Combined Bachelor's–Master's Program

This program is for students interested in obtaining a combined Bachelor's and Master's degree.

This section describes the departmental protocol for handling applications for the combined program. None of the policies below can supersede those of the Graduate School.

1. Applications for the combined bachelor's-master's program should be made to the Graduate Admissions Committee. In addition to the credit hour requirement (64 hours) and the grade point average requirement (3.25) set by the Graduate School, the applicant should have completed at least one semester of (bio)physical chemistry (CHM 451 or 471) and be enrolled in a second semester. At the time of application, the applicant should be made aware that departmental policy precludes them from obtaining a doctoral degree in Chemistry at Miami.

2. The application should include a current transcript, a plan of study showing how the requirements of the degree can be fulfilled in a timely fashion and a statement from the proposed faculty mentor supporting the applicant. Applicants whose master's degree work is projected to extend into the sixth year after matriculation at Miami University do not meet the intent of the combined bachelor's–master's program.

  1. For students intending to pursue the thesis option, the application and the supporting statement must discuss the research progress of the applicant and how the thesis will be completed in a timely fashion.
  2. For students intending to pursue the non-thesis option, the application and the supporting statement must discuss the topics of advanced study that the student intends to pursue and how the report will be completed in a timely fashion.

3. Since the advanced undergraduate courses are the same as those used in the proficiency requirement, students admitted to the combined program need not take entrance exams. In addition, the Faculty Mentor interview process need not be carried out. Upon admission, the graduate committee should be named and the first year exam conducted within the first semester in the program, at which time the committee will provide input and approval of the plan of study.

4. The above guidelines do not preclude students with majors outside the department from being considered for the combined program with the master's in chemistry, but such applicants are subject to the same policies as undergraduate chemistry and biochemistry majors.

5. In general, participants in this program will not be considered for departmental support (i.e., through teaching or research assistantships).