The co-terminal degree programs in Computer Science encourages enrolled undergraduates to add a master’s degree in computer science to their bachelor’s degree in less time and tuition than earning the degrees separately. The combined program can be completed in as few as five years and up to 9 credit hours can be shared by the two degree programs. Undergraduate financial aid may be available while taking graduate courses.
You can choose from a number of master’s degrees for your co-terminal degree, depending on your undergraduate area of study. These include:
- MSCS: Master of Science in Computer Science
- MCS: Master of Computer Science
- MDS: Master of Data Science (joint with the Department of Applied Mathematics)
- MAS-AI: Master of Artificial Intelligence (starting Fall 2019)
- MAS-CYBS: Master of Cybersecurity (starting Fall 2019)
- MS-CDSOR: Master of Science in Computational Decision Science and Operations Research (starting Fall 2019)
For information on the similarities and differences between the MSCS and MCS degree programs, see this comparison.
Admission and Financial Aid
To be eligible for admission, you must be enrolled as undergraduate students at Illinois Tech. There are application deadlines and minimum and maximum undergraduate credit requirements. In addition, applicants for a computer science co-terminal degree must have a minimum GPA of 3.25/4.0. A GRE score is not required. For information on how to apply and on tuition and financial aid, see the Co-Terminal Degrees page at Graduate Academic Affairs.
You must meet both undergraduate and graduate program requirements for the degrees to complete the co-terminal program. Undergraduate and graduate academic GPA requirements both apply. The degrees are awarded simultaneously but do not need to be completed simultaneously. Co-terminal students are considered to be undergraduate students, even if they are taking only graduate courses after completing their undergraduate degree requirements. Note: The graduate courses taken count toward both the graduate and undergraduate GPAs. Details are at the co-terminal Program Requirements page at Graduate Academic Affairs.
In addition to your existing undergraduate advisor, as a co-terminal student you are assigned a graduate co-terminal advisor to assist you with meeting graduate program requirements. Note: The primary undergraduate advisor is also marked as primary in myIIT > Graduate Degree Works, but the graduate co-terminal advisor should still be used for graduate program requirements.
Graduate Degree Works is used to specify the shared and non-shared course credits to be used to satisfy the master’s program's degree requirements. If you have graduate or undergraduate credit requirements for your financial aid, consider them when planning what courses you will take.
For courses shared with a bachelor's program in CS, the department allows three CS 400-level or above courses (but not CS 401 or 402). Some co-terminal programs have specific requirements, which override the default requirements (see the program description for your particular degree combination).
The default requirements imposed by the CS department are that the courses must be electives, and the department does not allow required courses to be shared. If your bachelor's programs is not CS, you can select CS courses required for CS majors if they are electives for your bachelor's program. You also have the option of using a 500-level course from your bachelor's program as one of your three shared courses. The selected course must be on the list of transferrable CS-related courses. In addition, CS 401, CS 402, and CS 491 cannot be shared.
See the Co-Terminal Degrees page at Graduate Academic Affairs for links to FAQs and resources. In particular, the "Shared and Non-Shared eForms Guide" resource details the process for specifying the courses one intends to take.
Last modified 5/30/2019
- 2019-05-30: Add links to MAS-AI, MAS-CYBS, MS-CDSOR (for all 2019)
- 2019-04-03: add "can't suare 401 402 491"
- 2019-03-29: add some #link ids; 2019-02-05: Change to requiring 3.25 GPA was approved
- 2018-11-09: Some degrees have specific shared course requirements (BS CE and CS MS / CS MAS, e.g.)
- 2018-10-19: No longer using plan of study form in GDW.
- 2018-06-13: GDW lists primary UG advisor as primary advisor; use CTRM advisor nonetheless. Also some mild rephrasing.
- 2018-03-06: Fix 3.25 GPA requirement to 3.0 GPA but warn it'll go up to 3.25.
- 2017-06-03: Can't share required courses 2016-11-20: Rewritten from original version