Accelerated Master of Science in Computer Science (AM)

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Masters of Science in Computer Science (MS)

College of Science

The Accelerated Master's (AM) Degree offers the opportunity for outstanding students to begin earning credit toward a master's degree while still pursuing undergraduate studies. Our accelerated programs allow a student to complete a master's in less time and at a lower cost.

The Accelerated Master's Degree is designed to enable graduate programs to identify potential candidates as early as the junior year of study by extending an "early" (conditional) admission. The main feature of the program is that up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit earned while still an undergraduate may be used as dual credit for both the baccalaureate and master's degrees.

Minimum Requirements

AM students must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.4 to be conditionally admitted into a master's degree program. Students may not enroll in graduate courses until they have 1) completed all requirements for the Core Curriculum; 2) completed a minimum of 75 hours of undergraduate work with at least 18 hours of upper-level courses completed in the major; and 3) been conditionally admitted to a master's program.

Conditional admission does not guarantee full admission to the program.  Students will be admitted fully to the graduate program only upon 1) awarding of the baccalaureate degree, 2) earning a total cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4, and 3) receiving a successful score on any required entrance test. Individual departments may require additional criteria including a higher admission GPA.

Minimum Guidelines

  1. An updated undergraduate plan of study, which outlines all requirements for a baccalaureate degree completion and lists the graduate courses that will be posted to the baccalaureate transcript, must be approved by the student's advisor.
  2. Before an undergraduate AM student may register for graduate courses, a dual enrollment form indicating the courses to be taken for graduate credit must be approved by the Graduate School.
  3. To remain in an AM degree program, the student must maintain at least a 3.0 overall GPA of 3.0 in graduate courses taken.
  4. AM students may apply a maximum of 12 graduate hours to the baccalaureate degree. The following graduate courses will not count in the AM program toward the baccalaureate degree: Travel Study, Independent Study/Project/Research, Directed Study, Directed Readings, Practicum, Internships, other field based placement, or Thesis.
  5. The graduate hours taken to fulfill baccalaureate degree requirements will be fully transferable to the master's degree and will show on both the graduate and undergraduate transcripts.
  6. The baccalaureate degree may be awarded at any time following the completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, and at least two semesters before the graduate degree is awarded.
  7. If an AM student requests admission to any other master's program (or does not complete the approved master's degree within the prescribed time) the joint hours posted to the graduate transcript will be removed.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Sciences

Accelerated Masters of Science in Chemistry

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
CHEM 1017  3  CHEM 1018  3
CHEM 1007  1  CHEM 1008  1
UNIV 1001  1  CHEM 1000  1
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158  3
MATH 2114  3  MATH 2124  4
Arts Electives  3  BIOS 1081/1083  4
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 16
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
CHEM 2217  3  CHEM 3018  1
CHEM 2017  1  CHEM 3218  3
CHEM 2000  1  PHYS 1062  3
PHYS 1061  3  PHYS 1065  1
PHYS 1063  1  MATH 2314  3
Humanities or Social Science Elective  3  Humanities or Social Science Elective  3
 BIOS 2114  4  ENGL Literature  3
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 17
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
CHEM 2025  3  CHEM 3027  3
CHEM 2117  3  CHEM 3411  3
CHEM 2310  3  Advanced Chemistry  3
CHEM 3310  3  General Elective  1
CHEM 3094  4  Humanities or Social Science Elective  6
Total Hours  17 Total Hours 16
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Advanced Chemistry  3  Advanced Chemistry  3
Advanced Chemistry  3  General Elective  8
General Electives  7  CHEM 4000  0
CHEM 5000 or 6000 level  3  CHEM 5000 or 6000 level  6
CHEM 6095 1 CHEM 6095  1
Total Hours  17 Total Hours 18
Total Degree Hours 131
Fifth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
CHEM 5000 or 6000 level  12  CHEM 5000 or 6000 level  9
     CHEM 6095  1
Total Hours  12 Total Hours 10
Total Degree Hours 33
  • Student may apply for admission into the AM program once 75 hrs with at least 18 hrs of upper-level courses in the major have been completed.
  • Student must file Application for Graduation for Bachelor's in Year 4
  • Student must apply for admission into the Master's program prior to the start of year 5
  • The following courses may NOT be counted toward the bachelor's degree: Independent Study/Project/Research, Directed Study, Directed Readings, Practicum, Internships, and Thesis.
  • Coursework completed in this plan cannot be applied toward another graduate degree at UNO.
  • All graduate students completing the master's degree must maintain a minimum of B grade in all 5000 level courses, and a minimum 3.0 average in all courses taken to satisfy the degree requirements excluding thesis research. A student can count up to four 5000 level courses toward the course work for the MS degree program.