Combined Bachelors/M.S.

This program allows students at Miami to work toward a master's degree concurrently with their undergraduate degree. The combined program is intended to take 5 years, instead of the 6 (or more) usually required to obtain a graduate degree. The M.S. degree is intended for students interested in careers in industrial R&D labs or teaching, or those wishing to strengthen applications for further graduate study.

Program Description

Obtaining a MS in Chemistry prepares individuals to pursue technical careers in Research and Development. Learning outcomes for students in our MS programs include demonstrated proficiency in the main disciplines of chemistry and biochemistry, in addition to specialized in-depth knowledge in at least one of the areas. The MS degree includes a combination of laboratory and literature research that is designed to meet the goals of the individual student. Some credits can be taken at the graduate level and double counted toward the bachelors degree, as specified by the Graduate School Handbook.

Undergraduate Preparation

Students must have passed one semester of (Bio)Physical Chemistry (CHM 451 or CHM 471) and be enrolled in the second semester (CHM 452 or CHM 472). If the student intends to complete a thesis, the student must have initiated undergraduate research and have support of undergraduate research mentor. This takes careful planning, so please contact your advisor as soon as possible if you are considering the combined degree program.

Declaration of Interest

Students may declare their interest in enrolling in a combined program anytime during their academic career at Miami, from the time they are admitted for an undergraduate degree.

Full Admission

Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater, students may apply for admission to the combined program. Regular time-limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined program (see the Graduate School Handbook for more information). Students may be part time.

Application Procedures

If you are interested in the Bachelor's/M.S. program, you should speak to a departmental advisor as soon as possible. Then, complete the Graduate School online application and pay the $50 application fee. Be sure to check “combined program.” Three letters of recommendation from faculty members must be submitted, including one from the research mentor if the student intends to complete a thesis. The student must also submit a Plan of Study that details how they will complete the requirements for the degree.

Student Classification and Graduation

Students in a combined program will remain as undergraduates until they apply for graduation or submit a request to the Graduate School to have their classification changed from undergraduate to graduate. Students must have completed a minimum of 128 hours to be classified as a graduate student (note: this change in classification will affect eligibility for financial aid). Students may receive their bachelor’s degree prior to completing their master’s degree. Upon receiving the bachelor’s degree, students will automatically be classified as graduate students. Students receiving the bachelor’s degree prior to completing the master’s degree can count up to 9 hours of graduate course work toward their bachelor’s degree with permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s). Those hours can also count toward the completion of their master’s degree. A minimum of 150 hours is required for the combined program; 120 semester hour minimum for a bachelor's degree and 30 hour minimum for a master's degree.