Combined Degree Program: B.S. in Information Systems and M.S. in Computer Information Systems

Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a combined bachelor’s/master’s program and obtain both a B.S. in information systems and an M.S. in computer information systems within an accelerated time frame. Students admitted to this program will dual count up to 12 credits of graduate work in partial satisfaction of the requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. After completing 120 credits and all requirements for the bachelor’s degree, students are awarded a bachelor’s degree. A minimum of 21 graduate credits must be completed after the 120 credits of the bachelor’s degree. All other master’s degree requirements must be met, including a graduate capstone.

Application Procedure

Students will normally apply directly to the School of Computing and Information Systems for the combined B.S./M.S. program during their second academic year. Application requirements include:

  • Overall GPA of 3.25 or greater
  • Student must have been admitted to the Information Systems program
  • 60 hours of academic credit have been completed or are in progress
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are allowable)
  • Letter of intent

Admission decisions will be made by the School admissions committee based on the student’s previous academic success in CIS, as indicated by GPA and grades in the foundation CIS courses, as well as potential success in the graduate program, as indicated by the letters of recommendation, and the student’s letter of intent. Decisions will normally be communicated to students within four weeks of submitting a complete application to the combined degree program.

Requirements During Undergraduate Studies

All university requirements, including general education courses, must be completed before the final (graduate) year of the combined B.S./M.S. program. In the final undergraduate year, students will normally take 12 credits of graduate-level courses. If any courses are dual-listed, students in the combined B.S./M.S. program must complete all assignments expected of graduate students and they will be evaluated in the same way as graduate students.

  • Students will be considered undergraduates for tuition, academic requirements and financial aid purposes until all requirements for the undergraduate degree are completed. Following this they will be considered graduate students, will pay graduate tuition, and will be eligible for graduate financial aid.
  • The School has identified the following courses that students may dual-count toward the B.S. and M.S. degrees. Up to 12 credits can be dual counted. Students are strongly encouraged to work with the Graduate Program Director in CIS to ensure all undergraduate and graduate requirements are met.
    • CIS 641 in lieu of CIS 330 [NB: CIS 330 is an SWS course but CIS 641 is not. Students are reminded that a bachelor’s degree requires two SWS courses.]
    • CIS 642 in lieu of CIS 450
    • CIS 643 in lieu of CIS 460
    • CIS 654 in lieu of CIS 337
    • CIS 658 in lieu of CIS 371
    • CIS 656 in lieu of CIS 437
    • CIS 660 in lieu of CIS 360
    • CIS 673 in lieu of CIS 333
    • CIS 693 in lieu of CIS 463

Requirements During Graduate Studies

A student shall be considered a graduate student for all purposes upon either of the following events: the award of a baccalaureate degree, or the completion of 120 credit hours.

Graduation Without Completion of the Program

If a student decides at some point to pursue only the undergraduate portion of the combined degree, the School will still recognize the graduate courses taken in lieu of undergraduate courses. Credit from the undergraduate degree cannot be used toward a graduate degree at a later date.

Please note that awarding of the B.S. in information systems requires a capstone course, either CIS 463, or CIS 693, or both CIS 690 and 695. Awarding of the M.S. in computer information systems requires a graduate capstone course: CIS 693, or both CIS 690 and 695.

Sample Curriculum Sequence

This sample order of coursework assumes that students will complete the IS foundation and general education courses with the help of their advisor and apply for undergraduate admission at the end of the winter semester of their second year. The following course sequence also assumes a strong mathematics background for the entering student. If mathematics deficiencies exist, completing the mathematics prerequisites should be the student’s top priority.

NB: This is only one of many possible sequences of courses. Students are strongly encouraged to work with the Graduate Program Director in CIS to ensure all undergraduate and graduate requirements are met, and to customize the combined program to their areas of interest.

NB: The sequence below makes no attempt to minimize credits. For example, the sequence assumes that all general education courses are distinct, and no “double dipping” is done.

First Year (no change from IS sample curriculum – 30 credits)

  • General education course (A) Credits: 3
  • CIS 150 - Introduction to Computing Credits: 3
  • CIS 162 - Computer Science I Credits: 4
  • WRT 150  -  Strategies in Writing Credits: 4
  • General education course (H) Credits: 3
  • CIS 260 - Application Development in Visual Basic Credits: 4
  • COM 201 - Speech Credits: 3
  • MTH 125  -  Survey of Calculus Credits: 3
  • STA 215 - Introductory Applied Statistics Credits: 3

Second Year (no change from IS sample curriculum – 31-32 credits)

  • General education courses (NS1, PL, SBS1) Credits: 9
  • ACC 212 - Principles of Financial Accounting Credits: 3
  • CIS 238 - Internet Media and Programming Credits: 3
  • CIS 290 - CIS Internship Preparation Credits: 1
  • STA 216 - Intermediate Applied Statistics Credits: 3 OR 
    STA 318 - Statistical Computing Credits: 3
  • CIS 253 - COBOL Credits: 4 OR 
    CIS 371  -  Web Application Programming Credits: 3 OR 
    CIS 163 -  Computer Science II Credits: 4
  • ACC 213 - Principles of Managerial Accounting Credits: 3
  • CIS 230 - Hardware and Software Credits: 3
  • MGT 268 - Business Processes and Management Information Systems Credits: 3

Third Year (21 undergraduate credits, 3 graduate credits – 30 credits)

  • BUS 201 - Legal Environment for Business Credits: 3
  • CIS 337 - Network Systems Management Credits: 3
  • MGT 331 - Concepts of Management Credits: 3
  • MKT 350 - Marketing Management Credits: 3
  • WRT 350 - Business Communication Credits: 3
  • General education course (US, NS2) Credits: 6
  • CIS 641 - Systems Analysis and Design (core/concentration) Credits: 3
  • CIS 333 - Database Management and Implementation Credits: 3
  • ECO 210 - Introductory Macroeconomics Credits: 3 (SBS2)
    OR ECO 211 - Introductory Microeconomics Credits: 3

Fourth Year (20-24 undergraduate credits, 12 graduate credits –  32-36 credits)

  • General education courses (WP, I1, I2) Credits: 9
  • IS track course elective 1 Credits: 3
  • IS track course elective 1 Credits: 3-4
  • CIS 654 - Computer Networking (BS elective/MS core) Credits: 3
  • CIS 642 - IS Project Management (concentration) Credits: 3
  • CIS 490 - Internship Credits: 2 to 5
  • CIS 656 - Distributed Computing (IS elective/MS elective) Credits: 3  
  • CIS 612 - Requirements Specification (core) Credits: 3
  • FIN 320 - Managerial Finance Credits: 3

Fifth Year (18 graduate credits)

  • CIS 643 - Information Systems Policy and Strategy (concentration) Credits: 3
  • CIS 658 - Web Architectures (elective) Credits: 3
  • CIS 661 - Introduction to Medical and Bioinformatics (elective) Credits: 3
  • CIS 623 - Graphical User Interface Design (elective) Credits: 3
  • CIS 677 - High-performance Computing (elective) Credits: 3
  • CIS 693 - Master’s Project (capstone) Credits: 3