Combined Degree: Information Systems B.S. and Cybersecurity M.S.
Grand Valley State University combined degree programs offer current
qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to complete both an
undergraduate and graduate degree, meeting their unique personal,
academic, and career goals. Pursuing a combined degree can reduce the
cost and total time required to complete both.
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The information systems major provides students with the foundations and experience to succeed in computing fields. The cybersecurity program is designed to help professionals expand their knowledge in the cybersecurity area, creating opportunities for advancement in the field. Students will build skills to recognize, prepare for, defend against, and investigate current and future threats. The combined program will best prepare students to manage a secure IT infrastructure.
Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the program and obtain both the B.S. in information systems and M.S. in cybersecurity within the accelerated time frame. Students apply for the combined program during their second academic year. Application requirements include:
- Overall GPA of 3.25 or greater
- Admission to the undergraduate program
- 60 hours of academic credit completed or in progress
- Two letters of recommendation
- Academic transcripts
- Letter of intent
Why Pursue a Combined Degree at Grand Valley?
- A theoretical foundation and practical experience offer excellent preparation for the job market and valuable experience.
- By focusing on the underlying principles behind cybersecurity, our program prepares students to handle future cybersecurity challenges in addition to today's threats.
- All graduate faculty members hold doctorate degrees.
- There are opportunities for collaboration with faculty members on ongoing research.
- The School of Computing has its own dedicated state-of-the-art computer labs for hands-on learning.
- Accelerate your career trajectory and complete your degrees one step ahead of the competition.
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Location & Format
All undergraduate students begin their academic career at the Grand Valley Allendale Campus; classes for graduate students in this major are a combination of online and in-seat on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.Format:
Students admitted to this program will count up to 12 credits of graduate work in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the undergraduate degree.
Certain classes may count towards both the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Students are encouraged to meet with their graduate program director to ensure all requirements are met.
Students apply directly to the School of Computing for the combined B.S./M.S. program during their second academic year. Visit the online catalog for more information about admission requirements for the combined bachelor of science in information systems and master of science in cybersecurity.