Computer Science 5-Year B.S./M.S. Information Systems
In addition to its undergraduate major in Information Systems, the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems also offers a Master of Computer Science/Information Systems Degree. The Department recognizes that for some outstanding undergraduate students, certain of their undergraduate work might well be reflective of both the content and quality of that typically expected at the graduate level. The Department further recognizes that certain outstanding undergraduate students could participate successfully in graduate classes. For these reasons the Department offers a five-year program in Information Systems at the end of which the student will earn both B.S. and M.S. degrees.
This program offers an accelerated way of obtaining a master's degree. Instead of remaining three additional semesters at the minimum to gain the MS at 150 credits (120 + 30), those IS undergraduate students who are admitted to this program will be required to take only 143 credits, or 23 additional credits that can be completed in two semesters, normally the Fall and Spring following their undergraduate studies.
This program offers a mandatory field experience as a program requirement, which is particularly relevant for acquiring a position of excellence in today's marketplace.
The five-year program is not appropriate for all students. Qualification occurs in the fourth semester. A cumulative GPA of 3.2 is required for acceptance into the program; a GPA of 3.0 is required for continuation in the program. Students interested in entering the five-year program should speak to any IS faculty member early in their studies at Marist, but no later than the beginning of their fourth semester (see page 16 for more information).
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