Combined Bachelor/Master Programs

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 adviser. 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. As a BIS/MS student, you will either earn your MS in HRD in conjunction with your BIS in General Studies or Leadership degree or your MS in Software Engineering in conjunction with your BIS in Information Systems in an abbreviated timeframe.

We have designed the BIS/MS in Human Resource Development program to offer CPS students in the BIS (Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies) in General Studies or Leadership programs an educational path to prepare for a career in the field of human resources. As a BIS/MS student, you will earn your MS (Master of Science) in HRD in conjunction with your BIS in General Studies or Leadership degree in an abbreviated timeframe.

You are encouraged to contact your academic advisor if interested.You will need to complete the required formal application process leading to your admission into the graduate program. You should begin this process prior to the start of your senior year.

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

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • a 3.2 minimum technical GPA
  • completed all 45 credits in the core curriculum
  • earned a minimum of 90 credit hours

Once admitted into the BIS/MS program, you will enroll in three graduate HRD courses during your senior year. These courses will count toward both your BIS degree and your MS in HRD. Only grades of B or higher will be counted toward the graduate degree. 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 or Leadership; 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.

We have designed this combined BIS/MS in Software Engineering program to offer BIS (Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies) in Information Systems majors the opportunity to continue their study of systems concepts at the graduate level.  You are encouraged to contact your Part-Time Studies academic advisor if interested.

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.  As a BIS/MS student, you will earn your MS (Master of Science) in Software Engineering in conjunction with your BIS in Information Systems degree in an abbreviated timeframe.

To be eligible, you must have:

  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • a minimum 3.5 technical GPA
  • earned a minimum of 90 credit hours

Once admitted into the BIS/MS program, you will enroll in two to three graduate Software Engineering courses during your final undergraduate year.  The two courses listed below will count toward both the BIS degree and the 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.  Only courses with grades of B or higher count towards the graduate 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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