2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    Apr 21, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Computer Science MS, Accelerated BS to MS Track

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College: Engineering and Computer Science Degree: MS
Department: Computer Science Option: Thesis, Nonthesis

Track Description

The Accelerated BS to MS program in Computer Science allows highly qualified UCF undergraduate majors in Computer Science to take graduate-level courses that will count toward their MS degree while completing their BS degree program.


Total Credit Hours Required: 30 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

Up to 12 credit hours of 5000- and 6000-level courses with a grade of “B” (3.0) or better may be counted toward the accelerated BS to MS program. Two additional requirements for the students in this program are: 

  • Students must earn at least a “B” (3.0) in each undergraduate- or graduate-level course counted for the program.
  • Students must opt for this program no later than the beginning of their junior year.

Undergraduate Requirements

See the current version of the Undergraduate Catalog and the College of Engineering and Computer Science website for additional requirements for accelerated programs.

Graduate Requirements

For the thesis option, students must take at least 18 credit hours beyond the 12 credit hours counted toward the undergraduate degree and include 6 credit hours of thesis. For both the thesis and nonthesis options, the 18 credit hours need to include.

  • CDA 5106  and COT 5405 , both with a grade of “B” (3.0) or better (6 credit hours)
  • Any approved pair of Computer Science courses (a 5000/6000 pair) in a single area of discourse, both with a grade of “B” (3.0) or better (6 credit hours)

Plan of Study

The Plan of Study is an agreement between the student, the program and the University that lists the coursework taken to satisfy the requirements for completing the degree. The Plan of Study for student is flexible and unique to each student. However, it must meet university, college and department requirements.

All graduate students must have a Plan of Study on file, approved by the adviser and graduate coordinator, by the completion of 9 credit hours after entering the program. The College of Graduate Studies automatically places a “hold” on future registration for noncompliance. The default adviser for nonthesis MS students is the Graduate Coordinator.

Equipment Fee

Students in the Computer Science MS program pay a $34 equipment fee each semester that they are enrolled. Part-time students pay $17 per semester.

Independent Learning

The Independent Learning Requirement is met by successful completion of a master’s thesis or an approved set of research-based classes for nonthesis students.

Application Requirements

For information on general UCF graduate admissions requirements that apply to all prospective students, please visit the Admissions  section of the Graduate Catalog. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

The Accelerated BS to MS program in Computer Science allows highly qualified University of Central Florida undergraduate majors in Computer Science to begin taking graduate-level courses that will count toward their master’s degree while completing their baccalaureate degree program. Students apply for admission to the accelerated program in either their junior year or senior year. If the student has a degree in the discipline but were not previously part of this accelerated program, then they should apply to the Computer Science Program without a track selection. Additional information about this track may be located at: http://www.cecs.ucf.edu/current-students/bs-ms-program/.

In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirement , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Official, competitive GRE score taken within the last five years.
    • NOTE: The GRE has been removed as an admission requirement for this graduate program for applicants applying Spring 2021 through the Fall 2021 term. This is a temporary measure in response to disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Resume
  • Letters of recommendation (encouraged but not required)

Application Deadlines

Accelerated BS to MS *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants Jan 15 Jul 1 Dec 1  
This track is available to University of Central Florida undergraduate majors in Computer Science only.
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.


Graduate students may receive financial assistance through fellowships, assistantships, tuition support, or loans. For more information, see the College of Graduate Studies Funding website, which describes the types of financial assistance available at UCF and provides general guidance in planning your graduate finances. The Financial Information  section of the Graduate Catalog is another key resource.


Fellowships are awarded based on academic merit to highly qualified students. They are paid to students through the Office of Student Financial Assistance, based on instructions provided by the College of Graduate Studies. Fellowships are given to support a student’s graduate study and do not have a work obligation. For more information, see UCF Graduate Fellowships, which includes descriptions of university fellowships and what you should do to be considered for a fellowship.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Liquang Wang PhD
Associate Professor
Telephone: 407-823-3187
HEC 437E

Graduate Admissions

Ashley Rivera Mercado
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

Graduate Fellowships

Grad Fellowships
Telephone: 407-823-0127

Graduate Financial Aid

UCF Student Financial Assistance
Millican Hall 120
Telephone: 407-823-2827
Appointment Line: 407-823-5285
Fax: 407-823-5241

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