Combined Bachelor’s / Master’s Program in Information Technology (BSIT/MSIT Bridge Program)

This program allows motivated and academically talented FSU undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue an accelerated program culminating in a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) and a Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT).  Students accepted to this combined bachelor’s/master’s program may count up to 12 units of graduate coursework toward both the BSIT and the MSIT degrees.

The combined BSIT/MSIT bridge program allows eligible students to:

  • Count up to 12 graduate-level credit hours toward both the BSIT and MSIT degrees.
  • Complete both the BSIT and MSIT degrees in a shorter time span.
  • Apply undergraduate tuition assistance (e.g., Bright Futures, Florida Pre-Paid) to graduate courses.
  • Explore graduate coursework as an undergraduate student, easing the transition to the graduate school.

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum Degree/Coursework

An undergraduate student interested in enrolling in the combined BSIT/MSIT program must:

  • Be formally admitted and currently enrolled as an FSU undergraduate pursuing the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree (IT Majors Only) in the School of Information.
  • Have successfully completed a minimum of 9 letter-graded hours of BSIT major coursework.  (NOTE: Transfer students must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of credit at FSU and have completed all Term 5 Mapping Milestones.)
  • Have a proven record of high academic achievement that will allow the student to meet the challenges of graduate coursework.

Grade Point Average

A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on all upper-division undergraduate coursework towards a bachelor’s degree.

Graduate Admissions Entrance Exam

Official test results from a nationally standardized Graduate Admissions Entrance Exam, such as the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). The GRE is preferred.

Preferred GRE Scores:

Exam Taken prior to August 1, 2011
Verbal – 450
Quantitative – 630
Writing – 4.0
Exam Taken on or after August 1, 2011
Verbal – 150
Quantitative – 149
Writing – 4.0

English Language Proficiency  (International Applicants ONLY)

Official English Language Proficiency results are required of all international applicants whose native language is not English. The minimum scores required for admission to the School of Information are:

  • Paper based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 585 total / 61 writing
  • Internet based TOEFL (IBT): 94 total / 24 writing
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.5

Retention Requirements

  • Students must maintain an overall FSU cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • A grade of B- or better must be achieved in graduate level courses in order to count toward the combined BSIT/MSIT degree.
  • In addition to the minimum retention GPA listed above, only grades of C- or better on graduate courses will apply towards the Master’s degree.
  • Students will receive their BSIT degree when all undergraduate requirements are completed.  When the graduate degree requirements are completed the MSIT degree will be awarded.

BSIT/MSIT Transition and Application Timeline

Step 1: Make an appointment to meet with the BSIT undergraduate advisor to discuss eligibility once 60+ hours of coursework toward the BSIT degree has been completed.

Step 2: Complete the Supplemental Application to begin the application process to the BSIT/MSIT program by April 1 of your junior year.

Step 3: Take the GRE and submit the University Graduate Admissions Application by April 1 of your senior year.

Junior Year (60+ hours completed)

Fall Semester

  • Enroll in and successfully complete 15 hours toward completion of the BSIT.
  • Maintain a cumulative FSU GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Spring Semester

  • Enroll in and successfully complete 15 hours toward completion of the BSIT.
  • Maintain a cumulative FSU GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Apply to the BSIT/MSIT bridge program by July 1 by submitting the online Supplemental Application (see details below).

Senior Year (90+ hours completed)

Fall Semester

  •   Enroll in and successfully complete:
    – 9 hours of coursework toward completion of the BSIT

    6 hours of MSIT coursework: LIS 5275 Usability Analysis (3) and LIS 5405 Leadership in Technology (3)
  • Maintain a cumulative FSU GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Spring Semester

  • Enroll in and successfully complete:
    – 9 hours of coursework toward completion of the BSIT
    – 6 hours of MSIT coursework:
    LIS 5487 Information Systems Management (3) and LIS 5786 Introduction to Information Architecture (3)
  •  Take the GRE and submit test scores to be received by July 1.
  • Submit the University Graduate Admission Application online requesting Fall matriculation for the MSIT program (INFOTECH) by July 1.  You will be required to upload a current CV and provide information for your recommender references (see details below).
  • Complete the requirements for the BSIT degree.

University Graduate Admission Application Information – Spring of Senior Year

Submit the online University Graduate Admissions Application. Students will be required to apply to the University and pay an application fee (online). With your University Graduate Application, you will be required to include the following:

  • Upload a copy of your current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    During the submission of the University graduate application, you will be required to submit contact information for two individuals who can submit a letter of recommendation on your behalf.  Each letter should be on a company/institution letterhead and include the date and signature of the recommender. All letters should be uploaded to the online University application. It is preferred that one letter be from a current or former employer who can attest to your work performance and potential for advanced graduate study, and the second letter from an instructor with whom you took a course or someone who can attest to your potential to complete successfully a program of advanced study, including the rigor of graduate level writing. In the letter, your recommender should address the following items, if known:

– How long she/he has known the applicant and in what capacity
– Intellectual ability
– Communication skills, both oral and written
– Analytical skills
– Ability to work independently and with others
– Emotional maturity
– Potential for the profession

Tips for requesting a letter of recommendation:  It is always a good idea to notify the recommender in advance of submitting his/her contact information.  When requesting a letter of recommendation, provide your recommender with a brief resume that indicates courses you have taken, GPA, conference presentations, and honors you have received.  It is also helpful for a recommender to get a draft of your personal statement or statement of purpose that includes information related to your interests and plans for graduate study.  You should choose professional individuals who know your character and your work, and will describe your most positive attributes.

Program of Study

The following courses have been approved to count toward completion of the BSIT/MSIT bridge degree program:

LIS 5275 Usability Analysis (3 hours)
LIS 5487 Information Systems Management (3 hours)
LIS 5786 Introduction to Information Architecture (3 hours)
LIS 5405 Leadership in Technology (3 hours)

Once students have completed the requirements for the BSIT program using the 12 hours of graduate credit listed above, the MSIT degree program of study should be followed.

For more information, contact:

BSIT Information and Combined Program Eligibility
CCI Advising Center
4115 University Center, Bldg. C
Tallahassee, FL 32306-2651
(850) 644-7278
advising@cci.fsu.edu

MSIT information
Jade Stagg, Academic Program Specialist
iSchool Graduate Admissions
ischooladvising@admin.fsu.edu
850-645-3280