Combined B.S. and Masters Program

Bachelors of Science: Family Science (66 credit hours) and Master of Education in Educational Psychology

Emphasis: Development, Learning, and Family Science (30 credit hours)

Program Description 

The five-year, combined degree program combines course work from the Bachelor of Science in Family Science (B.S.) with the terminal Masters of Education in Educational Psychology option in Human Development, Learning, and Family Studies (M.Ed.).

  • 9 hours of 500/600 level courses can be double counted toward the B.S. and M.Ed.
  • This combined program thus allows for the completion of both programs, what would typically take about six years of study, into five or fewer years.


Undergraduates must be Family Science majors.

Provision Admission:

Students can declare their interest in the combined program anytime during their academic career at Miami, from the time they apply for undergraduate admission.

Full Admission:

  • In order to ensure timely completion of the program, candidates should apply for full admission by the end of the first semester junior year, but students in their senior year may also apply.
  • At the time of application for full admission, candidates should have completed all Miami Plan foundation courses toward the B.S. degree.
  • Candidates may officially apply for full admission upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater.
  • To advance to the fifth (graduate) academic year, candidates must complete all requirements for the B.S. degree in Family Science by the end of the senior year, while maintaining an overall and cumulative GPA in Family Science of 3.25.

Application Process:

Prior to applying, prospective students must schedule an advising meeting with Dr. Katherine Kuvalanka ( and Dr. Joseph Schroer ( Students should complete the graduate application and submit three letters of recommendation, official Miami transcripts, and a statement of professional interest to the departments by March 1st. Contact the Department of Educational Psychology office in 201 McGuffey Hall for more information.

Assistantships are not available to students pursuing the master’s degree in this combined degree program. Part-time students will not be accepted to this program. Regular time-limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined program.