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Undergraduate Catalog | 2019-2020 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2019-2020 Previous Edition

Computer Science, M.S., Early Entry

Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may apply to this Early Entry Program to begin work toward a graduate degree before completion of the baccalaureate degree.  

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of at least 75 undergraduate credit hours (although it is expected that close to 90 credit hours will have been earned by the time the first graduate course is taken)
  • Minimum 3.2 overall undergraduate GPA
  • Minimum 3.3 GPA in the Department of Computer Science
  • Submit application online at mygradschool.uncc.edu and provide supporting documents
  • Recommendation by the Graduate Program Director and approved by the Graduate School

Continued Enrollment Requirements

  • Completion of Early Entry Program Form, and approved by the Undergraduate Coordinator, Graduate Program Director, and Graduate School, prior to registering for graduate coursework each semester
  • Maintain a minimum 2.75 overall undergraduate GPA and 3.0 Junior/Senior GPA
  • Undergraduate students are allowed to take only 15 hours of graduate credit before they have completed their baccalaureate degree

Accelerated Program/Double-Counted Courses

This Early Entry Program is also accelerated; up to 12 credit hours earned at the graduate level may be substituted for required undergraduate hours.  In other words, up to 12 credit hours of graduate coursework may be “double counted” toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.  The following are approved course substitutions for Early Entry into the M.S. in Computer Science program, listed by the concentration to which they relate.

Undergraduate Course Graduate Substitution
Capstone Course  
ITCS 4155   ITCS 6112
AI, Robotics, and Gaming Concentration Electives  
ITCS 4123   ITCS 5123
ITCS 4152   ITCS 5152
ITCS 4156   ITCS 6156
ITCS 4230  ITCS 5230
ITCS 4231   ITCS 5231
ITCS 4235   ITCS 5235
ITCS 4236   ITCS 5236
Software, Systems, and Networking Concentration Electives  
   ITCS 5102
ITCS 4131   ITCS 6166
ITCS 4141   ITCS 5141
ITCS 4180   ITCS 5180
ITIS 4166   ITIS 5166
Data Science Concentration Electives  
ITCS 4121     ITCS 5121
ITCS 4122   ITCS 5122
ITCS 4156   ITCS 6156
ITIS 4510   ITIS 5510

More Information

For additional details on Early Entry to Graduate Programs, see the “Degree Requirements and Academic Policies” section of the Graduate Catalog and the Graduate Admissions website at gradadmissions.uncc.edu/admissions/early-entry.

For details about the full requirements for this degree program, see the program listing in the Graduate Catalog.