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Integrated Undergraduate Graduate (IUG) Degrees

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The Integrated Undergraduate Graduate (IUG) degrees allow academically talented undergraduate students to pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree at the same time. IUG programs make it possible for 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 one of three IUG degrees listed below after earning 60 credits, which is typically in the spring semester of the junior year.

To learn more about each degree, application requirements, and sample coursework visit the corresponding University Bulletin pages by clicking the links below:

  • B.S./M.S. in Information Sciences and Technology (ISTBS/ISTMS)
  • B.S. in Security and Risk Analysis/M.S. in Information Sciences and Technology (SRABS/ISTMS)
  • B.S. in Security and Risk Analysis/M.I.A. in International Affairs (SRABS/MIA)

The first two degrees listed above are administered and delivered by the College of IST at University Park and are geared toward students who are interested in doing research while completing a master's degree. The third degree is jointly offered by the College of IST and the School of International Affairs and is geared toward students who are either interested in doing research or registering for additional internship experiences while completing a master’s degree.

Why should I consider an IUG?

IUG degrees 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 AN 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) majors. The final years of study include undergraduate and graduate requirements. Students may double-count a maximum of 12 specified credits toward their graduate and undergraduate degrees, thus making faster progress toward each degree. (Note: At least 50% of the courses that are double-counted must be at the graduate level.)

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 degrees must maintain a high cumulative GPA in order to maintain good academic standing and meet graduation requirements.

How do I apply?

  1. Meet with a College of IST Academic Adviser to discuss your interest in an IUG program, to receive an assessment of whether your academic plan will accommodate the IUG program requirements, and to obtain a referral to discuss the program with the Director of Master’s Programs. (Recommended: Spring of sophomore year or Fall of junior year)
  2. Meet with the Director of Master’s Programs to declare your interest and to gather information about the program requirements for the IUG degree of interest (Recommended: Spring of sophomore year or Fall of junior year)
  3. Prepare a proposed semester-by-semester plan for the IUG program, and submit it for approval from your academic adviser and the Director of Master’s Programs. (Recommended: Fall of junior year)
  4. 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.