A program intended to enable Information Science majors to obtain both bachelor's and master's degree in an accelerated timeframe is now available through the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS).
The dual bachelor's and master's program is a unique offering in higher education. Of the 24 information schools (iSchools) in North America, only four offer an accelerated bachelor's - master's program of any sort; and other than these four iSchools, only one of the 58 programs accredited by the American Library Association offers an accelerated bachelor's - master's degree program.
The dual bachelor's - master's program is expected to help those majoring in Information Science (IS) to obtain both their BS and MS degree by early planning of an undergraduate program that integrates well with the graduate degree requirements for either a master’s in Information Science (MSIS) or a master's in Library Science (MSLS). While the BSIS provides sound preparation for entry into the information professions, the master's degree provides a distinct advantage to those who aim to advance to managerial or leadership positions.
The BSIS and Master's programs prepare students for careers in public, private and governmental institutions of all kinds as information system analysts, designers and developers, data managers, Web designers, librarians, archivists and similar careers. The SILS curricula offer students a sound foundation of coursework, augmented by projects, internships (field experience) and research opportunities that contribute to making SILS graduates highly sought after by employers.
To learn more about the new dual degree program, please attend a general information session that will provide an overview of the program, discuss admissions procedures and the curriculum, answer questions, etc. on Thursday, January 19th at 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Manning Hall room 307.
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