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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems Dual Degree Program, B.S./M.S.

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The Computer Information Systems (CIS) program currently offers B.S. and M.S. degrees in the Department of Computing Sciences at the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL). The CIS undergraduate program is ABET-accredited. The dual degree CIS program is designed for high-performing CIS undergraduate students who would like to pursue M.S. degree in CIS at UHCL. For students who are accepted into this program, up to six graduate credit hours can count toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The overall objective of this initiative is to provide the qualified CIS undergraduate students a fast track to an M.S. degree.

Number of credit hours for degree completion:

This dual degree program allows students to earn degrees at an accelerated pace by allowing up to six credit hours count toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees. For CIS, a total of 152 credit hours is required by the program for both the extended coursework option and the thesis option.

In this program, undergraduates with 90 or more credit hours may take up to six graduate credit hours toward their bachelor’s degree. The same six graduate credit hours may also count towards a master’s degree.

Graduate courses utilized for a Bachelor’s degree cannot be utilized for a graduate degree outside of the accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s degree program. No more than six graduate hours can be taken as an undergraduate.

Program participant performance monitoring: After a student is admitted to the program, his/her academic performance will be closely monitored. If a student’s cumulative UHCL GPA falls below 3.0/4.0, the student will be put on probation. The probation will be lifted if the student manages to increase the GPA back to 3.0/4.0. If a student fails to reach the 3.0/4.0 GPA requirement for two consecutive semesters, he/she will be automatically transferred to the regular B.S. program. The general 3.0 GPA or higher requirement for all UHCL graduate students remain effective throughout the program.

A student who becomes ineligible to participate in or withdraws from the program cannot double count any courses for both bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. However, courses successfully completed with a 3.0 or better may count toward the bachelor’s degree as appropriate substitutions.

Degree-granting process:

Students in dual degree programs receive a bachelor’s degree upon completion of the master’s degree.

Students in dual degree programs not completing the Master’s degree may apply for graduation with the bachelor’s degree.

Dual degree program students must complete the undergraduate residency requirements.


Eligibility Requirements

Students must apply to the dual degree program the semester before completing their Bachelor’s degree requirements. Interested students should submit a “CIS Dual Degree Program” application form to CIS program chair or his/her designee while meeting all of the following criteria: Junior, or Senior standing and at least 20 credit hours of CINF and CSCI course work completed; Overall GPA of 3.0 or better; 3.0 or above GPA on all CINF and CSCI course work. Students interested in this program must meet with a dual degree adviser in our college before enrolling in graduate courses.

Additional Information

GRE score is not required for the application.

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