Computer Science 4+1

  • B.S.
  • M.S.
  • Undergraduate
  • Graduate
  • On Campus
  • Computer Science

Build your skills and a dynamic career with Rivier’s B.S./M.S. in Computer Science 4+1 program.

Why Study Computer Science at Rivier?

Start strong, finish stronger. Earning your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in just five years strengthens your knowledge base and skill sets, providing you with a distinct competitive advantage as you enter the job market. It prepares you for more interesting job opportunities and more rapid career advancement. It saves you a year of time and tuition.

This 4 + 1 program provides a seamless transition from the undergraduate program to the M.S. in Computer Science degree, enabling students to learn and apply technical skills in the areas of software engineering, code programming, code testing, database system design and maintenance, multimedia, computer security, and data analytics.

The B.S. in Computer Science curriculum covers a broad range of topics leading to technical proficiency. Through M.S. in Computer Science coursework, you’ll develop advanced computing skills and the ability to apply those skills in developing software and solving critical technical issues.

In this 4+1 Computer Science program, you will:

  • Become proficient in programming, algorithms, data structures, and computer systems
  • Learn to adapt to new technologies, programming languages, and methodologies
  • Sharpen your critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Become a more effective communicator and collaborator
  • Study the ethical issues, social, and legal responsibilities in computing
  • Gain practical experience through internships, capstone and seminar projects

Get Ready for the World

As an undergraduate, you’ll have opportunities to study abroad, ranging from faculty-led, week-long study tours to a full semester spent at a university in another country. Outside of the classroom, you can broaden your skills by joining the Gaming League, the Business Student Association, or the Model United Nations Team. The 4+1 program allows you to tailor your degrees to your career interests and goals with concentrations in Data Science, Cybersecurity, Software Development, or Game Programming. Graduate elective courses in information technology, software development, web and database development, and data analytics will build your expertise.

Graduate Studies 

Rivier’s traditional M.S. in Computer Science degree is a 36-credit program. However, if you enroll within one year after completing the B.S. in Computer Science, you will be considered for the 30-credit master’s program.

 To be eligible for the one-year Computer Science graduate degree, you must: 

  • Complete your bachelor’s degree prior to entering your fifth year
  • Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 before your senior year
  • Submit all required graduate application materials for the one-year Master of Science degree in your senior year

Where Will Your Degrees Take You? 

 Rivier’s 4+1 program offers you a wide range of career and advancement opportunities. 


  • Data and systems analysts
  • Programmers
  • Software developers
  • Quality assurance professionals
  • Network administrators
  • Integrated systems designers
  • Information technology managers

Rivier taught me many of the algorithms and development practices I still use today at NASA,” he says. “In fact, I can trace the lineage of code currently running on NASA systems directly to my final master’s project.

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Prepare to enter the competitive job market with confidence by earning your B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science degree.