BS CS to MS HCC Accelerated Program

The BS Computer Science to MS Human-Centered Computing program offers a pathway for students interested in gaining more exposure to the area of Human-Centered Computing. HCC classes and graduate programs are based in the Department of Information Systems

Admission to the Program

Students who are interested in the BS CS/MS HCC program should discuss their interest with a CS department advisor as early as the sophomore year.

To be eligible for this program, a student registered for the BS CS degree must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at UMBC and all other institutions attended. This is a minimum requirement, and attainment of a 3.2 GPA or higher does not guarantee admission to the combined degree program. The admission decision is determined on an individual basis considering the student’s past record, expected future performance, and how well the combined program would meet the student’s educational objectives.

Applicants for the combined program:

  • must have completed a minimum of 60 credits, and
  • must have passed at least one 3xx/4xx level course within the CS major.

Students should be aware of the current requirements for admission to the department’s Master level graduate programs so that they will complete coursework meeting these same requirements, or their equivalents.

Students seeking admission to the combined program should:

The student should also request recommendations from two members of the faculty. Faculty who are providing a recommendation should send an email to the HCC Graduate Program Director,, stating how they know the applicant and why they think the applicant is a good candidate for the combined program.

The HCC Graduate Program Director (who makes the admission decision) will review applications in consultation with the CS Undergraduate Program Director. Students are notified of the decision, and the Graduate School is also informed when a student is accepted. The student still must formally apply to and be accepted by the Graduate School in order to finish the Master’s portion of the program.

Deadlines for applications to the combined programs are December 15 and May 15.

Recommendation letters and the student’s application must be received before the deadline.

Acceptance into the combined program neither obligates the student to complete the program beyond the BS CS degree, nor does it obligate the IS Department (which houses HCC programs) or Graduate School to admit the student into the graduate program, when applying formally to the Graduate School. If the Graduate School finds reason to reject a student’s application, that decision is binding, even though the student may have been accepted into the combined degree program by the IS Department.

BS CS to HCC MS Program Regulations and Procedures

Once admitted to the combined program, the student must maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average. No more than two grades in the Cs may be received in all courses taken after admission. If the GPA falls below 3.0 or if more than two grades in the Cs are received, the student will be removed from the combined program. This does not affect the student’s eligibility for the BS degree under normal University undergraduate requirements. Any one “D” or “F” also results in removal from the combined program.

Students in the combined program must formally apply for admission to the Graduate School before the UMBC Graduate School’s application deadline during the semester in which the course work for the BS is completed. No more than 9 credits of graduate courses may be taken while the student is paying undergraduate tuition. Students should fill out the paper application form to the Graduate School.

Students in the combined program must take three of the courses required for the undergraduate major as graduate courses under their graduate course numbers. These courses are

  • HCC629 (Required)
  • Either choose two from: HCC636, HCC710, HCC729 OR one from: HCC636, HCC710, HCC729 and one from CMSC601, CMSC634, CMSC636, CMSC691 (Graphics for Games)

Note: These classes can fulfill technical electives required for the BS CS degree.  All course descriptions are described in the Graduate School Catalog.  Note that some classes are offered in alternate semesters (HCC710, HCC729).

These courses count for both degrees; therefore, a minimum of 21 additional credits is required for the Master’s degree. For additional information about MS requirements, see the HCC MS section of the IS department website or the Graduate School Catalog.

Questions about the combined program should be directed to the Human Centered Computing Graduate Program Director (

Note to Students:

  • If interested in the accelerated CS/HCC program, speak with your advisor early on to let them know.
  • Once you meet the criteria for application, complete the application materials requested above.
  • If you are admitted to the program, you will need to speak with the HCC Graduate Program Director for advice on HCC classes to take, in addition to your CS advisor on remaining classes for the CS degree.