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 (BSCS) - Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE) program.

In order to complete both the BSCS and MSSE 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 graduate level courses while still an undergraduate.

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    Program Learning Outcomes

    Please review separate catalog pages for BS in Computer Science and MS in Software Engineering Program Learning Outcomes.


    Degree Requirements (BSCS 128 credits + MSSE 30 credits, 6 credits double-counted)

    The course requirements for the Five-Year BS in Computer Science to MS in Software Engineering include 128 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 at least 152 credits. The course requirements are based on the current existing requirements for each program separately.

    Please review separate catalog pages for BS in Computer Science and  MS in Software Engineering for degree requirements.


    Admission Into the Program

    Qualifications for the Five-year Computer Science-Software Engineering program for new freshmen:

    • 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 freshmen courses at Detroit Mercy in order to be able to complete their bachelor and master degrees in five years.
    Qualifications for the Five-year Computer Science-Software Engineering program for Detroit Mercy 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.
    • Students must be on-track to complete their undergraduate degree in four years.

    If accepted into the program, students may take up to six 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 at least nine 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 three-credit classes (six credits total) towards both undergraduate and graduate requirements).
    • Ability to take up to three graduate courses at the undergraduate tuition rate with director/chair approval.

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

Program Contact Information

Program Director: Shadi Bani Taan, Ph.D.
Engineering 321
Telephone: (313) 993-1163
Fax: (313) 993-1187