ITI/MI Dual Degree Pathway

Rutgers SC&I ITI majors who have completed 90 credits may apply to earn an ITI bachelor’s degree and Master of Information (MI) degree in five years of continuous study. If accepted, you will:

  • Take 12 MI graduate credits during your senior year.
  • Save up to a year of graduate tuition.
  • Maintain continuity with faculty, resources and research facilities.
  • Gain a competitive edge in the marketplace.
  • Increase your earning potential.

Application Criteria, Deadlines and Process

Application Criteria

ITI students who have completed at least 90 credits may apply. To be considered, you must:

  • Have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Submit essay responses to questions presented in the online application.
  • Complete 90 credits by the end of your sixth semester.
  • Submit an official copy of their transcript.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a professor in your major.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall admission: June 15
  • Spring admission: November 15

Final admission decisions will be made after the deadline dates. Admission decisions are based on evidence of high-achievement and space is limited.

Application Process

During your junior year, apply to the MI program through Graduate Admissions.

  • Submit an official copy of your transcript.
  • Submit essay responses to the online application questions.
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a professor in your major who has worked with you.
  • Select “Library and Information Science” during the Program Selection section.
  • Select the term following your anticipated undergraduate graduation term and the appropriate "curriculum."

You must attain a grade of a B or higher in the graduate courses for them to be counted toward the MI degree.

Please note you will need to apply for the term following your anticipated undergraduate graduation term. You need to remain coded as an undergraduate student during your senior year. If admitted, you will be able to complete MI courses in your senior year and will receive special permission numbers from the Office of Student Services to register for the courses.

Anticipated Undergraduate Graduation Term: Complete an application for the following academic term:
May 2022 Summer or Fall 2022
August 2022 Fall 2022
January 2023 Spring 2023
May 2023 Summer or Fall 2023
August 2023 Fall 2023
January 2024 Spring 2024
May 2024 Summer of Fall 2024
August 2024 Fall 2024

*Please note, as a graduate student you are not required to complete summer courses. If you are an anticipated May graduate, you can apply for summer or fall.

How the Pathway Plan Works

Year 4: Your Senior Year

After you receive notification of your admission in your junior year, contact ITI Director Warren Allen to craft your program of study. In the fall and spring semesters of your senior year, you will take two graduate courses per semester in addition to completing your undergraduate requirements. Those courses will be selected based on your goals and MI program requirements. These four courses (12 credits) will count both as undergraduate (ITI electives) and graduate (MI) requirements as long as your grade for those courses is B or better. Upon successful completion of coursework in your senior year, you will graduate from the undergraduate program and transition into the graduate program as an MI student.

Year 5: Your “+1” Year

In your senior year, pending successful completion of the graduate level courses, you will meet with MI Program Director Lilia Pavlovsky to plan your final year in the graduate program of study. At that point you may be directed to other faculty advisers based on your goals. In this final year, you will be expected to take the appropriate credits for MI program requirements (24 credits total / 8 courses). You can also take graduate courses in the summer and winter sessions, if appropriate.

Helpful Contacts

If you believe you are eligible to apply for the Dual Degree pathway, contact ITI Director Warren Allen. For pathway questions, reach out to MI Program Director Lilia Pavlovsky or advisors in the Office of Student Services who can provide the best advice about completing your undergraduate degree requirements.