Combined Programs

The combined Bachelor's-Master's degree program 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 3.00 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-time 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.

A minimum of 145 credit hours to receive a combined bachelor's and master's degrees; a minimum of 115 semester hours earned toward graduation is required for the bachelor's degree and 30 credit hour minimum 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.

Departments or programs with a combined degree option may allow students to double-count up to 9 hours of graduate coursework 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.

  • Students in a combined program will remain undergraduates until either:
    1. They complete all undergraduate degree requirements and receive their undergraduate degree, or
    2. They request the Graduate School change their status from undergraduate to graduate (the student must have completed a minimum of 124 or 128 total graduate and undergraduate credit hours, depending on their catalog year, to make this request). Once the student meets one of these two criteria, they will be classified as a graduate student.
  • Students must have graduate student status by the first day of the semester or term in which they receive their graduate degree (e.g., they must have graduate student status by the first day of spring semester if they will be receiving their graduate degree in May).*
  • Students may not receive both the undergraduate and graduate degrees on the same date (degrees are conferred four times per year (i.e., January, May, August, December), nor can they take all of their graduate credits with undergraduate status.*
  • Students receiving the Bachelor's degree prior to completing the Master’s degree can count up to 9 hours of graduate coursework 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.

*Students who were officially admitted to their combined graduate program prior to July 1, 2022, are exempt from this requirement.

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 3.00 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-time 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

A minimum of 145 credit hours to receive a combined bachelor's and master's degrees; a minimum of 115 semester hours earned toward graduation is required for the bachelor's degree and 30 credit hour minimum 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.

Departments or programs with a combined degree option may allow students to double-count up to 9 hours of graduate coursework 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.

Student Classification and Graduation

  • Students in a combined program will remain undergraduates until either:
    1. They complete all undergraduate degree requirements and receive their undergraduate degree, or
    2. They request the Graduate School change their status from undergraduate to graduate (the student must have completed a minimum of 124 or 128 total graduate and undergraduate credit hours, depending on their catalog year, to make this request). Once the student meets one of these two criteria, they will be classified as a graduate student.
  • Students must have graduate student status by the first day of the semester or term in which they receive their graduate degree (e.g., they must have graduate student status by the first day of spring semester if they will be receiving their graduate degree in May).*
  • Students may not receive both the undergraduate and graduate degrees on the same date (degrees are conferred four times per year (i.e., January, May, August, December), nor can they take all of their graduate credits with undergraduate status.*
  • Students receiving the Bachelor's degree prior to completing the Master’s degree can count up to 9 hours of graduate coursework 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.

*Students who were officially admitted to their combined graduate program prior to July 1, 2022, are exempt from this requirement.

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 8 semester Cohort period expires. Please note that taking graduate courses could affect eligibility for certain types of financial aid. For more information on the financial implications of enrollment in a combined program, please contact the OneStop.

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 certificate or degree programs that have program specific comprehensive tuition rates.

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 8 semester Cohort period expires. Please note that taking graduate courses could affect eligibility for certain types of financial aid. For more information on the financial implications of enrollment in a combined program, please contact the OneStop.

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 certificate or degree programs that have program specific comprehensive tuition rates.

Frequently Asked Combined Degree Questions

How do I apply for the Combined Bachelor's-Master's program?
There is a check box on the application to mark if you plan to apply for the combined Bachelor's-Master's program. For additional information on the combined Bachelor's-Master's 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.
How do I withdraw from the combined degree program?
Students in the Combined Degree program who want to withdrawal from the Master's program only and not the university, please email GradSchool@miamioh.edu with your request.