Unless you are transferring from another university, the freshman and sophomore years are spent in the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of General Studies. During the first two years, a pre-Information Science student takes courses needed for admissions and begins satisfying some of the required Skills, General Education, Related Area, and Information Science course requirements.
Upon completion of 55 credits, pre-Information Science students can apply to the Information Science program by meeting with their advisors and completing an Undergraduate Academic Program/Plan Add/Change Form and a BSIS School Transfer Application. Your advisor will send these plus your folder to Information Science, and they will be reviewed by an admissions committee. Decisions are made in about two weeks.
Use the University transfer guidelines for detailed information on the transfer process.
If you are transferring from another college or university external to Pitt, you may access Pitt’s external transfer policies here. In addition, the School of Information Sciences has specific credit transfer arrangements with several local colleges and universities. You may access the details on those specific arrangements here.
To be considered for transfer to the Information Science program, applicants must:
- Present an adequate lower-level undergraduate academic record and be in good standing in the college or school in which they are currently enrolled.
- Complete 55 credits (includes current-term credits)
- Demonstrate strong evidence of academic achievement to include GPA, course grades, or recommendations. Note: Students who have a GPA less than 2.75 may be considered for provisional admission and should apply. Students should have earned a “C” or better for any courses that were taken to meet the General Education, Skills, Related or Information Science requirements.
- Maintain an information science GPA of at least 2.75
- Complete the INFSCI 0010 Intro to Information, Systems and Society course
Deadlines: August 1 for the fall term, December 1 for the spring term, and April 1 for the summer term.
- Undergraduate Academic Program/Plan Add/Change form from the School/College at which you are currently enrolled.
- BSIS Transfer Application from your current advisor's office.
Postbaccalaureate and guest students are holders of bachelor’s degrees who have been permitted to take additional undergraduate course work as non-degree students. The number of credits that may be taken by non-degree, postbaccalaureate students is limited to a maximum of 12.
Guest students are students who are matriculated in degree programs elsewhere but who, with the permission of their home schools, wish to take courses in the information science program. The expectation is that credit thus earned will be transferred to the home school to be used in satisfying degree requirements. The home school must certify that the proposed arrangement is satisfactory before such a student will be admitted. Suspended or dismissed students, even with their home school’s permission, cannot be admitted as guest students. Guest student status is not usually granted for more than two terms.
Application forms for admission as either a non-degree postbaccalaureate or guest student are available from the School administrative office located at 135 North Bellefield Avenue. Acceptance cannot be granted until all necessary materials have been received, including the completed application form, official transcripts, and application fee. The deadlines for application for special students are August 1 for fall term, December 1 for spring term, and April 1 for summer term admissions.