Dual Bachelor's - Master's Admissions

Applying to the BS-MS dual degree program occurs in a series of two steps.

  1. The student must apply to the BSIS program in ConnectCarolina and turn in the statement of intent form to the Undergraduate Student Services Coordinator by the BSIS application deadline.
  2. The student must apply to the MSIS or MSLS 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. 1 and Sept. 1 - Oct. 1. For prerequites and other requirements for the BSIS program, visit the BSIS Curriculum page.

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.

Dual degree students are allowed to count up to two pre-requisite courses as co-requisite courses.

Applying for the MSIS and MSLS

The Graduate School waives application fees for UNC-Chapel Hill 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.