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Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies in CSE

The CSE Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (SUGS) program is an accelerated program that enables students to complete their Master’s degree in one additional year following the completion of their Bachelor’s degree. This Accelerated Master’s Degree Program (AMDP/SUGS) allows students to complete requirements for both degrees in five years.

Many students who enroll in this program plan to enter industry but seek additional intellectual depth beyond the bachelor’s degree. The relatively small investment in time to get a master’s degree will lead to greater professional opportunities and significantly higher salaries (see Michigan Engineering employment data).

Students who wish to pursue a CSE master’s degree at a slower pace should apply to the regular (i.e. non-SUGS) CSE master’s program and students who plan to pursue a Ph.D. should apply directly to the CSE Ph.D. program.


Current University of Michigan undergraduate students studying Computer Science-LSA or Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Data Science (Eng or LSA), or a minor in Computer Science are eligible to apply to the CSE Sequential Undergraduate/Graduate Studies (SUGS) program.

Engineering students, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute (SJTU-JI), and Multiple Dependent Degree Program (MDDP) students with dual majors are not eligible for SUGS (see more info here). However, LSA double majors can apply for SUGS.

Degree Requirements

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SUGS students follow the degree requirements for the terminal CSE MS program (these requirements can be found in the CSE Graduate Program Guide). Successful completion of 30 credits of coursework is required. A thesis is optional.

SUGS students must enroll in Rackham for at least two full terms (at least 9 credit hours each term), paying Rackham tuition, if they plan to graduate in two terms.

Double Counting and Transfer Guidelines

The SUGS Master’s degree is an accelerated program allowing for the double-counting of graduate-level credits between the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Approved Coursework: Check out the MS Course Requirements (Spreadsheet) to see what graduate-level courses can be double-counted or transferred to SUGS (see “Approved for SUGS double-count and/or transfer” column).

CSE SUGS students can bring in a maximum of 15 credits into Rackham.

  • Double count up to 9 credits of technical or free elective BSE requirements (credit counts towards undergraduate AND graduate degree).
    • Double counted credits can only come from graduate level courses that may be used towards a CSE Master’s degree. Double counted credits may be divided/split (e.g. if you have three courses at 4 credits each – 12 credits total – you may use up to 9 credits from those courses).
  • Transfer up to 6 credits into the Rackham graduate degree (credit will ONLY count towards graduate degree if approved). These transfer credits cannot be used for any portion of the undergraduate degree.
    • Transfer credits may not be divided/split up in any way (e.g. if you have two courses at 3 credits each – 6 credits total – you may transfer both courses. If you have two courses at 4 credits each – 8 credits total – you may only transfer one of those courses.). Transfer happens after a student has been admitted to the SUGS program – please review Rackham’s Transfer of Credit policy for more details.

Prerequisites to Apply 

The Admissions Committee has determined that performance in these areas best demonstrates an applicant’s educational readiness for graduate studies in our program. However, please remember that applications are reviewed holistically and students who demonstrate strong performance in CS or related curriculum are still encouraged to apply.

  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher at the time of application submission. 
  • Must maintain that GPA through the completion of the undergraduate degree. 
  • Must have completed EECS 281 with a grade of B+ or better by the application deadline. Must also have completed either EECS 270 or EECS 370 with a grade of B+ or better by the application deadline. 
  • Must have taken at least four EECS courses from 370, 376, or any EECS courses that are Upper Level Computer Science (ULCS) Elective or Flexible CS Technical Elective at the 300-level or above by the end of the first semester of the senior year. For any EECS ULCS or Flex CS Technical Elective elective class taken at the 300-level or above, a grade of B+ or better must be earned.
    • Note: While CS Minor students may not be able to take at least four EECS elective classes at the 300-level or above, they are still welcome to apply.
  • Must only earn one Bachelor’s degree – Data Science (Eng or LSA), Computer Science (Eng or LSA), Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering or be minoring in Computer Science.
    • Note: Engineering students, SJTU-JI, and MDDP students with dual majors are not eligible for SUGS (see more info here). However, LSA double majors can apply for SUGS. 

Timeline to Apply 

As students head into their penultimate (next to last) year, they may wish to meet with a CSE Graduate Programs Office staff member to discuss their plan for double-counted courses (this is not required). Or, an email may be sent to [email protected] with any questions.  

  • In the final year, students should apply for admission to the graduate program by submitting:
    • An unofficial copy of your transcript (current U-M applicants should attach their unofficial transcript to their application – this will expedite the review process)
    • Completed Accelerated Master’s Degree Program Election Form (including courses to be double counted, but does not need to be signed) – this form can be found through Rackham’s Forms page, and should be added one of the other attachments, preferably the transcript.

Application deadlines

SUGS is sequential, meaning students may only apply for the Fall or Winter term directly following graduation. So if you are graduating in the Fall term (December) and want to start a CSE Master’s degree in the following Fall term, you must apply to the Terminal MS degree (you may not take a gap year or term and still apply to SUGS).

Fall TermWinter Term
January 15th, 11:59 PM ETOctober 1st, 11:59 PM ET
For undergraduates who are graduating in the Winter or Spring/Summer terms, you would apply to begin SUGS in the Fall term. Applications for this term will be reviewed AFTER the deadline and admitted students may be notified sometime in March.
There is no need to contact faculty during this review period.

For undergraduates who are graduating in the Fall term, you would apply to begin SUGS in the Winter term. Applications for this term will be reviewed AFTER the deadline and admitted students may be notified sometime in November.
There is no need to contact faculty during this review period.

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Additional Information

More information about the SUGS program. Students must meet all Rackham requirements for the SUGS master’s degree (rackham.umich.edu/academic-policies/section5/).

The complete Master’s requirements can be found in the CSE Graduate Program Guide (Google Doc).

View a list of courses that satisfy the different MS degree requirements (Google Sheet).

Students admitted to the Master’s program may apply to the doctoral program. Admission depends on academic qualifications as well as the availability of openings in the doctoral program.

For questions regarding the SUGS program, please contact the CSE Graduate Programs Office at [email protected]

MS vs. MSE degree

The MS (Master’s of Science) and MSE (Master’s of Science in Engineering) degrees differ mainly in name. The degree requirements are the same. Students with a bachelor’s degree in engineering can elect either degree. Students without an engineering bachelor’s degree are eligible only for the MS.

Apply to a Master’s program

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Financial aid information

The CSE Division has limited financial aid to award to Master’s students at the time of application. On the other hand, Master’s students occasionally receive a research or teaching assistantship after they begin their studies. Master’s students are encouraged to apply for fellowships from sources outside the University. See an overview of financial aid resources.