MSCS Bridge Program Requirements

The MSCS Bridge Program is a 60 unit program that requires three years of full-time study.

Required Courses

The program follows a cohort model during the first and second years. As a result, all students will take the following core courses at the same time:

Year 1

Course Title Units Term Year Prereq
CS 514 Object Oriented Programming 6 Fall 1 None
Math 501 Discrete Mathematics 4 Fall 1 None
CS 520 Modern Parallel Programming 4 Spring 1

>= B in CS514

>= B in Math501

CS 545 Data Structures and Algorithms 4 Spring 1

>= B in CS514

>= B in Math501

CS *** Elective (300 or 400 level) 4 Spring 1 CS 514
CS 695 Practicum 2 Summer 1 CS 520, CS545

Year 2

Course Title Units Term Year Prereq
CS 601 Principles of Software Development 4 Fall 2 None
CS 673 Algorithms 4 Fall 2 None
CS 631 Systems Foundations 4 Spring 2 CS 601
CS 652 Programming Languages 4 Spring 2 CS 601

Year 3

Course Title Units Term Year Prereq
CS 690 Masters Project 4 Fall 3 Enrolled in Year 2
CS 6** Elective 4 Fall 3 Enrolled in Year 2
CS 6** Elective 4 Fall or Spring 3 Enrolled in Year 2
CS 6** Elective 4 Spring 3 Enrolled in Year 2
CS 6** Elective 4 Fall 3 Enrolled in Year 2

Graduate Electives

Students must take 16 units of 600-level graduate CS electives during their second year. A maximum of 4 units may come from CS 695 Practicum Study or CS 698 Directed Study. A rotating selection of graduate electives will be available every semester.