Computer Science and an MS in Computer Engineering in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

This accelerated option is offered jointly by the Computer Science Department and the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. 

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits with an overall GPA of 3.0.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific prerequisites.

Accelerated Master’s Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form: 3.0 overall GPA, successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation), at least 3 credits of approved advanced standing graduate coursework, and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced standing courses: Students may take up to 12 credits of graduate-level courses that will count as advanced standing (i.e., overlap between the BS/MS program) from the list below: 

CS 571Operating Systems (to replace CS 471)3
CS 580Introduction to Artificial Intelligence3
CS 583Analysis of Algorithms3
CS 584Theory and Applications of Data Mining3
ECE 508Internet of Things3
ECE 511Computer Architecture3
ECE 512Computer Architecture Security3
ECE 516Mobile Systems and Applications3
ECE 527Learning From Data3
ECE 542Computer Network Architectures and Protocols3

Reserve credit courses: Additional courses (up to 6 credits) may be selected from the above list as credits to be put on reserve to be later applied to the graduate program. Students can take these courses while undergraduates but these reserve courses will only count for the graduate degree program. 

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Computer Science, BS/Computer Science, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified students in the Computer Science, BS can complete both a BS-CS and a Computer Science, MS in five years through the BS-CS accelerated (BAM) program.

General BAM policies are in the catalog under AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. Policies governing all graduate degrees are in the catalog under AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Students in the Computer Science, BS program are encouraged to apply to the BAM program after earning 60 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.30. Students must also have successfully completed CS 310 Data Structures and CS 330 Formal Methods and Models.

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students accepted to the BAM program may earn up to 12 credits of graduate coursework that count towards both the BS and MS degrees. They may begin taking graduate courses after completing 75 undergraduate credits and successfully completing CS 367 Computer Systems and Programming.

The following graduate courses can replace the corresponding undergraduate courses.

CS 540Language Processors (to replace CS 440)3
CS 550Database Systems (to replace CS 450)3
CS 551Computer Graphics (to replace CS 451)3
CS 555Computer Communications and Networking (to replace CS 455)3
CS 571Operating Systems (to replace CS 471)3
CS 580Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (to replace CS 480)3
CS 583Analysis of Algorithms (to replace CS 483)3
CS 584Theory and Applications of Data Mining (to replace CS 484)3
CS 587Introduction to Cryptography (to replace CS 487)3
SWE 619Object-Oriented Software Specification and Construction (to replace SWE 419)3
SWE 637Software Testing (to replace SWE 437)3
SWE 642Software Engineering for the World Wide Web (to replace SWE 432)3

Notes:

  • Students may not use both the graduate course and the undergraduate alternative for their BS degree.
  • Students must satisfy all recommended and required prerequisites for the graduate courses they take.
  • Students also have the option to take up to 6 additional credits of graduate coursework, on reserve, which can be used for the MS degree only.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply for degree conferral the semester before they expect to complete their BS requirements. At the beginning of their final undergraduate semester, students must submit a completed Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's Transition form to the CS department office. The master's degree will be conferred after the student completes the MS requirements.

Computer Science, BS/Curriculum and Instruction, Accelerated MEd (Secondary Education Computer Science Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a BS in Computer Science (degree without concentration) and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction (Secondary Education Computer Science concentration) in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 143 credits.

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree for policies related to this program.

This accelerated option is offered jointly by the Department of Computer Science and the School of Education.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. For information specific to this accelerated master's program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits, and additional unit-specific criteria.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master’s Admission Requirements

Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the MEd program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • 3.0 overall GPA                                                      
  • Completion of specific undergraduate coursework          
  • Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation. 

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following which can be taken as Advanced Standing or Reserve Graduate credit (to be determined by the student and their advisor):

EDRD 619Literacy in the Content Areas3
SEED 522Foundations of Secondary Education3
SEED 540Human Development and Learning: Secondary Education3
SEED 566Teaching Computer Science in the Secondary School3
SEED 676Advanced Methods of Teaching Computer Science in the Secondary School3
SEED approved elective

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies. 

Computer Science, BS/Data Analytics Engineering, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified students in the Computer Science, BS can complete both a BS-CS and a Data Analytics Engineering, MS in five years through the BS-MS accelerated (BAM) program.

General BAM policies are in the catalog under AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. Policies governing all graduate degrees are in the catalog under AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Students in the Computer Science, BS program are encouraged to apply to the BAM program after earning 60 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.30. Students must have successfully completed CS 310 Data Structures and CS 330 Formal Methods and Models .

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students accepted to the BAM program may earn up to 9 credits of graduate coursework that count towards both the BS and MS degrees. They may begin taking graduate courses after completing 75 undergraduate credits and successfully completing CS 367 Computer Systems and Programming.

The following graduate courses can replace the corresponding undergraduate courses.

CS 584Theory and Applications of Data Mining (to replace CS 484)3
CS 550Database Systems (to replace CS 450)3
CS 580Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (to replace CS 480)3

Notes:

  • Students may not use both the graduate course and the undergraduate alternative for their BS degree.
  • Students must satisfy all recommended and required prerequisites for the graduate courses they take.
  • Students must still take the DAEN core courses (AIT 580 Analytics Big Data to Information, OR 531 Analytics and Decision Analysis, and STAT 515 Applied Statistics and Visualization for Analytics).
  • Students also have the option to take up to 6 additional credits of graduate coursework on reserve, which can be used for the MS degree only.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply for degree conferral the semester before they expect to complete their BS requirements. At the beginning of their final undergraduate semester, students must submit a completed Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's Transition form to the CS department office. The master’s degree will be conferred after the student completes the MS requirements.

Computer Science, BS/Information Security and Assurance, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified students in the Computer Science, BS can complete both a BS-CS and a Information Security and Assurance, MS in five years through the BS-MS accelerated (BAM) program.

General BAM policies are in the catalog under AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. Policies governing all graduate degrees are in the catalog under AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Students in the Computer Science, BS program are encouraged to apply to the BAM program after earning 60 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.30. Students must have successfully completed CS 310 Data Structures and CS 330 Formal Methods and Models.

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students accepted to the BAM program may earn up to 12 credits of graduate coursework that count towards both the BS and MS degrees. They may begin taking graduate courses after completing 75 undergraduate credits and successfully completing CS 367 Computer Systems and Programming.

The following graduate courses can replace the corresponding undergraduate courses.

CS 540Language Processors (to replace CS 440)3
CS 550Database Systems (to replace CS 450)3
CS 551Computer Graphics (to replace CS 451)3
CS 555Computer Communications and Networking (to replace CS 455)3
CS 571Operating Systems (to replace CS 471)3
CS 580Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (to replace CS 480)3
CS 583Analysis of Algorithms (to replace CS 483)3
CS 584Theory and Applications of Data Mining (to replace CS 484)3
CS 587Introduction to Cryptography (to replace CS 487)3
SWE 619Object-Oriented Software Specification and Construction (to replace SWE 419)3
SWE 637Software Testing (to replace SWE 437)3
SWE 642Software Engineering for the World Wide Web (to replace SWE 432)3

Notes:

  • Students may not use both the graduate course and the undergraduate alternative for their BS degree.
  • Students must satisfy all recommended and required prerequisites for the graduate courses they take.
  • Students also have the option to take up to 6 additional credits of graduate coursework on reserve, which can be used for the MS degree only.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply for degree conferral the semester before they expect to complete their BS requirements. At the beginning of their final undergraduate semester, students must submit a completed Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's Transition form to the CS department office. The master’s degree will be conferred after the student completes the MS requirements.

Computer Science, BS/Information Systems, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified students in the Computer Science, BS can complete both a BS-CS and an Information Systems, MS in five years through the BS-MS accelerated (BAM) program.

General BAM policies are in the catalog under AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. Policies governing all graduate degrees are in the catalog under AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Students in the Computer Science, BS program are encouraged to apply to the BAM program after earning 60 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.30. Students must have successfully completed CS 310 Data Structures and CS 330 Formal Methods and Models.

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students accepted to the BAM program may earn up to 12 credits of graduate coursework that count towards both the BS and MS degrees. They may begin taking graduate courses after completing 75 undergraduate credits and successfully completing CS 367 Computer Systems and Programming.

The following graduate courses can replace the corresponding undergraduate courses.

CS 540Language Processors (to replace CS 440)3
CS 550Database Systems (to replace CS 450)3
CS 551Computer Graphics (to replace CS 451)3
CS 555Computer Communications and Networking (to replace CS 455)3
CS 571Operating Systems (to replace CS 471)3
CS 580Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (to replace CS 480)3
CS 583Analysis of Algorithms (to replace CS 483)3
CS 584Theory and Applications of Data Mining (to replace CS 484)3
CS 587Introduction to Cryptography (to replace CS 487)3
SWE 619Object-Oriented Software Specification and Construction (to replace SWE 419)3
SWE 637Software Testing (to replace SWE 437)3
SWE 642Software Engineering for the World Wide Web (to replace SWE 432)3

Note:

  • Students may not use both the graduate course and the undergraduate alternative for their BS degree.
  • Students must satisfy all recommended and required prerequisites for the graduate courses they take.
  • Students also have the option to take up to 6 additional credits of graduate coursework on reserve, which can be used for the MS degree only.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply for degree conferral the semester before they expect to complete their BS requirements. At the beginning of their final undergraduate semester, students must submit a completed Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's Transition form to the CS department office. The master’s degree will be conferred after the student completes the MS requirements.

Computer Science, BS/Operations Research, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a Computer Science, BS and an Operations Research, MS in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits.

Admitted students are able to use up to 12 graduate credits in partial satisfaction of requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion and conferral of the bachelor's degree and with satisfactory performance (grade of 'B' or better) in each of the graduate courses, students are given advanced standing in the master's program. 

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies.

Computer Science, BS students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.3, and completion of all MATH and Science requirements. Students must additionally complete MATH 203 Linear Algebra prior to applying for the graduate program.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

The criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Operations Research, MS program. Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the Operations Research, MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • An overall GPA of at least 3.3
  • Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced Standing course: Students must complete all credits that satisfy requirements for both the BS and MS programs. Up to four courses (12 credits) of approved master’s level courses taken as part of the undergraduate degree may be applied to the graduate degree. The courses selected for this purpose must be approved by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs and by the SEOR department chair. For the BS programs that allow undergraduate electives from the department of system engineering and operations research, the students may choose the graduate version of such elective courses to replace the corresponding undergraduate courses.

  • Students selecting up to two courses (6 credits) of approved master’s level courses may select from the combined Computer Science course list and Systems Engineering and Operations Research course list given below.
  • Students selecting up to three or four courses (9 or 12 credits) of approved master’s level courses may select at most two courses from the Computer Science course list and select the remaining courses from the Systems Engineering and Operations Research course list given below. Students are highly recommended to select courses marked as core courses because it applies to the master’s degree regardless of the graduate-level concentration chosen in the Operations Research, MS. The undergraduate version of these courses, if any, may not be applied toward the Operations Research, MS. Credit may not be received for both the undergraduate and graduate version of these courses. 
  • Students must pay attention to the prerequisites required for a course, and the master's degree concentration that the course may satisfy.

Select at most two from the following Computer Science courses:

Language Processors
Database Systems
Computer Graphics
Computer Communications and Networking
Operating Systems
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Analysis of Algorithms
Theory and Applications of Data Mining

Select the remaining from the following Systems Engineering and Operations Research courses:

Operations Research: Deterministic Models (Core)
Operations Research: Stochastic Models (Core)

While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of 6 additional graduate credits may be taken as reserve graduate credit and applied to the master's program. Reserve graduate credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree.

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form. At the completion of MS requirements, a master's degree is conferred.

Computer Science, BS/Software Engineering, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified students in the Computer Science, BS program can complete both a BS-CS and a Software Engineering, MS in five years through the BS-MS accelerated (BAM) program.

General BAM policies are in the catalog under AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. Policies governing all graduate degrees are in the catalog under AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission Requirements

Students in the Computer Science, BS program are encouraged to apply to the BAM program after earning 60 undergraduate credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.30. Students must also have successfully completed CS 310 Data Structures and CS 330 Formal Methods and Models .

Accelerated Option Requirements

Students accepted to the BAM program may earn up to 12 credits of graduate coursework that count towards both the BS and MS degrees. They may begin taking graduate courses after completing 75 undergraduate credits and successfully completing CS 367 Computer Systems and Programming.

The following graduate courses can replace the corresponding undergraduate courses.

CS 540Language Processors (to replace CS 440)3
CS 550Database Systems (to replace CS 450)3
CS 551Computer Graphics (to replace CS 451)3
CS 555Computer Communications and Networking (to replace CS 455)3
CS 571Operating Systems (to replace CS 471)3
CS 580Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (to replace CS 480)3
CS 583Analysis of Algorithms (to replace CS 483)3
CS 584Theory and Applications of Data Mining (to replace CS 484)3
CS 587Introduction to Cryptography (to replace CS 487)3
SWE 619Object-Oriented Software Specification and Construction (to replace SWE 419)3
SWE 637Software Testing (to replace SWE 437)3
SWE 642Software Engineering for the World Wide Web (to replace SWE 432)3

Notes:

  • Students may not use both the graduate course and the undergraduate alternative for their BS degree.
  • Students must satisfy all recommended and required prerequisites for the graduate courses they take.
  • Students also have the option to take up to 6 additional credits of graduate coursework on reserve, which can be used for the MS degree only.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply for degree conferral the semester before they expect to complete their BS requirements. At the beginning of their final undergraduate semester, students must submit a completed Bachelor's-Accelerated Master's Transition form to the CS department office. The master’s degree will be conferred after the student completes the MS requirements.

Computer Science, BS/Systems Engineering, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor's/accelerated master's program and obtain a  Computer Science, BS and a Systems Engineering, MS in an accelerated time-frame after satisfactory completion of a minimum of 138 credits.

Admitted students are able to use up to 12 graduate credits in partial satisfaction of requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion and conferral of the bachelor's degree and with satisfactory performance (grade of 'B' or better) in each of the graduate courses, students are given advanced standing in the master's program. 

See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees for policies related to this program.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

BAM Pathway Admission Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies and Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degree policies.

Computer Science, BS students will be considered for admission into the BAM Pathway after completion of a minimum of 60 credits with an overall GPA of at least 3.3, and completion of all MATH and Science requirements.

Students who are accepted into the BAM Pathway will be allowed to register for graduate level courses after successful completion of a minimum of 75 undergraduate credits and course-specific pre-requisites.

Accelerated Master's Admission Requirements

The criteria for admission are identical to criteria for admission to the Systems Engineering, MS program. Students already admitted in the BAM Pathway will be admitted to the Systems Engineering, MS program, if they have met the following criteria, as verified on the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition form:

  • An overall GPA of at least 3.3
  • Successfully meeting Mason’s requirements for undergraduate degree conferral (graduation) and completing the application for graduation.

Accelerated Pathway Requirements

To maintain the integrity and quality of both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs, undergraduate students interested in taking graduate courses must choose from the following:

Advanced Standing course: Students must complete all credits that satisfy requirements for both the BS and MS programs. Up to four courses (12 credits) of approved master’s level courses taken as part of the undergraduate degree may be applied to the graduate degree. The courses selected for this purpose must be approved by the academic advisors of both the BS and MS programs and by the SEOR department chair. For the BS programs that allow undergraduate electives from the department of system engineering and operations research, the students may choose the graduate version of such elective courses to replace the corresponding undergraduate courses.

  • Students selecting up to two courses (6 credits) of approved master’s level courses may select from the combined Computer Science course list and Systems Engineering and Operations Research course list given below.
  • Students selecting up to three or four courses (9 or 12 credits) of approved master’s level courses may select at most two courses from the Computer Science course list and select the remaining courses from the Systems Engineering and Operations Research course list given below. The undergraduate version of these courses, if any, may not be applied toward the Systems Engineering, MS. Credit may not be received for both the undergraduate and graduate version of these courses. 
  • Any course chosen from either course list can be used to satisfy SYST 505 Systems Engineering Principles core requirement in the Systems Engineering, MS program. 
  • Some of the courses in the Systems Engineering and Operations Research course list applies only to certain concentrations in the Systems Engineering, MS program. 
  • Students must pay attention to the prerequisites required for a course, and the master's degree concentration that the course may satisfy.

Select at most two from the following Computer Science courses:

Language Processors
Database Systems
Computer Graphics
Computer Communications and Networking
Operating Systems
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Analysis of Algorithms
Theory and Applications of Data Mining

Select the remaining from the following Systems Engineering and Operations Research courses: 

Operations Research: Deterministic Models
Operations Research: Stochastic Models

While still in undergraduate status, a maximum of 6 additional graduate credits may be taken as reserve graduate credit and applied to the master's program. Reserve graduate credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree.

For more detailed information on coursework and timeline requirements, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Degree Conferral

Students must apply the semester before they expect to complete the BS requirements to have the BS degree conferred. In addition, at the beginning of the student's final undergraduate semester, students must complete a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition form. At the completion of MS requirements, a master's degree is conferred.