An academic unit responsible for a specific existing undergraduate degree program and specific existing master’s degree program may develop a process that allows certain students in the undergraduate degree program to pursue the master’s degree on an accelerated schedule. These students register for a limited number of graduate courses in the last two (2) semesters of their undergraduate program with the understanding that graduate credits earned in these courses can be used to satisfy both bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements. The remaining requirements for the master’s degree are satisfied by the student in the semesters subsequent to the award of the bachelor’s degree. All requirements for both the bachelor’s degree and master’s degree must be met. In addition, the early start on the master’s degree requirements must not delay receipt of the bachelor’s degree beyond a nominal four-year schedule for that discipline. Students who work toward an accelerated master’s degree are subject to all academic performance requirements of the Graduate College, including cumulative GPA, program GPA, and individual course grade requirements.
Because it is critically important to maintain the high intellectual quality of a graduate program, the program is required to carefully consider the overall readiness of an undergraduate student when recommending that the student be allowed to pursue a master’s degree on an accelerated schedule. The process developed by the program for judging the overall readiness of a student must require that the student meet at least two GPA measures computed after the student completes 75 undergraduate credits toward the bachelor’s degree:
- An overall GPA of at least 3.0
- A GPA of at least 3.3 computed for undergraduate courses chosen by the graduate program because of their importance to the undergraduate and master’s degree programs.
In order to better judge the overall readiness of the student, a graduate program may require higher GPA measures than those indicated here, and may require that the student meet additional stipulations for eligibility. Meeting these eligibility requirements does not guarantee that a student will be permitted to pursue an accelerated master’s degree. As is the case with all graduate admission decisions, the Graduate Dean is responsible for making the final decision on whether or not an undergraduate student is permitted to work on a master’s degree on an accelerated schedule. Undergraduate students at other colleges and universities are not eligible to work on an accelerated master’s degree at Boise State University.