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Eligibility for Graduate Bridge Program

Section G.3 of the Graduate School Handbook

It is anticipated that the GBP program may benefit the sectors of student population who would typically not qualify for regular or conditional admit. Five general descriptions of applicants that might benefit from a bridge year are summarized below. (These categories are neither mutually exclusive nor exhaustive) —

  1. Exploring: Those with qualifications and interests in multiple fields and/or who have not been able to make application decisions in time to meet the Graduate School’s program deadlines.
  2. Re-Calibrating: Those developing specialized interests late in their under-graduate careers, especially those who want to enter programs with extensive pre- requisites that do not offer rolling admission.
  3. Life-Long Learning: Those returning to study who are years away from their last degree and thus may have neither academic records that fully reflect current abilities and interests nor referees who can speak convincingly to the necessary audience in the graduate-academic setting.
  4. Late Blooming: Those with an undergraduate grade point average that is skewed (cGPA less than 3.0) because of weak early performance that does not reflect the scholastic seriousness and achievements of the student or the later years of study;
  5. Challenges to Learning: Those students with special circumstances that may make it difficult to initially succeed in a rigorous graduate program. For instance, under-prepared intersectional students that may reflect a combination of low income and educational sectors, under-represented minorities, first generation graduates, students with disabilities, and/or international students with significant language barriers and Visa restraints who may benefit from the bridge program.

These categories of students may benefit from a year to nurture and develop their talent, but may not be fully served as non-degree students due to a desire for graduate status to enhance their career development.