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Data Science and Computer Science Accelerated Program

BA/BS Data Science and MS Computer Science Accelerated Dual Degree Program Overview

Manhattanville University’s dual accelerated data science degree program allows students to complete the undergraduate data science major and the Master of Science (MS) in Computer Science degree program in just five years. This enables them to enter in-demand research and industry careers at the intersection of data science and computing one year earlier than the typical time required to earn a graduate degree.

Two 4+1 accelerated degree program pathways are available:

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

With the BA pathway, candidates can apply their electives toward another major or minor, or they can tailor their credits toward their unique interests. Students in the BS program receive more intensive and technical training in science and math courses, like calculus and probability.

Both choices allow students to become proficient in computer programming, machine learning, database design, natural language processing, mathematics and statistics, and professional communication skills. They also learn how to apply data science to real-world scenarios in finance, the natural sciences, the social sciences, the media, and other fields. 

A combined BA/BS in Data Science + MS in Computer Science grants graduates a competitive edge in today’s job market. Their advanced training prepares them for senior roles in a wide variety of fields and increases earning potential. 

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The accelerated data science degree equips students with advanced proficiency in statistics, visualization and modeling techniques, in-demand programming languages, testing strategies, and database management. It also hones skills that employers value, like business analysis, teamwork, problem-solving, and excellent communication. 

A 4+1 program helps students reach their professional goals sooner than traditional pathways. It also helps them save money on their education. Since students take up to 12 graduate credits as dual credits during their bachelor’s degree, they can pay for them using their undergraduate financial aid package. 

The first two years of the program are devoted to foundational undergraduate courses. In year three, students can begin working toward their master’s degree. Throughout their studies, candidates can turn to the Center for Career Development to find relevant internships, boost their job-searching skills, and expand their professional network. 


Years One-Two: Start your educational path as a data science major, engaging in coursework within the BA/BS in Data Science program and setting the stage for higher-level computer science studies.

Years Three-Four: After meeting with academic advisors and completing prerequisites, transition into courses credited to the MS in Computer Science degree.

Year Five: After completing your bachelor’s degree coursework in data science and beginning your master's coursework, fulfill the remaining requirements for the Master of Science in Computer Science degree.


The data science major trains students how to use data analytics, statistics, and programming languages to solve problems in a wide variety of fields, and they can tailor the flexible curriculum to their particular interests. We also offer other accelerated combined bachelor’s programs with the MS in Computer Science that fit other professional goals. 

See all accelerated 4+1 program pathways offered by Manhattanville.

The data science major curriculum is robust, incorporating the latest technological advances and in-demand skills employers seek. General education requirements and electives provide a well-rounded foundation in critical thinking, research, and writing. Courses in the major cover statistics, computational thinking, calculus, discrete structures, and computation. The Senior Evaluation Research and Senior Evaluation Implementation projects offer the opportunity to apply your knowledge to designing and delivering solutions-based software. 

Then, the master’s in computer science program takes your skills even further with advanced courses in topics like database design and construction and natural language processing. The capstone project focuses on applying your expertise to a real-world scenario. 

Requirements for the accelerated data science + MS Computer Science program include:

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

Accelerate your career and obtain a full Master of Science in Computer Science degree one year quicker than is typical by completing 12 of 30 graduate credits in the final years of your BA or BS in Data Science program.


A combined background in data science and computer science prepares you for some of the most coveted roles in our tech-centric economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics expects opportunities for data scientists to grow by 35% in the next decade. A master’s degree only strengthens your professional profile, signaling to employers that you have highly specialized skills that can fast-track your rise to senior-level positions. Specializing in AI, programming languages, cybersecurity, game design, UI/UX design, cloud computing, or other subfields also increases your chances of advancing in your career more quickly.

Some of the jobs you can get with a graduate computer science degree include: 

  • AI Engineer
  • AI Researcher
  • Cloud Engineer
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Database Architect
  • Games Developer
  • IT Project Manager
  • Mobile App Developer
  • Software Architect
  • UX Designer

Though supervisory roles may require some work experience after graduation, the salary potential of an entry-level role is higher if you hold a master’s degree. It also opens the door to more opportunities the further you go in your career. 


Salaries With a Data Science Major and Master’s in Computer Science

Though a data science bachelor’s degree salary is competitive, wages for those who hold a master’s degree are usually higher, and the potential for increase as they gain work experience is stronger. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for data scientists was $103,500 in 2022. For computer and information scientist researchers — roles that require a master’s degree — the median wage jumps to $136,620. Other possible salary outcomes include:

Full time:

Jon Munson

Mia Heissan

Mirela Djordjevic


Part time:

Freddy Santiago

Susmita Kha


In addition to the 4+1 BA/BS in Data Science + MS in Computer Science program, Manhattanville offers other accelerated degrees that combine a master’s in computer science with a major in a related field. If you have your sights set on a graduate education in computer science, you can also choose from the following dual degrees: 

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 data and computer science program at Manhattanville University can fast-track your career into one of the world’s most exciting and fast-growing sectors.

Begin the next step in your education by applying to the BA or BS in Data Science program. After you complete at least 75 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.3, you can apply to the Master of Science in Computer Science degree program. You need at least one letter of recommendation from a Manhattanville faculty member to submit your application. An advisor will help you with the next steps to make sure you are fulfilling all the requirements for the dual degree. 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. 


4+1 Program Financial Aid

By allowing you to use your undergraduate financial aid package to cover up to 12 credits of graduate coursework, the 4+1 Data Science and Computer Science program reduces the cost of earning a master’s degree. Connect with one of our financial aid officers to find out more. 

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

Earn two in-demand degrees in five years with the 4+1 BA/BS in Data Science + MS in Computer Science degree program at Manhattanville University. The accelerated data science degree provides you with the advanced technical skills and specialized knowledge to rise through the ranks in one of the world’s most dynamic fields. 

Complete projects with real-world applications, take advantage of industry-relevant professional opportunities in New York, and reduce your tuition costs by pursuing a dual degree. 

Find out more about the 4+1 pathway, visit our campus, or apply to Manhattanville University today.