UW-Madison CS undergraduates apply to the Plus One Pathway (POP) in the spring semester of their junior year*. Excellent academic standing is required with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 after completion of junior year.
Undergraduate students accepted into POP will be eligible for admission directly into PMP after fall semester graduation, assuming minimum GPA requirement is maintained.
POP students will be considered undergraduates until all bachelor degree and major program requirements are complete. Students are expected to finish their undergraduate degree and major requirements and earn their bachelor’s degree in December before transitioning into the graduate program. POP admits can start the Professional Master’s Program the spring semester directly following their December graduation.
Students will be able to apply up to 7 undergraduate Computer Sciences coursework credits–level 400 or greater–toward the 30 credits for the MS in Computer Sciences: Professional Master’s Degree, which allows them to earn a master’s degree in about 3 semesters rather than 2 years.
Refer to the Guide for degree requirements.
*On this page, we’ll use “junior year” to mean “year before your final fall semester”, regardless of how long you’ve been attending UW-Madison. For example, if you’re planning to graduate in Fall 2026, your “junior year” would be the 2025-2026 academic year (Fall 2025 and Spring 2026).