B.S. in Informatics and MIS in five years
Focus on strategic information management and leadership.
With our Accelerated Master’s program you can complete both your bachelor’s in Informatics and your Masters of Informatics Science in just five years. One year after you graduate with your B.S., you can also have completed a 36-credit MIS degree right here in SoIC.
This is an affordable and efficient way to earn a master’s degree in a way that will offer you potential for promotion and better salaries. The Accelerated Master’s will help you develop knowledge and skills to prepare you for leadership roles in IT professions. It will also help expand your strategic thinking, big-picture abilities, and knowledge of management.
The Accelerate Master’s program in Information Science allows highly-motivated and self-directed students to complete a Bachelor of Science in Informatics and a Master of Information Science in five years from the time of their matriculation into Indiana University. The Accelerated Master’s is a competitive program intended for the most accomplished Informatics undergraduates for whom a masters degree will launch them into their chosen careers in IT leadership, IT business/project analyst, IT consultant, and project manager.
- Review: Accelerated Master’s Degree – General Information
Scholarships to cover the six credits of graduate coursework that you must complete the summer after you graduate with your B.S. degree in Informatics are available.
Courses for the Accelerated Masters in Information Science degree
Students will complete 36 credit hours: 18 credit hours of required MIS Foundation courses and 18 credit hours from a set of required electives that will be selected in consultation with the student’s MIS advisor. Note: Course substitutions may be considered using the Course Waiver Approval Form.
The courses selected for the MIS Foundation requirements were identified by a content analysis of a set of IT job descriptions onto which MIS courses were mapped. The courses selected cover the majority of the IT skills and knowledge that were most frequently required, including Information Architecture (Z515), Work Practice Analysis (Z556), Web Programming (Z517), and Data Modeling (Z511).
If a student has taken the undergraduate equivalent or a cross-listed version of one or more of these courses, a course substitution procedure will be used to waive the graduate course for the student, allowing him or her to take one or more additional elective courses. This way, double counting is avoided, satisfying the requirement for the completion of the total number of required credits for both degrees.
MIS Electives (18 credit hours) – must be selected from the lists below:
We have included courses that we believe are important for students wanting to possess competency in strategic information management (Z555,Z556), leadership (Z513), entrepreneurship (Z643), and project management (Z512).
1) These courses especially useful for students interested in this path – select 12 credit hours:Z555 Strategic Intelligence
Z605 Internship (3 or 6 credits)
Z556 Systems Analysis –or- Z513 Organizational Informatics
(whichever they did not take as a Foundation course)
Z643 Information Industry –or- Z512 Information Systems Design
2) Select an additional six (6) credits of coursework to complete the degree.
Z514 Social Aspects of Information Technology
Z518 Communication in Electronic Environments
Z532 Information Architecture for the Web
Z534 Information Retrieval
Z541 Information Policy
Z542 International Information Issues
Z551 Management for Information Professionals
Z604 Data Analytics and Text Mining
Z636 Semantic Web
Z637 Information Visualization
Z656 Information Technology Standardization
Degree Map – Plan in Consultation with your MIS Advisor
Z511 (3 cr.)
|May - Graduation||Bachelor Degree
|Graduate Year 1
|Z605 (6 cr.*) or
Z605 (3 cr.) and
|Graduate Year 1
Fall and Spring Semesters
Z516 or Z661 (3 cr.)
Z556 or Z513 (3 cr.)
Z555 or Z643/Z512 (3 cr.)
Z555 or Z643/Z512 (3 cr.)
Two electives (3 cr. each)
|May - Graduation||MIS Degree Graduation|
*Internship (Z605) note: Students with a B.S. Informatics degree will be approved to take up to six credit hours of internship course credit towards their Master of Information Science degree.