School of Information: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Linguistics and Master of Science in Information
- Majors and Minors
- Departments and Units
- LSA Degrees
- Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
- Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (B.S.Chem.)
- Bachelor in General Studies (B.G.S.)
- Joint Degrees
- Joint Degree in Liberal Arts and B.S. in Engineering
- Individualized Joint Degree Programs
- Engineering: Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology and Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering
- School of Information: Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science in Linguistics and Master of Science in Information
- Public Health and Liberal Arts
- Second Degree
- Non-Degree Status
- LSA Requirements
- LSA Academic Policies
- Dates and Deadlines
- Academic Integrity
- Engaged Learning
- What Will You Do with an LSA Degree?
The School of Information (SI) offers an accelerated program for exceptional undergraduates at the University of Michigan. The program enables students in the Department of Linguistics to complete both a bachelor's degree and the two-year Master of Science in Information (M.S.I.) degree in five years of study. The School of Information will select candidates for this program during their junior year. The A.B./B.S. degree is normally awarded at the end of the senior year (the first year of study in the School of Information) and the M.S.I. degree after completion of its requirements (normally after a second year of graduate study).
In addition, applicants for the joint degree program must show an academic record that is consistent with the demands of completing six years of course work in five years. This means that accelerated degree applicants must be at or above the norm for the regular entering class at the School of Information, in terms of maturity, GPA, and GRE scores.
Further information can be found under the departmental program statement of the Department of Linguistics, or by visiting the School of Information, 304 West Hall, or the SI's website. Interested undergraduates should begin consultation in the sophomore year when they declare their linguistics major. A separate application to the School of Information is made in the fall academic term of the junior year and is reviewed as part of the regular admission process by the School of Information. Applicants will be notified of the School of Information's decision before the registration deadline in the winter academic term.
Students must satisfy the normal requirements for both the bachelor's and the M.S.I. programs, but any course they take that satisfies a requirement for the bachelor's and also satisfies a requirement for the M.S.I. can be used to satisfy both requirements simultaneously. By taking 24 credit hours of courses that are "double-counted" in this fashion, it is possible to eliminate a year from the normal course of study. In particular, several designated courses taught in the School of Information and the Department of Linguistics satisfy requirements for both degrees. See the official list of courses for details.
To qualify for admission to the School of Information under the accelerated program, students need to show that, given the double counting provision, they will be able to complete the LSA and linguistics requirements for the bachelor's by the end of the fourth year, while also completing the usual first-year coursework for the M.S.I.