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Computer Science 5-Year B.S./M.S. Information Systems

In addition to its undergraduate major in Information Systems, the Department of Computing Technology offers a Master of Information Systems degree. The Department recognizes that for some outstanding undergraduate students, some of their undergraduate work will reflect both the content and quality of graduate-level work. The Department further recognizes that certain outstanding undergraduate students can 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.

The benefit of this program is that it offers an accelerated path to earning a master's degree. Instead of remaining at least three additional semesters to gain the M.S. at 150 credits (120 + 30), undergraduate students 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 senior year.

This program offers a mandatory field experience as a program requirement, which is particularly good preparation for obtaining employment in today's competitive 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.

Information Systems 5-Year B.S./M.S. Course Requirements

Students will be held to the requirements of the catalog of the year in which they declare their major. Following are the requirements for the most recent catalog.

Information Systems B.S./M.S.

  • Information pertaining to course requirements and sequence can be found here

  • Students who have declared their major in a prior year should consult the appropriate catalog