Qualified students are invited to apply for admission into the Bachelor-Master’s Program in their department during the first semester of the junior year. After the department has reviewed the applicant’s credentials, the names of those formally accepted into the five-year program (typically no more than five) are sent to the Graduate Dean’s Office.
Double-Counted Courses For Undergraduate and Graduate Credit
Undergraduates accepted into a Bachelor/Master’s five-year program typically enroll in three graduate courses in their senior year. Before enrolling in graduate courses as an undergraduate, a "Permission to Enter a Graduate Course" card (gold card) must be signed by the department, Undergraduate Dean's Office and forwarded to the Graduate Dean’s Office for approval and submission to the Registrar. Typically, those three graduate courses taken as a senior are counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. Up to nine hours or nine credits of graduate courses taken by undergraduates may count for both the bachelor’s degree and the master’s degree, whether or not a student is formally enrolled in a five year bachelor’s-master’s program. Any additional graduate courses taken while an undergraduate will count toward the undergraduate requirements and will be included in the student’s undergraduate record, but will not be allowed to “transfer” or count toward a subsequent graduate degree. (Exceptions to this policy have been approved for certain five-year programs.) In order to count for graduate credit, the student must earn at least a B in the graduate course. (See Undergraduates in Graduate Courses)
Change of Status from Undergraduate to Graduate Student
When the student enters the last semester of senior year, it is not necessary for the student to submit a graduate application form to the Graduate Studies Office, but the Program Department must send Graduate Studies the Five-Year Undergraduate/Graduate Program Information Form, listing the graduate courses taken as an undergraduate (provided they are graded a “B” or better) which are to be applied toward their graduate program. This should be accompanied by a copy of the student’s undergraduate academic audit. The student will then receive a modified acceptance letter indicating their formal admission into their respective graduate program. This letter will request a copy of the final official transcript. When the final transcript is received and reviewed, the transfer of credit form will be forwarded to the Registrar in order for the graduate courses taken as an undergraduate to be applied toward the master’s degree.
For students accepted into five-year programs during academic year 2009- 2010 and beyond, in most cases, the tuition for the last two courses is covered by the University*. After students have registered for their final semester of graduate courses, they must report to the Office of Graduate Studies to complete a tuition remission form. This form will be approved by the Dean and forwarded to the Bursar's Office to make the appropriate adjustment to the student's account.
*For some programs, one course is covered, and for a few programs, no final courses are covered. Please check with your individual Program Director for details.