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Integrated Undergraduate Graduate (IUG) Program

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The Integrated Undergraduate Graduate (IUG) program allows academically strong undergraduate students to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree at the same time. The program allows students to complete the two degrees in a shorter period of time than would be necessary if the degrees were pursued separately. Undergraduate students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology may apply for admission to either the ISTBS/ISTMS IUG program or the SRABS/ISTMS IUG program after earning 60 credits (typically in the spring semester of the junior year).

The IUG program is administered and delivered by the College of IST at University Park. The degree is geared toward students who are interested in doing research and completing a Master’s degree.

Why should I consider an IUG?

IUG programs offer undergraduate students the benefits of graduate education. These programs aim to:

  • introduce undergraduate students to the rigors of graduate study and graduate faculty
  • make the resources of the Graduate School available to IUG students
  • allow students with IUG status to benefit from their association with graduate students whose level of work and whose intensity of interest and commitment parallel their own
  • permit coherent planning of studies through the graduate degree, with advising informed by not only the requirements of the baccalaureate program, but also the longer-range goals of the graduate degree

How does the IUG work?

The first two to three years of undergraduate coursework follow the same undergraduate curriculum that other students follow in the Information Sciences and Technology (IST) or Security and Risk Analysis (SRA) major. The final years of study include graduate requirements: 6 credits of required graduate courses, 6 credits of research methods courses, 12 credits of graduate specialty courses, and 6 credits toward research. Students may double-count a maximum of 12 specified credits toward their graduate and undergraduate degrees, thus making faster progress toward each degree.

Student performance will be monitored on an on-going basis by the student’s adviser and the Graduate Programs Office. Students admitted to the integrated program must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.3 and a minimum 3.0 GPA in all courses used toward the M.S. degree in order to maintain good academic standing and meet graduation requirements.

What is the course sequence?

Sample Sequence of Graduate Coursework
(Undergraduate courses are added to a total of 12 credits each semester)

 

FALL

SPRING

YEAR 1
(Senior Undergraduate)

IST 504: Foundations (3)
Methods course (3)

IST 505: Research Design (3)
Methods course (3)

YEAR 2
(Super Senior Undergraduate)

Thesis Research (3)
Grad Specialty Course (3)
Grad Specialty Course (3)

Thesis Research (3)
Grad Specialty Course (3)
Grad Specialty Course (3)

What are the requirements to apply?

Undergraduate students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology may apply for admission to the ISTBS/ISTMS IUG program or the SRABS/ISTMS IUG program as early as the end of their sophomore year, but no later than the end of their junior year, if they meet the following admission requirements:

  • Must be enrolled in the ISTBS or SRABS undergraduate degree program.
  • Must have completed 60 credits of an ISTBS or SRABS undergraduate degree program.
  • Must apply to and be accepted without reservation into the Graduate School and M.S. program in IST. Students must complete the Graduate School application.
  • Must have an overall GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate coursework and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all coursework completed for the major.
  • Must present an approved plan of study. The plan should cover the entire time period of the integrated program, and it should be reviewed with an adviser.
  • Must present two letters of recommendation from faculty members.
  • Must meet with both the Director of Undergraduate Academic Affairs and the Graduate Program Coordinator to declare interest and receive information about the IUG program.

How do I apply?

  1. Meet with a College of IST Academic Adviser to discuss your interest in the IUG program, and receive a referral to discuss the program with the Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Affairs. (Recommended: Fall of junior year)
  2. Meet with the Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Affairs for an assessment of whether your academic plan will accommodate the IUG program requirements, and receive a referral to discuss the program with the Director of Graduate Programs. (Recommended: Fall of junior year)
  3. Meet with the Director of Graduate Programs to discuss your interest in a research-focused Master’s level thesis. (Recommended: Fall of junior year)
  4. Prepare a proposed semester-by-semester plan for the IUG program, and submit it for approval from your academic adviser, the Director of Graduate Programs, and the Director of Graduate and Undergraduate Academic Affairs. (Recommended: Fall of junior year)
  5. Once the proposed semester-by-semester plan is approved, apply to the IUG program through the Graduate School’s application. (Recommended: January of junior year; Graduate Recruiting Committee reviews applications in February.)

When are decisions made?

The Graduate Recruiting Committee reviews applications in February. Decisions are made in March. Successful student applicants are admitted in summer of the year for which they apply.