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Integrated Information Science & 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 IIST 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 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 NOVA or any regionally accredited institution of higher learning and apply it to your bachelor's degree in IIST. There are three ways that you can transfer these credits.

 

Associate of Science

  • Information Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics Specialization

 

Associate of Applied Science* 

  • Information Technology
  • Cybersecurity
  • Biotechnology

*Students must complete MTH163, ITP100 and a 4-credit science course.

 

60 transferable credits

These credits are required to include general education distribution.

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Where Our Grads Work

 

Federal & Defense Contractors

  • TASC
  • General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems
  • QuinetiQ North America 
  • L3 Stratis
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Intelligent Decisions 
  • Kaseman
  • SRI International 

 

Tech Firms & Private Sector

  • DELL
  • IBM
  • The Washington Post
  • Latisys
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • OST
  • Appian
  • Littler
  • Sage
  • Column Technologies

 

Biotechnology, Research, & Healthcare

  • MedImmune
  • Bode Technology 
  • J. Craig Venter Institute 
  • INOVA
  • HHMI Howard Hugues Medical Institute 

 

Federal Agencies 

  • Department of Defense
  • US Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of State
  • USDA

""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 IIST 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 Communications and Media Relations I

PSIS 2102
(4 credits) 

Writing and Communications and Media Relations II

PSIS 2103 
(4 credits) 

Foundations in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and Data Analysis I

PSIS 2104 
(4 credits)

Foundations in Mathematical and Statistical Sciences and Data Analysis II

PSIS 2105 
(4 credits)

Foundations in Information Technology and Computation I

PSIS 2106 
(4 credits)

Foundations in Information Technology and Computation II

PSIS 3122 
(4 credits)

Ethics in Science and Technology Policy

PSIS 4142 
(4 credits)

Relational Databases and Their Design

PSIS 4152 
(4 credits)

Entrepreneurship and Technology Venture Creation

PSIS 4191
PSIS 4192

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

 

You must select five of these courses. Not all core courses are offered each year. Please see the department for course availability.

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 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, Communications, & Media Relations I

PSIS 2105:
Foundations in Information Technology & Computation I

Wednesdays
6:00 - 9:00 PM

PSIS 2103:
Foundations in Mathematical and 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, Communications, & Media Relations II

PSIS 2106:
Foundations in Information Technology & Computation II

Wednesdays
6:00 - 9:00 PM

PSIS 2104:
Foundations in Mathematical and 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 and Its Role in Science and Technology Policy

 

 

 

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Application Information

 

To be considered for admission to the BPS in IIST, you must have:

  • Earned an Associate’s degree in science, technology or related fields from a regionally accredited community college or university, or
  • Earned at least 60 transferable credit hours of suitable coursework from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

All applicants must have:

  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.70
  • Proof of high school completion (final high school transcript, GED, or copy of high school diploma), unless a university degree (Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate) 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).

 

Students who apply to the program without an Associate’s degree (but with 60 transferrable credit hours from a regionally accredited institution of higher education) must have a range of courses that satisfies GW's general education distribution requirement. This requirement includes a total of 22 credit hours in these general education areas:

  1. Mathematics or statistics  (3 credit hours)
  2. Natural or physical science with lab  (4 credit hours)
  3. Humanities (3 credit hours)
  4. Social and behavioral sciences (6 credit hours)
  5. Written communication or composition (6 credit hours)

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

 

GW & NOVA Agreement (PDF) GW & Montgomery College Agreement

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

Curriculum:
15 courses (typically completed in 2 years)

 60 credits

Tuition (Summer 2017-Spring 2018 Term Rates):
60 credits @ $730 per credit hour

$43,800

Registration fees:
5 registration sessions @ $35 each

 $175

TOTAL:
Tuition + fees over the average completion time

 $43,975 (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

  • PACTS Scholarship (Pathway for Adult-Learners, Community College and Non-Traditional Students): Sponsored by the NSF, students can receive up to $10,000 per year for two years.
  • 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

Applications are currently being considered on a rolling basis. Please contact program representatives to apply. International applicants must have completed applications at least two months before the listed admissions deadline and accepted international students must submit their visa applications by July 1st for Fall.

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. 

Applications received after the priority deadline will continue to be processed, space permitting.

 

illustration of a flowerFall Priority Deadline: March 1

 

 

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"The hours and days for when IIST 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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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.