- Decide early
- Take IS 147 instead of IS 125
- Do not take IS 303
- Apply during the semester when you take IS 350
- Have a 3.2 GPA
- Fill out application form for combined program
- Once graduated from the BA program, apply formally into MS program
Students who are interested in the BA/MS program should discuss their interest with a department advisor as early as the freshman year. This is especially important since students interested in applying must take IS 147 instead of IS 125 and they should not take IS 303. A student should request acceptance into the program during the semester in which they take IS 350.
To be eligible for this program, a student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.2 or higher at UMBC and all other institutions attended. This is a minimum requirement, and attainment of a 3.2 GPA does not guarantee admission to the combined degree program. Students must also take IS 147 as a prerequisite to admission into the program. The admission decision is determined on an individual basis taking into account the student’s past record, expected future performance, and how well the combined program would meet the student’s educational objectives.
Students should be aware of the current requirements for admission to the department’s Master level graduate programs so that they will complete coursework meeting these same requirements, or their equivalents.
Students seeking admission to the combined program should complete the online IS Department Combined Program application form, and request recommendations from two members of the faculty. The Undergraduate Programs Director (firstname.lastname@example.org) will review the application and make a recommendation to the HCC Graduate Program Director, who makes the admission decision. Students are notified of the decision, and the Graduate School is also informed when a student is accepted. This acceptance is by the IS Department only; the student still must formally apply to and be accepted by the Graduate School in order to finish the Masters portion of the program. Deadlines for applications to the combined programs are December 15 and May 15.
Acceptance into the combined program neither obligates the student to complete the program beyond the BA degree, nor does it obligate the Department or Graduate School to admit the student into the graduate program, when applying formally to the Graduate School. If the Graduate School finds reason to reject a student’s application, that decision is binding, even though the student may have been accepted into the combined degree program by the IS Department.
BTA BA/HCC MS Program Regulations and Procedures
- Maintain 3.0 or higher GPA
- No more than two C-s
- Apply to the graduate program during the semester when BA coursework completed – use the paper application form to waive fee
- Take HCC 629 instead of IS 303
- Take HCC 710 in place of an upper level elective
- Take HCC 636 in place of the required upper level IS elective
Once admitted to the combined program, the student must maintain a 3.0 or higher grade point average. No more than two “C” grades may be received in all courses taken after admission. If the GPA falls below 3.0 or if more than two “C” grades are received, the student will be removed from the combined program. This does not affect the student’s eligibility for the BA degree under normal University undergraduate requirements. Any one “D” or “F” also results in removal from the combined program.
Students in the combined program must formally apply for admission to the Graduate School before the UMBC Graduate School’s application deadline during the semester in which the course work for the BA is completed. No more than 9 credits of graduate courses may be taken while the student is paying undergraduate tuition. Students should fill out the paper application form to the graduate school. The application fee is waived for students in the combined BTA BA/HCC MS program.
Students in the combined program must take three of the courses required for the undergraduate major as graduate courses under their graduate course numbers. These are HCC 629 (in place of IS 303), HCC 710 (in place of an upper level elective), HCC 636 (in place of the required upper level IS elective). These courses count for both degrees; therefore, a minimum of 21 credits is required for the Master’s degree. For additional information about MS requirements, see the MS section of this document or the Graduate School Catalog.