Students can earn both M.B.A. and M.S. in Information Systems degrees by having 12 credits counted toward both degrees, thus requiring only 54 credits total of advanced course work (not counting foundation courses), rather than the 36 and 30 credits normally required for the two degrees. Students in the combined degree program will follow the same schedule as regular M.B.A. students, including the two lockstep semesters. To get both degrees, students will take all foundation courses required for the M.B.A., unless waived, all nine core courses required for the M.B.A., and nine additional courses in the M.S. in Information Systems program, including INFO 610, INFO 620 and INFO 630. Students whose undergraduate degree is not in Information Systems may also be required to take additional undergraduate prerequisite courses before taking the graduate information systems courses, as determined by the program adviser. The INFO 661 course taken for the M.B.A. will substitute for INFO 640, normally required for the M.S. in Information Systems degree, and three of the additional information systems courses also will count toward the normally required three elective courses in the M.B.A. program.
One of the information systems courses must have substantial global, entrepreneurial and/or experiential components. The six information systems courses to be taken in addition to INFO 661, INFO 664, INFO 610, INFO 620 and INFO 630 must be approved by the program adviser, and would normally be selected to satisfy one of the M.S. in Information Systems tracks.
For additional information, please visit our website at www.business.vcu.edu/graduate.