Information (Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Linguistics and Master of Science in Information)
The School of Information offers an accelerated program for exceptional undergraduates at the University of Michigan. The program enables students in the Department of Linguistics 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. 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).
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 Linguistics, or by visiting the School of Information, 304 West Hall, or SI's website: www.si.umich.edu/. Interested undergraduates should begin consultation in the sophomore year when they declare their Linguistics major. 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.
Students must satisfy the normal requirements for both the Bachelors and the MSI programs; but any course they take that satisfies a requirement for the Bachelors and also satisfies a requirement for the MSI can be used to satisfy both requirements simultaneously. By taking 24 credit hours of courses that are "double-counted" in this fashion, it is possible to eliminate a year from the normal course of study. In particular, several designated courses taught in the School of Information and the Department of Linguistics satisfy requirements for both degrees. See the official list of courses for details.
To qualify for admission to the School of Information under the Accelerated Program, students need to show that, given the double counting provision, they will be able to complete the LSA and Linguistics requirements for the Bachelors by the end of the fourth year, while also completing the usual first-year coursework for the MSI.
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