What Is The Five Year Bachelor/Master's Program?
The Five Year Bachelor/Master's Program, called the 5th Year M.S. Program for short, offers qualified EECS and L&S CS undergraduate students a unique opportunity to begin graduate study during their undergraduate years, thereby accelerating the Master's degree by requiring only one additional year beyond the Bachelor's degree. This is not a concurrent degree program. Students earn their Bachelor degree first and then the Masters. However, careful planning during the undergraduate program allows motivated students to begin a research project and complete some Master's course requirements while still in undergraduate standing. Depending on how quickly a student progresses through the undergraduate program, the additional graduate year may come sooner than the fifth year at Berkeley. The Five Year Program is not intended for those who wish to pursue a Ph.D.
(NOTE: Only courses taken in the FINAL undergraduate semester may be petitioned to fulfill the Master's degree requirements.)