COMBINED BACHELOR/MASTER PROGRAMS

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BIS/MS IN HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
BIS/MS IN SOFTWARE ENGINEERING


The combined Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) to Master of Science (MS) programs offer exceptional College of Professional Studies (CPS) students the opportunity to continue their education in one of two Villanova graduate programs - the Master of Science in Human Resource Development (MSHRD) or the Master of Science in Software Engineering (MSSE).

If interested, you are encouraged to contact your CPS academic advisor. If you are qualified, you will need to complete the required formal notification process leading to your admission into the graduate program. 

You should begin this process prior to the start of your senior year, ideally during your junior year, by filling out the Combined Bachelor/Masters Program Interest Form.

As a BIS/MS student, you will either earn your MS in HRD in conjunction with your BIS in General StudiesLeadership, or Organizational Development and Management degree or your MS in Software Engineering in conjunction with your BIS in Information Systems in an abbreviated timeframe.

The BIS/MS in Human Resource Development program offers qualified CPS students in the BIS (Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies) in General StudiesLeadership, or Organizational Development and Management programs an educational path to prepare for a career in the field of human resources. As a BIS/MS student, you will earn an MS (Master of Science) in HRD in conjunction with a BIS degree in an abbreviated timeframe.

Students are encouraged to discuss plans with their academic advisor early in their academic career. To begin the application process, students must complete the Combined Bachelor/Masters Program Interest Form during their junior year between 72-84 credit hours.

To be eligible for the combined degree program, students must have:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • completed all 45 credits in the core curriculum
  • earned a minimum of 90 credit hours

Once admitted into the BIS/MS program, students must adhere to all Graduate School policies on Combined Bachelor/Masters Programs. To register for a graduate level course, students must submit a "Permission to Enter a Graduate Course" form on MyNova. Upon departmental approval, students can enroll in three graduate HRD courses during their final undergraduate year. Only grades of B or higher will be counted toward the graduate degree. In addition, students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA according to the grading system and GPA policy. You must choose three courses from the five listed below:

  • HRD 8006 HR Analytics: Create a strong foundation on critical aspects of HR analytics: measurement, research methods, probability and statistics, analysis, and interpretation of data. Improve human capital decisions through a strategic use of HR data and effectively communicating findings to decision makers. Create a strong foundation on critical aspects of HR analytics: measurement, research methods, probability and statistics, analysis, and interpretation of data. Improve human capital decisions through a strategic use of HR data and effectively communicating findings to decision makers.
  • HRD 8419 Foundations of Strategic HR: Provide students with a critical understanding of theories, trends, principles, and current issues relevant to the breadth of human resource management (HRM) in organizations. Explore the evolving role of HRM as a strategic partner in organizations.
  • PSY 8425 Organizational Development: Understand individual, group, and organizational behavior at work as it relates to well-being and performance. Individual group, and environmental factors will be explored as to how they independently and interactively shape employees' job attitudes, motivation, behavior, and performance in organizations.
  • PSY 8475 Training & Development: Organizations that link learning strategies to business strategies report better financial performance. Training has changed from a classroom event to learning experiences that can occur through a variety of methods: online learning, developmental assignments, team collaboration or a blend.
  • PSY 8875 Organization Development: Planned, system-wide effort with the goal to increase organization effectiveness and health through diagnosis and interventions in the organization's processes using behavioral science knowledge. Focus on developing organization capability through alignment of strategy, structure, management processes, and people.

There is no change in requirements for the undergraduate major in General Studies, Leadership, or Organizational Development and Management; the same number of credits and the same required courses are still in place. The only difference is that we will apply the three graduate courses described above toward either your major course requirements or your free electives course requirements.

The combined BIS/MS in Software Engineering program offers exemplary students majoring in BIS (Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies) in Information Systems the opportunity to continue their study of systems concepts at the graduate level. As a BIS/MS student, you will earn your MS (Master of Science) in Software Engineering in conjunction with a BIS in Information Systems degree in an abbreviated timeframe.

Students are encouraged to discuss plans with their academic advisor early in their academic career. To begin the application process, students must complete the Combined Bachelor/Masters Program Interest Form during their junior year between 72-84 credit hours.

To be eligible, students must have:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • earned a minimum of 90 credit hours

Once admitted into the BIS/MS program, students must adhere to all Graduate School policies on Combined Bachelor Masters Programs. To register for graduate level course, students must submit the “Permission to Enter a Graduate Course” form on MyNova. Upon departmental approval, students will enroll in two to three graduate Software Engineering courses during their final undergraduate year. Only courses with grades of B or higher count towards the graduate degree. In addition, students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA according to the grading system and GPA policy.

The two courses listed below will count toward both the BIS degree and MS in Software Engineering:

  • CSC 8490 Database Management: Architecture of a database system; conceptual and implementation models; query languages, design theory; integrity, security, and concurrency; discussion of some commercial systems.
  • CSC 8540 Software Engineering: An introduction to software engineering covering development life-cycle models, requirements analysis and specification, design concepts and methods, testing, maintenance, CASE tools and management concerns. Additional topics may include reuse, metrics, experimentation, reengineering, development environments, and standards. The student may be required to write a research paper and/or give an in-class presentation.

You may also get approval to take an additional Computing Science graduate course as part of the combined degree. Please note that undergraduate students are only permitted to take nine credits of graduate work to double count. Any additional courses will only count toward the student's undergraduate degree. 

There is no change in requirements for the undergraduate major in Information Systems; the same number of credits and required courses are still in place. The only difference is that we will apply the two or three graduate courses described above toward either your major course requirements or your free electives course requirements.

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BIS vs. BA

The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.

Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.

Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.

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