Combined Degree: Information Technology B.S. and Cybersecurity M.S.
Grand Valley State University combined degree programs offer 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
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An information technology specialist assumes responsibility for selecting hardware and software products appropriate for an organization, and managing those applications for users. The cybersecurity Master's program is designed to help computing professionals expand their knowledge in the cybersecurity area, creating opportunities for advancement in the field. It will build skills for current and future threats. The combined program will best prepare students to develop and maintain a secure IT infrastructure.
Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the program and obtain both the B.S. in information technology 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 information about admission requirements for the combined bachelor of science in information technology and master of science in cybersecurity.