Combined Degree Programs
Developing a combined degree program?
The Way It Works
The combined bachelors/masters degree programs listed below provide academically talented students an opportunity to complete a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in a shorter time span. These programs allow students to double-count graduate courses for both degrees, thus reducing the time it would normally take.
Qualified students interested in a combined degree program outside their undergraduate major or department should contact an adviser in that department. FSU students normally apply to participate in a combined degree program in their junior or senior year, but may apply as early as the second semester of their sophomore year.
Students should contact the respective department/unit for more information regarding admissions and general combined degree program requirements.
Combined Graduate Degree Programs
The College of Education offers 3 different combined master's/specialist degree programs and the College of Fine Arts offers 1 combined master's/PhD degree program for exceptional students interested in pursuing both degrees.
- MS/EdS in Career Counseling
/ MS/EdS in Mental Health Counseling
- The combined specialist/master’s degree in Counseling and Human Systems is designed to prepare individuals for professional positions at various levels in elementary and secondary schools, junior colleges, institutions of higher education, or in a wide variety of mental health agencies (e.g., substance abuse, career counseling, adult and child counseling). The combined specialist/master’s degree includes a minimum of seventy-two semester hours. A supervised internship in an applied setting is also required. Students majoring in Counseling and Human Systems at the MS/EdS level select a specialization in Career Counseling and/or Mental Health Counseling. Each of these specializations are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and students are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination during the spring semester of their last year of study. Please note that this is a combined MS/EdS degree and as a result, the degrees cannot be completed separately.
- MS/EdS (with initial certification in DOE area 330- PK-12) in School Psychology
- School Psychology is offered as a separate major within Counseling and Human Systems as a specialist-level program with an integrated master’s degree leading to initial Florida certification in School Psychology. It prepares personnel to practice as school psychologists within educational as well as nontraditional settings. This major is a Florida DOE-approved Other School Personnel Preparation program in school psychology grades PK through 12 (DOE Certification Area 330). Please note that this is a combined MS/EdS degree and as a result, the degrees cannot be completed separately.
- MA/PhD in Art History
- This degree provides for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in art history (or a sufficient number of courses in the field) the opportunity to move through the Master of Arts and into doctoral level study at an accelerated pace. Those who hold the bachelor’s degree and wish to pursue doctoral-level work in the department first should apply for admission to the master’s program. Acceptance will be by invitation of the faculty, and will occur between the student’s third and fourth semester of master’s-level work. After nomination by the major professor, the entire faculty will vote on admittance. Under the requirements of the combined program, the master’s thesis will be replaced by a “qualifying paper,” which will demonstrate the student’s capacity for advanced research, writing, and argumentation. In all, this track requires a minimum of sixty semester hours of coursework, plus twenty-four semester hours of supervised dissertation research, that is a total of eighty-four semester hours.