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Chapter V: Special Degrees and Pre-Professional Studies

Several special degree programs are offered by the joint cooperation of LS&A and other colleges or schools within the University. Admission to some of these programs is highly competitive. Because many of these programs require specific courses for admission, it is important for students to identify program interests early in their undergraduate careers. Although the basic requirements are summarized in this chapter, students should consult academic advisors associated with the various programs.

Many LS&A students are interested in applying for admission to a professional school either after some liberal arts studies or after completing an LS&A degree. The second half of this chapter describes several pre-professional courses of study. Pre-professional advising is available at both the Academic Advising Center and the Office of Career Planning and Placement.

Special Joint Degree Programs


Information (Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Information Accelerated Program)

The School of Information offers an accelerated program for exceptional undergraduates at the University of Michigan. The program enables students in the Interdisciplinary Program on Organizational Studies to complete both a bachelor's degree and the two-year Master of Science in Information (MSI) degree in five years of study. The School of Information will select candidates for this program during their junior year. In the senior year, students will elect the full sequence of MSI core courses, most of which simultaneously satisfy concentration or cognate requirements for the bachelor's degree while counting toward the MSI degree. The A.B./B.S. degree is normally awarded at the end of the senior year (the first year of study in the School of Information) and the MSI degree after completion of its requirements (normally after a second year of graduate study).

For this accelerated program, students need to complete a minimum of 100 LS&A credits toward the 120 necessary for the undergraduate degree. In calculating LS&A credits, LS&A will count all elections that are listed in the LS&A Bulletin and the School of Information that are cross-listed with Organizational Studies.

The eligibility requirements for the accelerated degree program include completion of at least 100 credits toward the undergraduate degree by the end of the junior year. At least 27 of the 100 credits must be in courses meeting the requirements of the Organizational Studies interdisciplinary concentration, and must include a course that meets the quantitative skills requirement. In addition, applicants for the joint degree program must show an academic record that is consistent with the demands of completing six years of course work in five years. This means that accelerated degree applicants must be at or above the norm for the regular entering class at the School of Information, in terms of maturity, GPA, and GRE scores.

Further information can be found under the departmental program statement of Organizational Studies, or by visiting the School of Information, 300 West Hall, or SI's website: http://www.si.umich.edu/. Interested undergraduates should begin consultation in the sophomore year at the time when they submit applications to the Organizational Studies concentration advisor. A separate application to the School of Information is made in the fall academic term of the junior year and is reviewed as part of the regular admission process by the School of Information. Applicants will be notified of the School of Information's decision before the registration deadline in the winter academic term.


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