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New integrated degrees prepare students for wider range of career opportunities

August 11, 2015

The IU School of Informatics and Computing (SoIC) in Indianapolis will expand their accelerated degree options beginning fall 2015 with integrated degrees with the School of Science and the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management (PETM).

The Accelerated Five-Year BS/MS Degree Program allows students to complete complementary bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in a shorter time, giving them a head start on their career.

The two schools are jointly offering an integrated five-year BS/MS degree with the School of Informatics and Computing consisting of a Bachelor of Science in Biology through the School of Science and Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Bachelor of Science in Tourism, Conventions, and Event Management through the School of PETM and a Master of Science in Informatics with a specialization in sports analytics. These are in addition to the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Science in Health Informatics that was approved earlier this spring with the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. “The BS/MS program has several features that are attractive to students and employers, including greater breadth (BS) and depth (MS) of interdisciplinary programs and informatics fundamentals; better starting salary upon completion of the program; better career growth opportunities; and better preparedness to meet employment opportunities and challenges,” said Karl MacDorman, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Informatics and Computing.

Those obtaining the BS/MS degree will graduate with advanced skills preparing them for the career paths of tomorrow. According to the Economics and Statistics Administration, in the past 10 years science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs have grown three times as fast as those in other professions and STEM workers are less likely to experience joblessness than their non-STEM counterparts. STEM occupations are projected to grow 17% by 2018 compared with 9.8% for non-STEM occupations.

Consistent with IUPUI’s vision and mission, the BS/MS degree provides students with intensive hands-on experiential and problem-solving learning. The primary benefits of this combined degree program are to broaden students’ career horizons by allowing them to receive two degrees in a shorter time frame and at lower costs than it would take to pursue the degrees separately.

Students interested in applying for the integrated degree will be able to do so in the sixth semester of their BS or when they have successfully completed their first five semesters (75 credit hours) with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher. The School of Informatics and Computing will waive all application fees.

If you have questions about eligibility or the application process, contact the Department of Biology in the School of Science at Science Ambassadors at or (317) 278-8838, PETM at or317-274-2248, or Elizabeth Bunge, Graduate Program Coordinator at the School of Informatics and Computing.

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