Five-Year BS in Computer Science-MS in Software Engineering (BSCS-MSSE)


The College of Engineering & Science offers a combined Bachelor of Science in Computer Science - Master of Science in Software Engineering program.

In order to complete both the B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years, the student must (a) be very well prepared as an incoming freshman, ready to take our core Computer Science courses; and (b) satisfy all the admission criteria (see below), and c) maintain a 3.25 GPA, in order to take graduated level courses while still an undergraduate.

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    Degree Requirements (B.S. 126 credits + M.S. 30 credits, 6 credits double-counted)

    The course requirements for the 5-Year B.S. Computer Science to M.S. in Software Engineering 126 credits of undergraduate course work and 30 credits of graduate coursework. Six credits taken at the graduate-level will be double-counted towards the undergraduate degree, so that the total credits completed will be 150 credits. The course requirements are based on the current existing requirements for each program separately.

    Please review separate catalog pages for B.S. Computer Science and M.S. in Software Engineering for degree requirements.


    Admission Into the Program

    Qualifications for the 5-year Computer Science-Software Engineering program for new Freshman are:

    • A high school ACT composite score of 26, with a minimum of 22 in each section, and a minimum of 23 in the Mathematics section, or 600 on the Mathematics SAT score and combined Reading and Math of 1190.
    • A High School grade point average of 3.4 overall on a 4.0 point scale, and the same for the combined mathematics, physics, chemistry and biology courses.
    • Students must place into appropriate-level Freshman courses at Detroit Mercy in order to be able to complete their Bachelor and Master degrees in five years.
    Qualifications for the 5-year Software Engineering program for Juniors/Seniors:
    • Students with a GPA of 3.25 and 95 credit hours can apply for the program near the end of their third year or in the beginning of their fourth year.
    • Students must be on-track to complete their undergraduate degree in four years.
    • If accepted into the program, students may take up to 3 graduate credits in their fourth year that will count towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements.
    • In their fifth year, students will be registered as full-time graduate students, which requires that they are registered for 9 credit hours of graduate-level courses per term. These courses will be charged at the graduate tuition rate.

    To remain in the program, students must maintain a 3.25 GPA at Detroit Mercy and complete their undergraduate degree in four years.



    • Reduction in the total number of courses required to get both the bachelor and master degrees (students may count two 3 credit classes towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements).
    • Ability to take up to three graduate courses at the undergraduate tuition rate
    • Extension of Detroit Mercy financial aid to cover the year of graduate study

    The graduate courses which may be taken during the undergraduate program that can also be applied toward the undergrad degree requirements must be approved by your academic advisor. Students must receive a grade of "B" or better in order to gain credit towards both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Program Contact Information

Program Director: Kevin Daimi
Engineering 324
Telephone: (313) 993-1060
Fax: (313) 993-1187