Students with a high school GPA of 3.5 and a combined verbal and math SAT score of 1200 are eligible for this program. Those entering the program must be attending full time and maintain a 3.0 GPA. Interested students may also meet with the graduate director to determine eligibility.
The graduate program director sends the student a letter of acceptance into the dual-degree program before the April preregistration period. A copy of this letter is sent to the Office of Admissions, to the Office of the Registrar, and to the associate dean for graduate studies.
During preregistration advising on the student's senior year schedule, using a special permission number, the student is registered for ONE graduate course in fall of the senior year. This course is taken along with his or her regular undergraduate courses. The undergraduate tuition rate is charged for it, and the credits are double-counted (i.e., they are part of the 120 credits required for the bachelor of arts [B.A.] or bachelor of science [B.S.] degrees and are also counted toward the master of arts [M.A.] or master of science [M.S.] degrees).
Five-Year B.A./M.A. Program in Childhood Studies Program Time Line
|12 credits||15 credits|
|Enroll in Introduction to Childhood Studies (3)|
|15 credits||15 credits|
|15 credits||15 credits|
|15 credits||Senior Seminar in Childhood Studies (3 undergraduate credits)|
|9 graduate credits (at undergraduate tuition rate), 6 of which will be double-counted for the B.A. and M.A.|
|Summer||May commencement: 3 graduate credits||Bachelor's degree awarded|
|9 graduate credits||9 graduate credits|
|May commencement||Master's degree awarded|
Fall/Senior Year: Following the registration procedure described above, the student is registered for ONE graduate course to be taken in the spring semester of the senior year.
1. The student formally applies to the graduate school, following all normal procedures.
2. The student is awarded the baccalaureate degree.
Having been formally admitted to the graduate school, the student may begin taking courses in either the summer or the fall after graduation. Upon entering graduate school, the student will already have completed two of the courses required for the master's degree. He or she will also have saved approximately $3,200 in graduate tuition.
1. No student may take more than TWO graduate courses while an undergraduate student (exception: bachelor of arts/master of public administration [B.A./M.P.A.] program).
2. No student will be classified as a graduate student and coded school 56 until the baccalaureate degree has been awarded.
Questions about this option should be directed to the appropriate graduate program director.