Combined Programs

The combined Bachelors-Masters programs allows highly qualified students to simultaneously pursue a Baccalaureate and Master's degree. Students considering the combined option should seek advising from the graduate director of their program of interest as soon as possible since this program requires planning and preparation.

Admission Requirements

  • Students can declare their interest in the combined program anytime during their academic career at Miami.
  • Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and a 3.25 cumulative GPA, students may apply to a combined program by completing the Graduate School application and submitting required materials. 
  • Standard application and admission procedures apply.
  • Both full- and part-time students may participate in the combined program at a department’s discretion.  Regular time-limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined program.

Double Counting Graduate Hours

  • With permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s), departments or programs with a combined degree option may allow students to double-count up to 12 hours of graduate course work toward their undergraduate major, minor, electives, or university requirements.
  • A minimum total of 150 hours earned toward graduation is required by the State of Ohio to receive both a bachelors and masters. A minimum of 120 semester hours earned toward graduation is required for the bachelor's degree (may be undergraduate and graduate credit) and a minimum of 30 additional hours of graduate semester hours earned toward graduation is required (500 level or above) for a master's degree.
  • Based on each program’s required minimum number of hours, it may not be possible to double-count up to 12 hours. For example, if a student takes the minimum hours required for the bachelors degree (128 hours) and the minimum graduate hours required for the masters degree (30 hours), the student may only double count up to 8 hours of graduate credit toward their undergraduate degree.

Student Classification and Graduation

  • Students in a combined program will remain 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 (undergraduate and graduate hours combined). 
  • 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 level students. 
  • Students receiving the Bachelor's degree prior to completing the Master’s degree can count up to 12 hours of graduate course work toward their Bachelor's degree. Those hours can also count toward the completion of their master’s degree. Undergraduate hours cannot count toward the graduate degree.

Miami Tuition Promise and Graduate Coursework

Undergraduate students who either are enrolled in a combined Bachelor’s-Master’s degree program or have been granted Permission to Enroll in Graduate Courses may enroll in graduate-level coursework for designated degree programs offered on the Oxford campus at their guaranteed tuition rate until their Cohort period expires.

DESIGNATED DEGREE PROGRAMS
All graduate programs are eligible for undergraduate enrollment either in a combined Bachelor’s-Master’s program or with Permission To Enroll in Graduate Courses at the guaranteed Cohort rate with the exception of the following certificate or degree programs:

  •    Graduate Certificate in Analytics
  •    Professional MBA Program
  •    Educational Psychology International Cooperative Program (EPIC)
  •    Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing
  •    Project Dragonfly
  •    MAT in Biological Sciences
  •    MA in Biology (AIP, GFP tracks)
  •    Ohio Writing Project


Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree (Graduate Handbook 1.2.M)
The combined Bachelor’s-Master’s programs allow highly qualified students to simultaneously pursue a Baccalaureate and Master's degree. Students considering the combined degree option should seek advising from the graduate director of their program of interest as soon as possible since this program requires advance planning and preparation.

Admission Requirements
•    Students may declare their interest in a combined Bachelor’s-Master’s degree program anytime during their academic career at Miami.
•    Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and a 3.25 cumulative GPA, students may apply to a combined degree program by completing the Graduate School application and submitting required materials.
•    Standard application and admission procedures apply.
•    Both full- and part-time students may participate in the combined degree program at a department’s discretion.  Regular time-limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined degree program.

Counting Graduate Hours
The State of Ohio requires a minimum of 150 credit hours to receive a combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees; a minimum of 120 semester hours earned toward graduation is required for the bachelor's degree (may be a combination of undergraduate and graduate credit hours) and a minimum of 30 additional graduate semester hours earned toward graduation (500 level or above) for a master's degree. Miami’s undergraduate degree programs require 128 hours or more to graduate; a list of all bachelor degree programs can be viewed at: http://miamioh.edu/academics/majors-minors.
•    With the permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s), or their designee(s), departments or programs with a combined degree option may allow students to double-count credits, in excess of 120 hours, up to a maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate course work toward their undergraduate major, minor, electives, or university requirements and the master’s degree.
•    Based on each program’s required minimum number of hours, it may not be possible to double-count the full 12 credit hours. For example, if a student takes the minimum hours required for the bachelor’s degree (128 hours) and the minimum graduate hours required for the master’s degree (30 hours), the student may only double count up to 8 hours of graduate credit toward their undergraduate degree.

Student Classification and Graduation
•    Any student who is enrolled in a combined Bachelor’s-Master’s program and has completed their undergraduate degree requirements and whose Cohort period has expired will be classified as a graduate student.
•    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 level students.

Students receiving the Bachelor's degree prior to completing the Master’s degree may be able to count up to 12 hours of graduate course work toward their Bachelor's degree. Those hours may also be able to be counted toward the completion of their master’s degree. Undergraduate hours will not count toward the graduate degree.