Combined Bachelor's/Master's Pathways, Direct-Entry Pathways

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Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Pathways- Combined bachelor’s/master’s pathways provide academically talented undergraduate students an opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Upon approval, a combined bachelor’s/master’s pathway allows for up to 12 graduate hours to be shared with, or double-counted toward, an undergraduate degree program. A student enrolled in a combined pathway will earn the baccalaureate degree upon completion of the undergraduate program and master’s degree upon completion of the graduate program. 

Direct-Entry Pathways- Direct-Entry Pathways are a type of combined pathway structured such that the curricula for two academic degrees are interwoven. Students are admitted to the bachelor’s degree program with the understanding that they are expected to complete both degrees, the entire interwoven undergraduate-to-graduate curriculum. 

Shared-Credits- “Shared credits” refers to the use of a limited number of credit hours toward the requirements of two separate degree programs.  The principle of shared credits allows the student to earn two degrees for fewer total credit hours than would normally be required if both academic degree programs were taken independently.  Academic programs must provide strong academic justification for the use of shared hours between the two degrees involved in the pathway that explains how program integrity is maintained or enhanced.  


The Way It Works

Qualified students interested in pursuing a Combined Bachelor's/Master's or Direct-Entry Pathway should contact the respective department/unit associated with the pathway for more information regarding specific admissions criteria and program requirements. FSU students normally apply to participate in a Combined Bachelor's/Master's Pathway in their junior or senior year as an undergraduate, but may apply as early as the second semester of their sophomore year.


Developing a Combined Bachelor's/Master's or Direct-Entry Pathway?

Faculty interested in developing a new combined pathway should contact Jennifer Buchanan in the Office of Faculty Development and Advancement


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