About The Program

Students admitted to the Accelerated Master of Science in Information Science and Technology (MSIST) Degree Program begin their master’s degree course work in their senior year and take six graduate credits as part of the BSIST degree requirement. The Accelerated MSIST allows students to shorten their MSIST degree to 30 credits while starting the program as an undergraduate, paying undergraduate tuition for those first 6 credits. It allows students to complete both degrees in less time at a reduced cost.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA or higher
  • Must be in progress to complete 105 bachelor’s credits prior to the first term as a graduate student.

How to Get Started

Complete the IST Accelerated Master’s Degree Interest Form (see below). Students may declare their intent for the accelerated program as incoming freshmen, continuing UWM students, or transfer students.

Schedule a meeting with your undergraduate advisor to determine your eligibility in the accelerated program and to discuss coursework and timeline.

After consultation with your advisor, you will register for two graduate-level courses (six credits) when you have reached senior status within your BS program. Note: To earn graduate credit for these courses, you must register in the graduate section of the course and meet all graduate-level and grade requirements for the course.

At the beginning of your last undergraduate semester, you will formally apply to the Graduate School. Apply by September 1 to begin in Spring or April 1 for Fall.

 

Sample Course of Study

YEAR 1

Semester 1 Semester 2
INFOST 110 INFOST 315
INFOST 240 GER: Natural Sciences (NS)
Quantitative Literacy, Part A INFOST Cross-Functional Elective
GER: Humanities and Cultural Diversity (HU/CD) GER: Arts (A)
Oral & Written Communication, Part A GER: Social Sciences (SS)
Credits: 15 Credits: 15

 

YEAR 2

Semester 1 Semester 2
INFOST 310 INFOST 350
Quantitative Literacy, Part B INFOST 410
Cross Functional Elective – Technical Arts Oral and Written Communication, Part B
GER: Natural Science with Lab (NS+) Cross-Functional Elective – Ethics
Foreign Language or Elective Foreign Language or Elective
Credits: 15 Credits: 15

 

YEAR 3

Semester 1 Semester 2
INFOST 440 INFOST 340
GER: Humanities (HU) INFOST 300+ Elective
GER: Social Sciences (SS) INFOST 300+ Elective
Cross-Functional Elective – Communication General Elective
Cross-Functional Elective – Business General Elective
Credits: 15 Credits: 15

 

YEAR 4

Semester 1 Semester 2
INFOST 490 MSIST Graduate Elective2
INFOST 582G1 MSIST Graduate Elective2
INFOST 583G1 MSIST Graduate Elective
INFOST 300+ Elective
General Elective
Credits: 15 Credits: 9
Note: At the beginning of your last undergraduate semester, you will formally apply to the Graduate School. Apply by September 1 to begin in Spring or April 1 for Fall.

 

SUMMER

COMPST 703
Credits: 3

 

YEAR 5

Semester 1 Semester 2
COMPST 701 INFOST 790
COMPST 702 MSIST Graduate Elective2
MSIST Graduate Elective2 MSIST Graduate Elective
Credits: 9 Credits: 9

Total Credits: 135
1Forward counting credits must be completed with a B or better to count towards the MSIST
2Credits count backward

 


Accelerated Masters Degree Interest Form