Combined Bachelors-Masters Programs

Participating students in the Honors College are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to extend their studies by enrolling in one of Miami’s combined Bachelors-Masters programs. These unique programs allow highly qualified students to simultaneously pursue a Baccalaureate and Master's degree. Provided that they meet the entrance requirements for their program of interest, and are currently classified as being in Good Academic Standing in the Honors College, students are encouraged to seek advising from the graduate director of their program of interest as soon as possible since combined programs requires planning and preparation.

Admission Requirements 

  • Students can declare their interest in the combined program anytime during their academic career at Miami.
  • Upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and a 3.00 cumulative GPA, students may apply to a combined program by completing the Graduate School application and submitting required materials. 
  • Standard application and admission procedures apply.
  • Regular time-limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined program.

Double Counting Graduate Hours

A minimum of 145 credit hours to receive a combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees; a minimum of 115 semester hours earned toward graduation is required for the bachelor's degree and 30 credit hour minimum for a master's degree. Miami’s undergraduate degree programs require 124 hours or more to graduate; view a list of all bachelor degree programs.

Departments or programs with a combined degree option may allow students to double-count up to 9 hours of graduate course work toward their undergraduate degree. With permission of the appropriate advisor(s) and dean(s) or their designee(s), these students may count the graduate courses toward their major, minor, electives, and university requirements. 

Please note that a graduate level research project and/or thesis can be used to fulfill the Honors senior project requirement. 

Student Classification and Graduation

Students in a combined program will remain undergraduates until they apply for graduation or submit a request to the Graduate School to have their classification changed from undergraduate to graduate. 

Students must have completed a minimum of 124 or 128 hours (number of credit hours based on catalog year; undergraduate and graduate credit hours) to be classified as a graduate student. 

Students may receive their Bachelor's degree prior to completing their Master’s degree. 

Upon receiving the Bachelor's degree, students will automatically be classified as graduate level students. 

Students receiving the Bachelor's degree prior to completing the Master’s degree can count up to nine (9) hours of graduate course work toward their Bachelor's degree. Those hours can also count toward the completion of their master’s degree. Undergraduate hours cannot count toward the graduate degree.