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Section 8.1 of the Graduate School Handbook
Students in combined programs are enrolled concurrently in the Graduate School and in either a professional or undergraduate college or school. The purpose of combined programs is to give outstanding students an opportunity to pursue simultaneously two degrees in different colleges or schools by reducing the amount of time required to complete both sets of degree requirements.
The following professional colleges and schools offer combined programs with the Graduate School:
- Veterinary Medicine
The following undergraduate colleges and schools offer combined programs with the Graduate School:
- Arts and Sciences
- Environment and Natural Resources
- Public Health
Admission. Students enrolled in combined programs are admitted by the Graduate School, the Graduate Studies Committee, and the professional or undergraduate college or school. The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions receives application material, determines when the application is complete, calculates the official GPA, and notifies the applicant of the admission decision.
Criteria. To be admitted as a graduate student in a combined program, the applicant must submit documentation that demonstrates satisfactory fulfillment of the following admission criteria:
- completion of a minimum of 90 undergraduate credit hours, for those enrolling in an undergraduate/graduate combined program
- a minimum of 3.5 cumulative point-hour ratio in all previous undergraduate work for those enrolling in an undergraduate/graduate combined program (including credit hours from other institutions)
- an earned baccalaureate or its equivalent or completion of the first year of a professional program for those enrolling in a professional/graduate combined program
- a minimum of 3.5 cumulative point-hour ratio in all previous undergraduate work for those enrolling in a professional/graduate combined program who hold a completed bachelor’s degree and have not completed one year in the professional program. Students who have completed one year in their professional program must be in good academic standing, admitted to the Graduate School without conditions, and approved by the professional college dean, director, or chair
- prerequisite training that will enable the student to pursue the graduate degree program selected
Students may not be admitted to the undergraduate/graduate or the professional/graduate combined program in conditional or graduate non-degree status.
Credentials. Applicants must submit the same credentials required of other Graduate School applicants.
Procedures. Applicants must consult the appropriate professional or undergraduate college or school about admission requirements and procedures for its combined program students. The procedures outlined in
Advisor. At the time of admission, a Graduate Faculty member is appointed to advise the student. The graduate advisor may be the same as the professional or undergraduate advisor
Monitoring Progress. The Graduate Studies Committee and the student’s graduate advisor are responsible for monitoring progress toward the graduate degree. A statement describing the student’s goals, objectives, and general plan for completing both degrees must be submitted to the Graduate School by the end of the first semester or session of enrollment in the combined program.
Course Load. The number of credit hours a combined program student attempts each semester or term is determined by the student and the advisor(s) and must be consistent with the course loads described in
Schedule Approval. The student may access the University Registrar’s website to obtain information about online registration. The student consults with the advisor(s) about course selection.
Withdrawal. Students who are denied further registration in or who withdraw from the graduate portion of their combined program may either retain their graduate credit in the Graduate School should they reenroll at a later time or transfer that graduate credit earned to the other degree program, subject to the rules of the other college or school.
Course Credit. The student’s advisor(s) must designate the courses to be completed for graduate credit only, the courses to be completed for undergraduate or professional credit only, and the courses counted for credit in both programs and communicate that information to the Graduate School.
Cumulative Point-Hour Ratio. Students enrolled in combined programs have two cumulative point-hour ratios, one including all credit counted toward the graduate degree and one including all credit counted toward the professional or undergraduate degree.
Academic Standards. The academic standards stated in
Master’s and Doctoral Degree Requirements. A student pursuing a combined program must submit the Application to Graduate form to the Graduate School no later than the third Friday of the semester (or third Friday of summer term) in which graduation is expected. All master’s and doctoral degree requirements apply to students enrolled in combined programs.
Graduate Associates. Students enrolled in professional/graduate combined programs may hold graduate associate appointments provided all eligibility criteria are met. Students enrolled in a bachelor’s/master’s combined program may hold GA appointments that do not involve teaching of other students provided all other eligibility criteria are met.