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  Nov 17, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

Fast-Track (4+1) Graduate Program (BIS)


Program description, goals, and benefits

The Technology FastTrack program at DSU provides a unique opportunity for high achieving undergraduate students to obtain both a Bachelors and a Master’s degree in five years. This is accomplished by allowing these students to take selected graduate courses during their senior year. These courses will also count towards their undergraduate course requirements thereby accelerating completion of a graduate program. In effect, students will be able to:

  • Leverage their presence on campus to complete some of the requirements of the graduate program during the last semesters of their undergraduate degree, thus reducing completion time by at least one semester. In effect, obtaining a BS and a MS degree in five years.
  • Save on tuition cost by taking up to 9 credits of graduate course work that will count towards undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

Specific Undergraduate and Graduate Programs for Fast Track Requirements

The fast track programs are specifically for the Masters of Science in Information Assurance, Information Systems, Computer Science and Health Informatics graduate programs in the College of Business and Information Systems.

Undergraduate students in:

  • Computer Information Systems (CIS) would select the MSIS program;
  • Health Information Administration (HIA) would select the MSHIIM program.

Admission requirements

Students in the identified majors may be admitted to the Fast Track program upon completion of their junior year. Accordingly, they can apply to the program in the last semester of their junior year. To be considered, the student will have to meet the following requirements:

  • Have senior status by the time they commence their joint undergraduate/graduate program.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher after grades have been posted from their junior year.

Application requirements

A 4+1 application can be picked up in either the College of Business & Information Systems or the College of Computing, the Office of Graduate Studies & Research, or on the graduate website. A completed application package is required once a student has earned his/her BS degree. See program information for specific application requirements.

Sample Programs of Study for College of BIS


Computer Information Systems with MSIS Program of Study


Students will be allowed to take up to 3 graduate courses from either Plan A or Plan B during their senior year.

Plan A


Substitute three specific INFS core courses for three specific CIS courses (a total of nine credits):

Plan B


Substitute three specific INFS core courses from the list to replace three CIS Electives (a total of nine credits)

Recommended selections:

  • INFS 720 - Systems Analysis & Design Using Case-based tools
  • INFS 724 - Project and Change Management
  • INFS 730 - Programming for E Commerce
  • INFS 750 - IT Infrastructure, Technology and Network Mgmt
  • INFS 760 - Enterprise Modeling, and Data Management
  • INFS 780 - Information Technology Strategy and Policy

Health Information Administration with MSHI Program of Study


Students will be allowed to take up to 3 graduate courses during their senior year.  Substitute three specific HIMS core courses to replace three electives (a total of nine credits). 

Recommended selections:

  • HIMS 742 Healthcare Information Infrastructure
  • HIMS 744 Healthcare Information Analysis
  • HIMS 747 Business of Health Informatics