Combined Bachelor’s & Master’s Degree


The Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program in the School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) is designed for students who wish to pursue rigorous and accelerated study that will lead to both a Bachelor of Science and either a Master of Arts or Master of Science in areas of study for which there are degree programs at CAPS.

Admission Requirements
Eligibility Requirements

Eligibility requirements for the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program in the School of Continuing & Professional Studies include the following:

  • Admission to a Bachelor of Science degree program in CAPS
  • Completion of a minimum of 60 units toward the Bachelor of Science degree, including transfer credit, with a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade-point average. Only in exceptional cases will candidates be authorized to pursue the BS/Master’s Program after completing 84 units
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 units of undergraduate course work in CAPS, at least 9 of which must be advanced level (300- and 400-level courses), with a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade-point average
  • Completion of Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program Preliminary Authorization Request
  • Two academic writing samples, at least one of which must be research-based, to be submitted to CAPS.
  • Personal interview with the Director of Undergraduate Student Success and/or Associate Dean for Academics.
Application Requirements
Preliminary Authorization Request Form

Students who meet the eligibility requirements noted above should meet with their undergraduate advisor and complete the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Preliminary Authorization Request form.

Writing Samples and Personal Interview

Two academic writing samples, one of which must be research-based, and a personal interview are also required for preliminary authorization.

Applicants will be informed, following a review of their writing samples and personal interview, whether or not they have been authorized to pursue the Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Program and to register for graduate course work that will count toward both the undergraduate and appropriate master’s degree.

Students receiving this preliminary authorization are required to submit a graduate application during their final 30-36 units of undergraduate study, at which time their academic performance and potential for continued graduate study will be reevaluated. If approved, students will be formally admitted to a graduate program of study.

Program Requirements
  • Formal admission to the School of Continuing & Professional Studies
  • Completion of a minimum of 135 units of course work, undergraduate and graduate, including all residency requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree
  • Completion of all requirements in the student’s graduate program, including a final written project where required, and in accordance with all academic policies and procedures for undergraduate and graduate study in CAPS and/or the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences
  • A maximum of 15 to 18 units of graduate course work (depending on the specific MA program) at the 400 and 500 levels may count toward requirements for both the graduate degree and as unrestricted electives for the undergraduate degree.
  • Students must continue their master’s degree course work in the semester (fall or spring) immediately following completion of the bachelor’s degree. 

Student Success Navigators

Every CAPS student is paired with a Student Success Navigator at the time of admission to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • individual appointments with an experienced Student Success Navigator;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

Student Success Navigators are available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.