Program description, goals, and benefits
The Fast Track programs at DSU provides a unique opportunity for high achieving undergraduate students to obtain both a bachelor's 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 bachelor's and a master's 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 Business Admnistration (MBA), Masters of Science in Cyber Defense (MSCD), Information Systems (MSIS), Analytics (MSA), Computer Science (MSCS), Health Informatics and Information Management (MSHIIM) and Educational Technology (MSET) graduate programs.
Undergraduate students in:
- BBA in Business (BBA) would select the MBA, General Management;
- BBA in Business, Business Technology Specialization (BBA) would select the MS Information Systems
- Computer Information Systems (CIS) would select the MS in Information Systems or MS in Analytics program;
- Network and Security Administration (NSA) would select either the MS Cyber Defense or MS Information Systems programs;
- Cyber Operations (CyOp) would select either the MS Cyber Defense or MS Computer Science programs;
- Computer Science (CSC) would select either the MS Cyber Defense or MS Computer Science programs;
- Health Information Administration (HIA) would select the MS Health Informatics and Information Management program.
- Elementary Education (ELED) would select the MS in Educational Technology program.
- Elementary Education/Special Education (ELED/SPED) would select the MS in Educational Technology program.
- Biology (Biology Education Specialization), Business Education, Computer Education, English (English Education Specialization), Mathematics (Intermediate or Secondary Education Specialization) or Physical Education would select MS in Educational Technology program.
Students with a major in Business Administration, Computer Information Systems, Network and Security Administration, Cyber Operations, Computer Science, Health Information Administration, Elementary Education, Elementary Education/Special Education, Biology (Biology Education Specialization), Business Education, Computer Education, English (English Education Specialization), Mathematics (Intermediate or Secondary Education Specialization) or Physical Education 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.
A Fast Track application form can be found in the offices of Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences, College of Business and Information Systems, College of Education or on the Graduate programs website. A completed application package is required once a student has earned their bachelor's degree. See program information for specific application requirements.