The dual bachelor’s-master’s pathway can enable you to earn your Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) and Master of Science in Information Science (MSIS) or Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS) at an accelerated pace through early planning of an undergraduate program that integrates well with the graduate degree requirements.
While the BSIS provides sound preparation for entry into the information professions, a master's degree provides a distinct advantage to those who aim to advance to managerial or leadership positions.
- Apply and be admitted to the BSIS program at SILS. It is strongly recommended to apply for the BSIS with intent to pursue the dual degree as early as possible.
- Submit the Dual BS-MS Statement of Intent form.
- Plan for and take up to 12 Graduate level courses during your time as an Undergraduate at SILS
- Apply for the MSIS or MSLS program at SILS in your Senior year
Dual BSIS - MS Curriculum
Students may begin taking courses at the master's level as early as their third year as an undergraduate. Up to 12 credit hours of Graduate level coursework may dual count.
- 120 credit hours taken during the undergraduate career
- 12 Graduate level courses taken within the undergraduate credit requirements to dual count towards your Master's degree
- 48 hours of graduate-level courses that will satisfy all requirements for the MSIS or MSLS:
- 12 Graduate hours transferred from the undergraduate career
- 156 credit hours total
What courses will dual count?
- INLS 523 (already a required BSIS course, permission not required)
- Choice of 3 additional INLS courses (9 credits) in the 400-799 range (INLS 700+ requires instructor permission)
*INLS 697, the undergraduate senior capstone, cannot double-count in the Dual BS-MS pathway"
Gap semesters (apart from summer) are not permitted.