Concordia is now offering a route to a bachelor's and master's degree in computer science that only takes four years to complete—and costs the equivalent of just the undergraduate degree.

High-achieving incoming freshmen have the opportunity to apply for the Computer Science Scholars program to take advantage of the deal. Modeled off of Concordia’s popular Business Scholars program, the CS Scholars program officially launched this fall. 

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While the reward is sweet, the path to get there is rigorous. These student scholars are required to maintain a 3.5 GPA and should expect to take extra summer or Winterim courses to maintain enough credits to finish in four years.

Even still, a handful of individuals have already stepped up to the plate. Hear from a couple as to why they chose to become a CS Scholar.

Emily Sear (’23)

“I have always loved learning and constantly improving my skills. I knew that eventually in life I wanted to get my master’s, so the opportunity to get it along with my bachelor’s was an easy decision! Concordia’s CS department is extremely supportive of students’ aspirations and studies. It was a smooth transition from high school to an accelerated college program.”

Elaine Ngo (’23)

“Up until a few months ago, I was undecided on my major. I had never really thought about computer science since I didn’t exactly consider myself to be a “computer person.” However, I saw an opportunity to impact people on a larger scale, particularly in the mental health arena, through gaming. Specifically, I thought of the many possible impacts virtual reality could have on mental health. When I learned about the Computer Science Scholars program, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to save money and get it all done in only four years.” 

CS Scholars in a nutshell

—The perks—

  • Computer science students can get a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just four years
  • Tuition costs are the same as the regular, four-year undergraduate degree

—What it takes—

  • A 3.5 GPA or higher
  • 25 minimum ACT score
  • 18 credits per semester + Winterim, online, or summer courses
  • Completion of internship or research project in a related field


Contact Dr. Mike Litman ( to learn more. 

— This story is written by Kali Thiel, director of university communications for Concordia University Wisconsin and Ann Arbor. She may be reached at or 262-243-2149.

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