The University Scholars Program offers particularly gifted and highly motivated students the opportunity of integrating their undergraduate and graduate courses of study in a single continuous program culminating in both a baccalaureate and a master's or doctoral degree. The total number of hours for the combined program may be as many as 12 less than the total required for the bachelor's and the master's or doctoral degrees separately. The requirements for the bachelor's degree are unaffected. Application to the program should be submitted at the end of the student's junior year. Applicants should have completed at least 90 credit hours of work toward the bachelor's degree, or be eligible for senior standing in the semester they are admitted to the program. The master's program should be in the field of the undergraduate major (there are some exceptions made), and the undergraduate grade point average must be at least a 3.50 in the applicant's major field and 3.20 overall. Students should submit the University Scholars Program form, GRE scores and an online application to the Graduate School in their junior year.
The College of Public Health now offers an Accelerated Dual Degree, which allows high achieving students an opportunity to complete both the Bachelor of Public Health (BPH) and Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees in five, rather than six, years. Completion of this program will prepare students for careers in government public health, non-profit organizations, environmental or emergency preparedness organizations, or many other public health related fields. Graduates will also be well positioned for admission into professional programs such as medicine, pharmacy, physician assistant, physical therapy, and law.