IT Accelerated Programs

The School of Information Technology offers an accelerated program for undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program. This program allows students to earn a dynamic masters degree while completing his or her Bachelor of Information Technology degree. The school has collaborated with the following programs to offer the accelerated masters degree in Health Informatics, Business Administration, Information Technology, and Instructional Design and Technology.

Participating in any of these programs gives a powerful blend of knowledge that is greatly valued, as students will quickly see when they apply their skills in the real world with our Co-op Program. Discover more possibilities of employing a solid IT knowledge base with expertise in these three rewarding masters degrees:

UC Advantages

Here at the University of Cincinnati, we offer distinguished and quality education. Through collaboration between colleges, we are able to bring the best of circumstances to further students' education, career options and application of what they've learned. Below are a few of some of the notable benefits:

  • Accelerated: Sets a time frame enabling a student to get the two degrees in as little as five years. There are also distance learning options, allowing the flexibility to pursue the programs' graduate courses through onlineclasses. The BSIT program offeres several online course options as well.**
  • Accredited: Enables students to receive a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology that was the first in Ohio and one of the first ten in the nation to be accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).
  • Experienced: Secures job experience opportunitiebefore graduating with five semesters of full time paid work through our long standing Co-op program. The Co-op program was founded here and is consistently featured in US News articles for internships and Co-ops.
  • Combined construction directly from the participating colleges:

The College of Education, Criminal Justice, Human Services and Information Technology

The Carl H. Lindner College of Business

The College of Allied Health Sciences

Does it cost anything to apply?

No, there are no fees for filling out the application and turning it in.

Are there any graduate tests to take in order to apply?

None of those are required for any of the IT Accelerated programs.

About how much more in salary do people in IT make with a master's degree verses a bachelor's degree?

$10,000 more on average per year**

Are all the classes for all semesters equal in cost?

No, the accelerated program allows you to take graduate classes with your undergraduate classes, getting your degree faster. Any graduate classes taken will still be at the graduate credit cost.

What would that be like for say, a full-time senior student taking undergraduate classes mixed with their graduate courses?

It is a little complex, and each person's plan can be very different. It is strongly advised to speak with the Graduate Programs Director first to get full understanding of the curriculum and cost. For this general example though, a student would pay per credit hour for their last undergraduate classes, and per credit hour for graduate classes in their respective programs. There are also financial aid possibilities for graduate students.

How long does the program take to complete?

Ideally, a student can complete the program in five years. Five years is the full-time duration for the BSIT program, the difference would be the semester of graduation.

Online classes for graduate courses are another choice and for those working and doing school at the same time, the duration of the program would possibly be longer depending on how many classes are taken each semester.

Depending on what you want and need, the program allows flexibility, so would be best to talk it over with the program advisor so specifics can be worked out.

** Bureau of Labor Statistics,"Computer and Information Technology Occupations"

Accreditation

Accredited by the ABET Computing Accreditation Commission.

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.