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Applying to the ABM Program

The Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's program gives NC State’s top-performing undergraduate Computer Science majors the opportunity to earn an additional masters degree in one year. The major benefit is that 4 graduate courses taken while the student is still an undergraduate, and counting towards their bachelors degree, will also count towards an associated masters degree.

The steps for Computer Science students who have earned at least 75 hours toward their undergraduate program, and interested in becoming ABM participants, are:

  1. Read the Graduate School Handbook on the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program, starting with Student Eligibility Requirements.
  2. Meet with the Computer Science Department’s Director of Undergraduate Advising to discuss the program’s benefits and challenges, and whether it is a good fit for you.
  3. Review the graduate degree choices:

ABM applicants are welcome to speak with the Director of Graduate Programs if they wish, but are not required to do so. The standard advice given is that the ABM applicant should not underestimate the difficulty of graduate course work. It is common to expect a standard graduate course to take 50% more time (or even greater) than a standard undergraduate course. Any of

may be regarded as a "full-time" load for an undergraduate.

If you decide the ABM program is the right path for you, you will apply like other applicants for Graduate School, with the following differences:

As for other applicants, three letters of reference are required.

ABM applicants complete a "Plan of Work" as part of the application; a fillable template is available here. You may use generic descriptions ("core course", "csc elective") in the template, or list specific CSC courses by number. The Plan of Work shows which courses will be double-counted, and that the applicant has a solid plan for completing the masters degree within a year of completing the bachelors. After preparing the PoW, sign, and get the signature of the Director of Undergraduate Advising. Scan the form and upload the resulting PDF file using the second “Other Documents” upload button that appears in the Personal Statement section of the online application. If you plan to include a resume, upload that as part of your personal statement using the first upload button that appears in the Personal Statement section.

Although fall/spring application deadlines are the same for ABM applicants as for masters applicants, the intended date of entry is a year later. For example, an ABM applicant wishing to start their masters degree in Fall 2017 should submit the application no later than May 1, 2016. Since the admissions specialist doesn't routinely watch for applications for terms far in advance, to insure your ABM application isn't overlooked, several days before submission send an email to with the subject line “ABM application forthcoming”. This alerts us to be watching for your application.

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