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. 

  • 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.

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 124 hours or more to graduate; view a list of all bachelor degree programs.

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.

  • 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.

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

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 124 hours or more to graduate; view a list of all bachelor degree programs.

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

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.
  • For more information view the Graduate Handbook.

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

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.

  • 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.
  • For more information view the Graduate Handbook.

Exempted Miami Tuition Promise 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

Frequently Asked Combined Degree Questions

How do I apply for the Combined Bachelors/Masters program?
There is a check box on the application to mark if you plan to apply for the combined Bachelor/Masters program. For additional information on the combined Bachelors/Masters program, contact the department/program in which you wish to pursue a degree in or visit the Combined Degree webpage.
I am a current Miami University student. How do I get a PDF of my unofficial transcript to upload in my application?
Copy your unofficial transcript from BannerWeb, save to a word document, then as a PDF,  upload to the application. 
I have Miami University transcripts, do I still need to send them to the Graduate School?
As an applicant, you are required to upload your Miami transcript. However, you do not need to provide a final official Miami transcript after admission.