About this Program

This program allows exceptionally successful students to earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in computer science. Up to 12 credits of graduate coursework may be counted toward both their undergraduate and master's degrees in computer science. Students must earn a minimum of 150 credit hours (120 for the undergraduate degree and 34 for the graduate degree).

Program Highlights

  • Obtain two highly-marketable degrees in five years. Average of $20,000 increase in starting salary for MS vs. BS graduates

  • Count 12 graduate-level credit hours towards both the BSCS & MS degrees. After completing the BSCS, only 22 graduate credit hours remain for the MS, which can be completed in one academic year

  • GRE requirement for MS admission is waived for students successfully participating in the Linked Program

  • During your 5th year (after completing the BSCS), you are eligible for a Graduate Assistantship (Teaching or Research) which includes a stipend each semester & a partial tuition waiver (up to 100% for Virginia residents)

  • Courses for both programs are available in on-campus and online formats

Degree Level
Degree Earned
B.S.C.S. & M.S.
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Software Developers, Systems Software

$111,780 Median Salary

Research, design, develop, and test operating systems-level software, compilers, and network distribution software for medical, industrial, military, communications, aerospace, business, scientific, and general computing applications. Set operational specifications and formulate and analyze software requirements. May design embedded systems software. Apply principles and techniques of computer science, engineering, and mathematical analysis.

Computer and Information Systems Managers

$149,730 Median Salary

Plan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as electronic data processing, information systems, systems analysis, and computer programming.

Network and Computer Systems Administrators

$86,340 Median Salary

Install, configure, and support an organization's local area network (LAN), wide area network (WAN), and Internet systems or a segment of a network system. Monitor network to ensure network availability to all system users and may perform necessary maintenance to support network availability. May monitor and test Web site performance to ensure Web sites operate correctly and without interruption. May assist in network modeling, analysis, planning, and coordination between network and data communications hardware and software. May supervise computer user support specialists and computer network support specialists. May administer network security measures.

Web Administrators

$91,080 Median Salary

Manage web environment design, deployment, development and maintenance activities. Perform testing and quality assurance of web sites and web applications.

Alumni Careers

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What are the requirements to apply for Computer Science at ODU?
Students entering the B.S.C.S. & M.S. program in Computer Science should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.
  • Have completed at least 60 undergraduate credit hours (at least 24 credit hours from ODU)

  • Have completed CS 361, CS 381, MATH 212, and all associated prerequisites for those courses.

  • Hold an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher and a GPA of 3.0 or higher in CS and MATH courses.

  • Complete an application in coordination with the CDA and GPD.

  • Students in the Linked Program must apply for admission to the MS program to start the semester after graduation from the BSCS program. Students must also let the GPD for admissions (csgpd@cs.odu.edu) know that they have applied for the MS Program and are in the Linked Program.


At ODU, we understand that as a transfer student you have unique needs that require a wide array of campus resources. The Center for Advising Administration and Academic Partnerships aims to create a transfer inclusive culture that supports the successful...


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Thesis-Based Department Funded Scholarship

Linked students may apply to receive a thesis-based department funded scholarship with guaranteed appointment as a TA or RA and tuition waiver.

Graduate Assistantship

During your 5th year (after completing the BSCS), you are eligible for a Graduate Assistantship (Teaching or Research). This includes a stipend each semester and a partial tuition waiver (up to 100% for Virginia residents).


Chief Department Advisor

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