Combined Program Information

The combined bachelors-masters program allows highly qualified students to simultaneously pursue both a bachelors and masters degree.  There are 22 masters programs that can be completed in the combined format.  Students considering the combined option should seek advising from the graduate director of their program of interest as soon as possible.  The combined program requires planning and preparation.

Admission Requirements: Students can declare their interest in the combined program anytime during their academic career at Miami, from the time they apply for undergraduate admission.  Upon earning a minimum of 64 hours and having a GPA of 3.25 or greater, students may apply to a combined program by completing the Graduate School application and submitting materials as required by the program to which they are applying.   Standard application and admission procedures shall be used.  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: Departments or programs with a combined degree may allow students to double-count up to 12 hours of graduate course work toward their undergraduate degree.  With permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s), these students may count the graduate courses toward their major, minor, electives, and university requirements.  A minimum of 150 hours is required for the combined program; a minimum of 120 semester hours for the bachelor's degree and a minimum of 30 hours of graduate work (500 level and above) for a master's 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 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 as indicated in 3 above.  Undergraduate hours cannot count toward the graduate degree.