Combined Baccalaureate-Master's Degree Programs
Standards and Requirements
- In qualifying for the baccalaureate, students will meet all University and school requirements, including the second field requirement, the minimum liberal arts and sciences credit-hour requirement, and residency requirements.
- In qualifying for the master's degree, students will meet all University and school requirements, including completing a minimum of 30 graduate credits, and any such conditions as research seminar, thesis, comprehensive examination, or other professional experience where required, and residency requirements.
- Total minimum credit-hour requirements for combined degree programs in the arts and sciences: 138 to 150 credits, of which at least 30 must be graduate credits. To earn the baccalaureate degree students must complete 120 credits of appropriate study; to receive the master's degree students must complete 30 credits of appropriate graduate study. Up to 12 graduate credits may be applied simultaneously to both the undergraduate and to the graduate programs. Although it is permissible for combined degree programs to require a minimum of 138 total credits, faculties responsible for specific combined degree programs may require more than 138 total credits to satisfy the unique characteristics of differing disciplines. Combined degree programs may not, however, require additional baccalaureate major credits that exceed current credit limitations for majors.
- Because of the wide range of total credits required in professional master's degrees (30-63), total credit-hour requirements for combined baccalaureate-professional master's degree programs can be approved on a range from 138 to 175 credits.
- Exceptions to the program minima stated in sections 3 and 4 may be approved by the Graduate Academic Council and/or Undergraduate Academic Council.
- All combined degree programs must be approved by both the Graduate Academic Council and Undergraduate Academic Council. Programs will be monitored under procedures jointly established by both academic councils.
Admissions and Administrative Procedures
- Students may be admitted to an integrated degree program at the beginning of their junior year, or after the successful completion of 56 credits. A GPA of 3.2 or higher and three supportive letters of recommendation from faculty are required.
- Students are considered undergraduates until they have accumulated 120 credits, satisfied all degree requirements and been awarded the baccalaureate degree. However, although students who have failed to satisfy “all degree requirements” will not be granted the baccalaureate degree until all undergraduate requirements are met, please be aware that for determining such matters as whether students pay undergraduate or graduate tuition, the following policy applies: Although admitted to an integrated degree program, a student will be considered as an undergraduate student for the purposes of tuition billing, financial aid, and enrollment identification until qualified to receive the bachelor's degree or until enrolled in the 13th credit of graduate coursework. Once a student is qualified to receive the bachelor's degree or enrolls in the 13th credit of graduate course work, the student will be considered a graduate student for tuition billing, financial aid and enrollment identification, and will be eligible for graduate assistantships, fellowships, and loans.
Students’ progress through the combined program will be reviewed in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education to ensure timely completion of the undergraduate degree. Academic advisors of bachelor’s-master’s programs and students themselves should also attend to course enrollment choices that lead to timely completion of undergraduate requirements. Students interested in further information regarding the combined programs should contact the appropriate program’s department chair.
- A student who enters a second bachelor’s program and then subsequently applies and gains admission to a combined second bachelor’s/master’s program will be considered as an undergraduate student for the purposes of tuition billing, financial aid, and enrollment identification until completion of 12 credits of graduate course work or qualified to receive the second bachelor’s degree. Once a student is qualified to receive the second bachelor's degree or enrolls in the 13th credit of graduate course work, the student will be considered a graduate student for tuition billing, financial aid and enrollment identification, and will be eligible for graduate assistantships, fellowships, and loans.