Applying to the Dual Degree Program occurs in a series of two steps. First, the student must apply to the BSIS program with intent to pursue the Dual Degree. Second, the student must apply to the Master's program in their 6th, 7th, or 8th semester of undergraduate study. For admission to study at the Master's level in the fall semester, students should meet the application deadline in the prior spring, and for admission in the spring semester, the prior fall. In other words, students must apply in time to be continually enrolled, with no "gap" semester.
Applying for the BSIS (The BSIS application opens twice per year: Feb. 1 - Mar. 14 and Sept. 1 - Oct. 1)
The Undergraduate application for the major and the minor was set to open on September 1, 2012. Due to system updates, the application open date has been delayed. It will now be open from September 14 - October 11.
When applying for the BSIS, students are required to fill out the intent to pursue to the dual degree form. Turn this form in to the Undergraduate Student Services Manager by the BSIS application deadline.
Students are encouraged to apply to the BSIS program with intent to pursue the Dual Degree in the second semester of their sophomore year or later. It is strongly recommended to apply for the BSIS with intent to pursue the Dual Degree as early as possible. The latest a student could apply with intent is during their 7th semester, or the first semester of their senior year. Prior to application, students are required to fulfill at least 2 of the following pre-requisites for the BSIS:
Foundations and Quantitative Reasoning Requirements
MATH 152, Calculus for Business and Social Sciences, OR
MATH 231, Calculus of Functions of One Variable, OR
STOR 151, Basic Concepts of Statistics and Data Analysis 1, OR
STOR 155, Introduction to Statistics
Approaches and Connections Requirements
Physical and Life Sciences
PSYC 101, General Psychology
Social and Behavioral Sciences
INLS 101, Foundations of Information Science
COMP 110, Introduction to Programming, OR
COMP 116, Introduction to Scientific Programming, OR
COMP 121, Introduction to Functional Programming
Dual Degree students are allowed to count up to 2 pre-requisite courses as co-requisite courses. Criteria for students who apply to the BSIS with intent to pursue the Dual Degree will be the same for those with a BSIS degree.
Applying for the Master's
The Graduate School waives application fees for UNC-CH undergraduate students applying for the Master's degree as part of the Dual Degree program. Students will apply to the Master's program during their 6th, 7th, or 8th semester of undergraduate study. For admission to study at the Master's level in the fall semester, students should meet the application deadline in the prior spring. Admissions deadlines are listed here.
Applicants are required to:
Complete the paper application. Please note: The deadlines listed in the PDF application are incorrect; remember to refer to admissions deadlines here. Turn the application and all supporting materials in to the SILS Graduate Student Services Manager. In addition to the application, please submit:
- A copy of your transcripts. If admitted, you'll be required to submit a final transcript.
- A resume.
- A Statement of Purpose. The Statement of Purpose for Bachelor's - Master' applicants should reflect the applicant's career goals, how the applicant's educational background and work experience will contribute to their experience a SILS, and how attending SILS will assist the applicant in achieving their career goals. A formal prompt for the statement of purpose can be found here.
- GRE scores. Also send GRE scores to The Graduate School (school code 5816). Provide the SILS Graduate Student Services Manager with a paper copy of your scores.
- Three letters of reference. For Dual Degree students, 2 of these letters must be from instructors of a course the student has taken; 1 from a SILS course and 1 from a non-SILS course.
- Dual BS-MS Program
- Archives & Records Management Concentration
- Certificate Programs
- Post-Master's Certificates
- Dual Degrees
- Evidence-Based Medicine
- Financial Information
- Field Experience
- School Library Media
- Youth Services