Combined Advanced Degree in Data Science

Combined Advanced Degree in Data Science

Combined Advanced Degree in Data Science

The Combined Advanced Degree Program in Data Science is a program that allows a CS major to obtain a BS in CS and an MS in DA with fewer courses, thus quicker and less costly. The CADP in Data Science process is as follows:
  • Complete your admissions application during the last semester of your junior year by the application deadline (see dates below).
  • Your application is then reviewed by the CS Graduate Committee for admission approval. The Committee will be looking for a high CS GPA and two strong letters of recommendation.
  • During your senior year you take four graduate courses, instead of the four CS restricted electives that are required for the BS in CS. These four graduate courses count as your CS restricted electives, and you pay for these 12 graduate credits at the less expensive undergraduate tuition rate. You can walk at graduation and the CS department will present you a letter stating that you have completed the BS in CS degree requirements. You do not receive your diploma yet.
  • You continue enrollment as a full-time Rowan student for one more year while you complete 18 additional graduate credits, for which you are charged the graduate tuition rate. After completing a total of 30 graduate credits, you will receive your BS in CS and MS in DA simultaneously.
  • Notice that you receive your BS and MS degrees in five years (instead of the 4 + 2 years of a traditional MS degree) while paying for only 18 graduate credits (instead of 30). You pledge to stay for a "graduate year" as a full-time graduate student immediately after your BS degree. If you leave the program during your "graduate year" before completing the requirements for the MS, you will get your BS in CS degree but not the MS degree.

Admission Criteria:

  1. Be enrolled in the B.S. Computer Science Degree Program at Rowan University.
  2. Have completed at least 75 credits towards the BS in Computer Science.
  3. Have completed at least 24 credits of undergraduate Computer Science courses at Rowan University with an average Computer Science GPA of at least 3.5.
  4. Obtain two letters of recommendation from faculty members in the Rowan Computer Science

Application Deadline:

  • Fall: May 1st
  • Spring: December 1st


The one-page CADP in DA Application Form and Program Description are available for download.