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Computer Science Accelerated Program

Computer Science Accelerated Dual Degree Program Overview

Manhattanville’s five-year dual degree program combines the bachelor’s degree program in computer science with the Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science degree program, enabling students to seamlessly transition to graduate studies and earn both a bachelor’s and master’s in this fast-growing field in just one extra year after completing the bachelor’s degree program.

Two 4+1 accelerated computer science program pathways are available:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) Computer Science + MS Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Computer Science + MS Computer Science

The BA pathway offers students more freedom to pursue another major and tailor electives to their interests. Students in the BS degree program complete more focused and intensive studies in either a computer science track or a math and data science track. High-quality internships at the Data Lab, research-driven class projects that involve designing real websites and apps for clients, and an integrated capstone project in the master’s program give students the opportunity to build their portfolios before they graduate.

By holding a combined bachelor’s and MS in Computer Science, students enter the workforce with a competitive edge. Their technical skills mean they can apply for more advanced roles and demand higher wages than other candidates. 

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The accelerated dual degree in computer science program equips you with the advanced professional tools that can fast-track your career in tech or any industry that relies on high-level computational skills. Graduating with proficiency in data analysis, algorithms, artificial intelligence, and computing research enhances your employment opportunities. Throughout the program, you also learn how to develop software, code, and leverage computational technologies — all highly sought-after skills. 

The 4+1 program does more than fast-track your future — it can help you reduce the cost of your education. Save on tuition by using your undergraduate financial aid package to cover up to 12 graduate credits. Entering the workforce with two degrees instead of one also positions you for higher salaries, even when applying for entry-level roles. 

During the first two years of your undergraduate education, you study fundamental math, programming, design, analysis, and process concepts. In year three, you can apply to begin master’s-level courses in computer science. As you make your way through the program, the Center for Career Development connects you to quality networking and professional opportunities in New York City’s top companies and firms to boost your résumé. 

Years One-Two: Embark on your academic journey as a computer science major, completing coursework in the BA/BS program to build a solid foundation in computer science principles, preparing you for advanced graduate-level studies.

Years Three-Four: After meeting with academic advisors and fulfilling prerequisites, begin taking courses geared toward the MS in Computer Science degree.

Year Five: Having finalized your bachelor's coursework in computer science and initiated your master's studies, complete the remaining Master of Science in Computer Science requirements.


The 4+1 accelerated bachelor’s to master’s in computer science program curriculum provides more intensive computer science training than other 4+1 accelerated program pathways to an MS in Computer Science. Other majors that lead to a dual degree include math, biology, and data science. Whatever your professional goal is, Manhattanville University can help you achieve it. 

Explore Manhattanville’s 4+1 programs for more 4+1 pathways to the MS in Computer Science degree.

As an undergraduate at Manhattanville University, you gain a well-rounded education in the liberal arts, exploring disciplines in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and fine arts and honing the writing and research skills that benefit any field of study. The BA/BS in Computer Science degree requirements cover computer programming, data structures, systems architecture, web development, and interactive design. Tailor your studies to your interests through electives or by choosing the math and data science track in your major. 

The master’s courses deepen your understanding and technical skills with an eye toward advanced professionalization. Coursework includes database design, network and internet, cybersecurity, foundations of deep learning, and graph theory. Gain proficiency in industry-standard programming languages like Python, Java, Ruby, and C++ and learn how to apply them to real-world scenarios.


Requirements for the accelerated 4+1 BA/BS + MS in Computer Science include:

  • 12 core major courses and BA or BS requirements (120 credits)
  • Nine graduate courses plus capstone computer science practicum (30 credits)

Complete 12 of 30 graduate credits while in the final year of your bachelor’s in computer science degree program, accelerating your career timeline and finishing with the full Master of Science in Computer Science degree in one extra year.


Career opportunities for computer scientists have been expanding for several decades — and show no signs of stopping. The projected job growth rate for the field is 23%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, much faster than average for other occupations. This is due in large part to computer science professionals being in high demand in industries beyond the tech sector. With a combined BA/BS and MS in Computer Science, graduates can launch careers in healthcare, finance, e-commerce, energy, government, business, engineering, and even space. 

Dual computer science degree jobs include: 

  • AI and Machine Learning Engineer
  • Blockchain Engineer
  • Computer and Information Research Scientist
  • Information Analyst
  • Information Security Manager
  • QA/Test Engineer
  • Robotics Engineer
  • Software Developer
  • Systems Software Engineer
  • UX/UI Product Designer

Though some senior-level positions still require years of work experience, a master’s degree increases the salary potential for candidates applying to their first or entry-level role. Holding a graduate degree can also shorten the time it takes to move up the corporate ladder.


Salaries With a Combined BA/BS and MS in Computer Science

When you enter the workforce with a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, computer science salaries are usually higher than those for candidates with just a bachelor’s degree alone. With every year of additional work experience, your salary potential also increases. Many computer scientists can command six-figure wages — for example, the median pay for computer and information research scientists in 2022 was $136,620. According to the Bureau Of Labor Statistics, possible salary outcomes for graduates include:

Full time:

Jon Munson

Mia Heissan

Mirela Djordjevic


Part time:

Freddy Santiago

Susmita Kha


If you are interested in pursuing an MS in Computer Science but want to explore other majors, Manhattanville offers other dual degree programs that lead to this graduate degree. Curriculums for all five-year bachelor’s/master’s programs give you the flexibility to focus and gain hands-on experience in a computer science subfield. Our accelerated computer science degrees include: 

We also offer a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Computer Science Education, which prepares you for New York’s initial teaching certification. 

Explore other undergraduate majors and 4+1 programs.

Admission to the Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Program

The five-year BA/BS + MS in Computer Science can help you reach your goals faster while still providing you with a well-rounded liberal arts education. 

Start your journey by applying to the BA/BS in Computer Science degree program at Manhattanville University. You can apply to the computer science dual degree program after you complete at least 75 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.3. You also need at least one letter of recommendation from a Manhattanville faculty member. An advisor will help you with the next steps toward your degree to make sure you are on track to completing the requirements for both degrees. Once you are accepted into the program, you can start taking graduate courses in your fourth year of college. 

Review Manhattanville Undergraduate Admissions and contact the admissions team with any questions. 


Combined Computer Science Program Financial Aid

Manhattanville financial aid programs can reduce the cost of a master’s in computer science. You can use your undergraduate financial aid package to cover up to 12 graduate credits and save on tuition. 

Learn more about financial aid and scholarships at Manhattanville University.


Apply to the 4+1 BA/BS + MS in Computer Science Program

Fast-track your career with the 4+1 BA/BS + MS in Computer Science degree program at Manhattanville University. The accelerated pathway equips you with the specialized knowledge and technical understanding to soar in a challenging, dynamic field.

Coursework is hands-on and experiential, focused on developing solutions and real-world applications. With New York City only a short train ride away, you can boost your résumé with industry-relevant internships and networking opportunities. 

Find out more about our computer science combined degree, schedule a visit, or apply to undergraduate admissions today.