applying to the blended b.s. + m.s. program
Applications to join the BMS program are accepted every quarter, except summer, from eligible Cal Poly B.S. students. The applications and all letters of recommendation are due by the end of the second week of instruction.
The next application deadline is Friday April 14th, 2023.
The application requires a statement of purpose, a resume, and contact information for three recommenders. Confirm with the recommenders they are willing to provide you with a good recommendation prior to submitting their name. The application is submitted in two parts. The first part requires your background information and the contact information for your recommenders. Completing this part early will give your recommenders the most time possible while you continue revising your statement of purpose and resume. Submitting the first part does not obligate you to finishing applying to the program. The second part only asks for your statement of purpose and resume.
Once you have the contact information for all your recommenders complete the form here. This will email you an AdobeSign document that is the first part of the application process described above. Complete this as soon as possible. Once part 1 is complete AdobeSign links will be sent out to your recommenders with instructions for submitting their recommendations. In addition a link will automatically be sent to you for part 2 of the application. Note that the recommendations also need to be received by the application deadline.
Do not fill out any application forms you may find on the graduate education website. If you do they will be denied and you will be referred to this application process.
When to APPLY
You should apply no later than two quarters prior to graduation. For example, if you are finishing your B.S. at the end of Spring quarter you should apply during the prior Fall quarter. If you apply more than two quarters in advance and are not admitted you can still apply in subsequent quarters.
TIPS FOR A STRONGER APPLICATION
One big factor is making sure there is a good match for your thesis – as that is a big part of the program. A well-written statement of purpose can have a big impact on your application. Things that make a difference in your statement of purpose are:
- Follow the career service’s guidance on writing statements (here)
- Express clarity around your interests in computing in terms of field (or even research project) reflected in your statement of purpose
- A strong letter of recommendation from a tenure track faculty working in the field of computing that you are interested in
When selecting people to write letters of recommendation pick individuals who are in a good position to evaluate your ability to be successful in a Computer Science graduate program. Some recommenders, for instance band directors, can provide character references but not evaluate your Computer Science aptitude. Try to avoid such recommenders where possible.