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Information Technology Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

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Living at the height of the Information Age, all professional fields rely on technology in critical ways. It is precisely for this reason that a truly interdisciplinary education—one that combines technology trends, scientific principles and business practices all together—is so valuable.

Our unique Information Technology Bachelor’s degree completion program is designed to give you not only a comprehensive perspective of the technology industry, but more importantly a major edge as you begin a new career or grow in your current one. You will benefit from GW’s deep connections to nearby Washington, D.C.-based governmental and non-governmental organizations. You will also gain a solid foundation in problem-solving, analytical thinking, communication and computing skills to succeed in a number of fields including Information Systems, Technology Management and Consulting, Network Administration and more.

 

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At a Glance

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You can complete your bachelor’s degree in five semesters in our program designed for working professionals with evening and weekend classes.

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The program is for individuals with:

  • An associate’s degree; or
  • A non-technical bachelor's degree; or
  • 60+ credits.

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This is a unique IT program that prepares you to be successful in Information Systems; Technology Management and Consulting; Network Administration and Network Security; Health IT; or Data Analytics.

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Degree Pathway


You can transfer 60 credits from Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) or any regionally accredited institution of higher learning and apply it to your bachelor's degree in Information Technology. The 60 credits must include required general education distribution courses. There are four ways that you can transfer these credits.

 

Associate of Science

  • Information Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering

 

Associate of Applied Science *

  • Information Technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Biotechnology

 

Bachelor's Degree (non-technical)

Applicants with non-technical bachelor's degrees can apply as second bachelor's degree candidates.

 

60 Transferable Credits

Transfer 60 credits from any regionally accredited institution. Applicants must meet admissions  requirements.

* Note: NOVA students must complete MTH161, ITP100 and a 4-credit science course with a lab.

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Where Our Grads Work

 

Private Sector

  • Accenture
  • Addrex
  • Amazon
  • Appian
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • DELL

 

Private Sector

  • Deloitte
  • General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
  • IBM
  • Intelligent Decisions 
  • Kaseman
  • L3 Stratis

 

Private Sector

  • Microsoft
  • Northrop Grumman
  • QuinetiQ North America 
  • Reingold, Inc. 
  • SRI International 
  • The Washington Post

 

Federal Agencies 

  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of State

""Where You’ll Study

Where you'll study

 

Study in the Graduate Education Center in Arlington, VA or at the Virginia Science & Technology Center in Ashburn, VA

Attend classes evenings and weekends at the Graduate Education Center in Arlington, VA and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, VA.

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The program will provide you with a solid foundation in problem-solving, analytical thinking, writing, communication, and information technology and computing skills that make you competitive for technical employment or advanced degree completion.

Curriculum

The B.P.S. in Information Technology is a degree completion program that requires successful completion of 120 credits, 60 of which must be completed at GW. Up to 60 credits can be transferred from coursework taken at other regionally accredited institutions of higher education. This program is designed for individuals who currently hold an associate’s degree or have earned at least 60 credit hours towards their undergraduate degree.

PSIS 2101
(4 credits) 

Writing and Communication in the IT Field I

PSIS 2102
(4 credits) 

Writing and Communication in the IT Field II 

PSIS 2103 
(4 credits) 

Statistical Sciences and Data Analysis I

PSIS 2104 
(4 credits)

Statistical Sciences and Data Analysis II

PSIS 2105 
(4 credits)

Programming and Computing Foundations I

PSIS 2106 
(4 credits)

Programming and Computing Foundations II

PSIS 3122 
(4 credits)

Ethics in Science and Technology

PSIS 4142 
(4 credits)

Relational Databases and Their Design

PSIS 4191
PSIS 4192

Capstone Project and Senior Thesis I (2 credits)
and Capstone Project and Senior Thesis II (2 credits)

 

Select six courses from the following. Not all core courses are offered each year. Please see the department for course availability.

PSIS 4137
(4 credits)
Alternative Energy Sources
PSIS 4138
(4 credits)
Introduction to Health Information Technology

PSIS 4141 
(4 credits)

Computer and Telecommunication Networks

PSIS 4144 
(4 credits)

Information and Network Security

PSIS 4145 
(4 credits)

Software Systems Development Processes

PSIS 4152
(4 credits)
Entrepreneurship and Technology Venture Creation

PSIS 4161 
(4 credits) 

Data Visualization

PSIS 4195
(1-4 credits)

Undergraduate Research

 

PSIS 4199 
(2-4 credits)

Special Topics

 

This is an example of course scheduling for students in the IIST program for the first of the two years. Individual course schedules may vary and are subject to university course offerings.

Semester 1: Fall

 

September - October

October - December            

Mondays
6:00-9:00 PM
Saturdays
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

PSIS 2101:
Writing and Communication in the IT Field I

 

PSIS 2105:
Programming and Computing Foundations I

Wednesdays
6:00 - 9:00 PM

PSIS 2103:
Statistical Sciences and Data Analysis I

 

Semester 2: Spring

 

January - February

February - April          

Mondays
6:00-9:00 PM
 

Saturdays
9:00 AM- 12:00 PM

PSIS 2102:
Writing and Communication in the IT Field II

PSIS 2106:
Programming and Computing Foundations II

Wednesdays
6:00 - 9:00 PM

PSIS 2104:
Statistical Sciences and Data Analysis II

 

Semester 3: Summer

 

May - June

Tuesdays
6:00-9:00 PM

PSIS 4152: Entrepreneurship and Technology Venture Creation 

Wednesdays
6:00 - 9:00 PM

PSIS 3122: Ethics in Science and Technology

 

 

 

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Admissions Information

To be considered for admission to the Information Technology BPS program, you must have earned one of the following from a regionally accredited college/university with a range of courses that satisfies the program's general education distribution requirement: 

  • Associate’s degree in science, technology or related fields, or
  • Non-technical bachelor's degree, if applying as a second bachelor's degree candidate, or 
  • 60 transferrable credit hours

Additional Requirements: 

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Proof of high school completion (final high school transcript, GED, or copy of high school diploma), unless an associate's or bachelor's degree was earned
  • Required application materials.

Note: Acceptable transfer coursework must be successfully completed from a regionally accredited institution and earned with a grade of C or higher (C-, D and F do not transfer).

The General Education Distribution Mimimum Requirement includes a total of 22 credit hours as follows:

  • Mathematics (Precalculus or higher) or statistics (3 credit hours)
  • Natural or physical science with lab (4 credit hours)
  • Arts and humanities (3 credit hours)
  • Social and behavioral sciences (6 credit hours)
  • Written communication or composition (6 credit hours)

Students also need 38 credits in electives, some of which should be IT-related, for a total of 60 transferrable credit hours. 

 **International students should contact the Recruitment Specialist ([email protected]) for additional requirements.

GW has agreements with Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and Montgomery College (MC) to accept transfer credits, as applicable, to the Information Technology bachelor's degree program.

 

GW & NOVA Agreement (PDF) 

GW & Montgomery College Agreement

* Please note: this program was previously named the Integrated Information Science & Technology Bachelor's Degree Completion Program. The new name is in effect starting with students admitted for fall 2020.
 

Undergraduate Admissions Process

""Costs & Aid 

GW tuition and fees are comparable to the national average for private universities. These costs are set by the GW Board of Trustees and generally increase year to year, variable by program and location.

Please use this information as an estimate based on current tuition rates and fee structures. Total tuition and fees will vary according to the courses taken and the timeframe in which you complete your coursework.

Tuition and Fees

Rates Effective Summer 2019-Spring 2020 Terms  

Curriculum:
15 courses (typically completed in 2 years)
60 credits
Tuition (Summer 2019-Spring 2020 Term Rates):
60 credits @ $835 per credit hour
$50,100
Registration fees:
5 registration sessions @ $35 each
$175
TOTAL:
Tuition + fees over the average completion time
$50,275 (approx.)
   
 
Other costs to consider:  

Application fee:

Textbooks:

Matriculation fee (one time):

$80

$1,800 (approx.)

$200

Note: Students admitted to the program are required to have a laptop computer.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Dean's Scholarships are competitively awarded (up to a maximum of $5000 per year) to a limited number of top academic achievers. Program applications must be received no later than February 1st to be considered for the scholarship. (Contact the program representative at [email protected] for details and requirements.)
  • Virginia Two-Year Transfer Grant is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Students who have earned an Associate’s degree at an accredited Virginia two-year institution and meet other eligibility requirements could receive an annual award of up to $2,000.
  • Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG) is sponsored by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Designed to assist Virginia residents who attend accredited private, nonprofit colleges and universities in Virginia with awards up to $3,000. For application information, please visit:

Educational Loans:

Thinking about applying for Stafford or alternative education loans? For more information please visit the loan section of the Office of Student Financial Assistance.

Veterans Benefits:

Information regarding veterans education benefits may be obtained online from The Office of Military & Veteran Student Services or from Colonial Central, located on the ground floor of the Marvin Center at 800 21st Street, NW, (202) 994-9570. Those students who are veterans requesting benefits must communicate their status to the Veterans Benefits Office at least 30 days prior to course start date in order to obtain an advance payment from the VA.

""Deadlines

Fully completed applications submitted on or before the priority deadline will receive an application fee waiver. An application file is considered “complete” when academic transcripts, recommendations, test scores (if applicable), employment verification (if applicable), and the completed online application (including resume and statement of purpose) are received.

 

illustration of a flowerFall Priority Deadline: March 1

 

 

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Note for International Students: Applicants must have completed applications at least two months before the listed final admissions deadline and accepted international students must submit their visa applications by June 1st for Fall admission. More information.""

 

"The hours and days for when classes were held worked well for me as a working professional. The faculty supported students by setting achievable goals, providing networking opportunities, career guidance and career placement."

 

Johanna Mitton, IIST Class of 2016
United States Air Force Veteran

Johanna Mitton

 

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Sara Hooshangi

 

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Information Sessions

We periodically offer online and in-person information sessions about the Integrated Information Science & Technology Bachelor's Degree Completion Program. Contact the program director to learn more about upcoming events.