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New Program Offers Five Year B.S./M.S. Computer Science Degrees

January 23, 2008

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MACOMB, IL -- Today's technology-dependent and ever-changing technology environment requires graduates with strong technical and leadership skills. In response to this need, Western Illinois University's computer science department is introducing a new integrated program that will allow students to complete both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in just five years.

According to Computer Science Chair Kathleen Neumann, the program, which will begin in Fall 2008, provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduates to complete a traditional four year undergraduate degree in computer science and then, with one additional year, earn a master's degree.

"Coursework for the bachelor's degree will differ from the standard bachelor degree requirements only in that the student must take three graduate level courses as part of their depth courses in the bachelor's program requirements," Neumann explained.

Students may apply for admission to the computer science integrated program after completing 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework of which a minimum of 30 semester hours must be at WIU. Applicants must have a 3.25 cumulative grade point average and a 3.25 grade point average in the computer science major.

"The integrated five-year B.S./M.S. Computer Science degree builds on the department's and the College of Business and Technology's foundation of academic excellence and promotes the intellectual and personal growth of our students," Neumann added. "The program will also send much needed, qualified master's graduates into the workplace one year sooner."

For more information about the five-year program, contact the computer science department at or 309/298-1452.

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