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3+1 Accelerated Degree Program

B.S. in Computer Science with a Master of Science in Library and Information Science

3+1 = a career on the cutting edge

The world of library and information science is changing - fast. No longer just a home for printed texts, a "library" is any place where creating, storing, and accessing traditional print and emerging digital resources come together.

This evolution is huge, and the vast array of careers it's creating calls for a new breed of highly trained, technologically savvy information professional. The 3+1 Computer Science/Library and Information Science Program will thoroughly prepare you to meet this opportunity.

Pairing a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, this sought-after combination will give you a versatile technical background as well as advanced knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of modern librarianship, digital curation, and content management.

You'll earn your computer science degree in three years in an empowering, state-of-the-art environment. Through coursework and hands-on learning, you'll develop your ability to understand computing foundation and theory and to solve real-world problems through the application of technology.

Master's level coursework in library science will commence by your senior year and culminate in stimulating yet practical independent studies. Our Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) is ranked in the country's top 10 by U.S.News & World Report. The faculty are recognized leaders in their fields, while our prime Boston location opens the door to hundreds of prestigious internships.

You'll enter this exciting, expanding field with a sophisticated skill set, eminently qualified to connect people to the information they need.

"These degrees are powerful together. As the library field becomes more data-intensive, it needs more professionals to create and manage technical systems. Most of all, the work is fun - people shouldn't forget that!"

- Associate Professor Gerald Benoit, Ph.D., Coordinator of the 3+1 Program at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science

Who should apply?

The 3+1 Computer Science/Library and Information Science Program is designed for highly motivated students who are interested in becoming information professionals. The Computer Science and Informatics Department will help you gain the computational and mathematical skills needed to succeed. The GSLIS Program will expand these skills with knowledge of specific resources, to interact as a bridge between technology and the public and developing web and emerging information systems.

What are my job prospects?

Very promising. According the U.S. Department of Labor, jobs for librarians outside traditional settings will grow the fastest over the decade. Companies, nonprofit organizations, and consulting firms will turn to librarians because of their research and organizational skills and their knowledge of computer databases and library automation systems. Companies also need professionals to serve as liaisons between technical staff and management; to manage digital assets; and to ensure corporate knowledge is shared. At the same time, there is a national push among high-tech fields to actively recruit more women.

What are my career options?

As the definition of "library" continues to evolve, so do the variety of positions available to graduates with master's degrees in library and information science. Some possibilities include:

  • Information broker
  • Systems analyst or systems librarian
  • Programmer and information architect
  • Database specialist and trainer
  • Webmaster or web developer
  • Local area network (LAN) coordinator
  • Museum informatics manager
  • Archivist or records manager
  • Public librarian
  • Academic librarian
  • Information architect
  • Bio or science informatician
  • Information officer
  • Digital media specialist

How does the curriculum work?

Here's an example of how it will flow from start to finish:

Note: this chart represents a sample 3+1 curriculum. The 3+1 Computer Science/Library Information Science Program requires 32 other credits of electives (8 courses), which can be comprised of a combination of AP credits, extra courses each semester and/or summer courses before the end of Year 3. We will work with you individually to determine the best course sequence for your needs.

Year 1
Fall Term Spring Term
FYS 101 - First-Year Seminar: "Simmons 101" CS 113 - GUI and Event-Driven Programming
FYW 101 - First-Year Writing CS 227 - Computer Networks
CS 112 - Introduction to Programming MCC 102 - Multi-Cultural Core Course
CS 226 - Computer Organization and Architecture Foreign Language Requirement
Foreign Language Requirement
Year 2
Fall Term Spring Term
CS 232 - Data Structures & Algorithms CS 345 - Operating Systems
PHI L225 - Ethical, Legal & Social Issues (M6) CS 330/LIS 458 - Relational Databases
MTH 210 - Discrete Mathematics Mode 2
Mode 1* Mode 4
Year 3
Fall Term Spring Term
Mode 5 Independent Study 1
CS 343/LIS 486 - Systems Analysis Independent Study 2
Math 118/LIS 642 - Applied Statistics CS 321/LIS 467 - Web Development and Information Architecture
CS 327 - Security or Elective
Year 4
Fall Term Spring Term
LIS 403 - Evaluation of Information Services LIS 415 - Organization of Knowledge
LIS 404 - Principles of Management LIS 466 - Extensible Markup Language**
LIS 407 - Reference/Information Services LIS 469 - Information Retrieval**
Fall Term Spring Term
LIS 462 - Digital Libraries** LIS 505 - Internship
LIS 593D* - Information Visualization**

*Modes of Inquiry are part of the undergraduate general education requirement from a list.
**Suggested electives

Who will advise me?

Associate Professor Gerald Benoit, Ph.D., of GSLIS and the Computer Science and Informatics Department, and Associate Professor Nanette Veilleux, Ph.D., of the Computer Science and Informatics Department, oversee the 3+1 Computer Science/Library and Information Science Program.

Close mentorship is vital to 3+1 success. You'll work one on one with your advisor throughout the program to ensure your progress and meet your personal and professional goals.

To find out more about the program, contact Professor Benoit at or Professor Veilleux at

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for my master's degree in the 3+1 Program?

Ideally, you will submit an application for the master's part of your program at the end of your freshman year or during your sophomore year. For the SSW program, you'll apply at the start of your third year.

If I start the 3+1 Program, am I locked into it?

No. You can choose another major or complete just one degree if you find 3+1 isn't a match for you. However, depending on your new major, you may need to decide by the first semester of your sophomore year in order to meet the academic requirements.

Can I opt into 3+1 as a sophomore?

Yes, but you will need to do so at the start of your sophomore year. Your ability to complete the program by your senior year will also depend on what courses you took your freshman year and/or your Advanced Placement credits. Contact the 3+1 advisor for your program to learn more.

Do I have to complete the program in four consecutive years?

That's the plan. The curriculum for each program is set up with a careful sequencing of courses. Although there is some flexibility built in, it's highly recommended that you follow the program as it's laid out. If you feel this may be a problem, talk to your 3+1 advisor.

Will I have time to work or do extracurricular activities?

Because the 3+1 Program doesn't "skip" requirements and can demand a workload of five courses per semester, the time commitment is significant. However, your schedule should be flexible enough to allow you to work and join extracurricular activities.

Do I need to live in Boston year-round to do this?

Because the program almost entirely takes place on the Simmons campus and in field sites in the community, it's likely you will need to be in Boston for the academic year and at least some summers. The 3+1 faculty advisors can direct you on how the schedule will work for your program.

Simmons's graduate programs are coed; can a male student participate in 3 + 1?

No. The 3 + 1 option is only available to students who enroll in our (all women) undergraduate program.

How much money do I save?

Depending on an individual's plan and progress, students may save significantly on both tuition and living expenses.

What if I leave the 3+1 Program after three years? Will I graduate with a bachelor degree as a junior?

Yes. If you complete all your academic requirements in three years, you will earn your bachelor degree.

Will 3+1 affect my financial aid?

No. You will apply for financial aid as you normally do.

How will employers view graduates of the 3+1 Program? Will I be as competitive?

Based on our extensive knowledge of the fields represented, the 3+1 Program will position graduates with an "edge" in the marketplace. You'll be seen as motivated, accomplished, and hard working.

And because the 3+1 Program doesn't cut corners - you complete the same requirements as traditional students but in a shorter amount of time - your credentials and experience will be competitive with other candidates'.

Can I really complete this in four years?

Yes! The strategic combination of course sequencing, complementary learning, and faculty mentoring make the 3+1 an appealing, feasible option. Finishing two degrees in four years will take organization and dedication. Yet in a competitive job market, we anticipate that you'll find the high-quality results and cost savings to be well worth it.