Technology moves quickly — so get a head start on your career!

The world of information technology is ever-changing, but success starts with a firm foundation in computing, data models and structure, and the legal and ethical uses of computer technologies. Through our accelerated 3+1 program, you’ll apply your knowledge of information technology to the field of library and information science and complete your undergraduate and graduate work in only four years. 

Working closely with expert faculty, you’ll complete your BS in Information Technology in three years, followed by a fourth year of study to complete your MS in Library and Information Science. Your work will culminate in a capstone experience or research project that addresses real-world information needs tailored to your interests.

Program Requirements

Note: this schedule represents a sample 3+1 Information Technology/Library Information Science Program curriculum. Credits from AP courses or transferred courses decrease total number of Simmons credits needed.  Except where noted, courses taken as undergraduates are 4 credits and courses taken as a graduate student are 3 credits.   Students must be awarded 128 credits for a Simmons undergraduate degree. Unnumbered course are part of the Simmons PLAN program. Free electives are any courses offered to Simmons undergraduates. The LIS portion of the 3+1 program has been updated to reflect changes made since the inaugural program and would include any subsequent changes. The only constraint in this program with respect to the MS-LIS is the accelerated time frame. 

Year 1

  • CS 112  Introduction to Computer Science (CS 531J)
  • CS 110 Foundations of Information Technology
  • The Boston Course
  • Simmons Course Explore 
  • The Leadership Course
  • Free elective
  • Foreign Language Requirement*
  • Foreign Language Requirement*
  • Summer: 2 Free Electives

Year credit total: 38 (38 cumulative)

Year 2

  • CS 227  Computer Networks
  • CS 327 Cybersecurity 
  • The Learning Community that includes one KCA
  • KCA 1: scientific inquiry or KCA 3: aesthetic, literary and artistic, as needed
  • Free Elective
  • MGMT 221 Project Management
  • CS 321 Web Centric Programming (LIS 467) 
  • CS 343/LIS 486 Systems Analysis 
  • Simmons Course Experience
  • Free Elective
  • Summer: 2 Free Electives

Year credit total: 49 (87 cumulative)

Year 3

  • MGMT 234 Organizational Behavior (KCA2)
  • CS 333/LIS 458 - Relational Databases 
  • Math 118 (QL)
  • Simmons Course Excel
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Free Elective
  • Undergraduate Capstone  1 (CS 350/370)
  • Undergraduate Capstone 2 (CS350/370) 
  • Free Elective: 3D - Design Across Diverse Disciplines
Year credit total: 41 (128 cumulative)

Begin LIS program in the Summer Term:
  • LIS 401 (if offered), else elective**
  • LIS 407 Reference/Information Services
  • LIS 415 Organization of Knowledge

Year 4: 

  • LIS 401 Foundations of Library and Information Science or elective, if 401 taken in summer
  • LIS  Capstone
  • LIS 403 or 404 
  • LIS Elective**
  • LIS Elective **
  • LIS Elective**

*KCAs (Key Content Areas), the Foreign language and the Qualitative Literacy (QL) courses are part of the undergraduate general education requirement from a list. Students will also have to frame three courses as an integrative seminar. 

**Suggested electives that may vary depending on student’s interests.

Customize Your Program
You'll work with a faculty adviser to tailor your program to your interests and career goals.
Internships and Research
Master's level coursework in library science will commence by your senior year and culminate in stimulating yet practical independent studies. Our prime Boston location opens the door to hundreds of prestigious internships.
    • Nanette Veilleux
    • Director of Computer Science and Informatics Program
    • Phone: 617-521-2705
    • Office: P212E
    • Amber Stubbs
    • Assistant Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2807
    • Office: P212C
    Bruce Tis
    • Bruce Tis
    • Associate Professor, Computer Science
    • Phone: 617-521-2703
    • Office: P212D
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