Combined Bachelor and Masters Program

Program Overview

The combined Bachelors-Masters provides a pathway for eligible, highly qualified Miami undergraduate students to concurrently pursue a Baccalaureate and a Master's degree. Also referred to as a 4+1, students who combine their undergraduate and graduate program interests may graduate in five years by combining their programs of study. If pursued separately, these degrees may take 6 years to complete.  

The Educational Psychology combined master’s degree program offers a customizable course of study in areas related to Family Science, Psychology and Educational Psychology. Students in the program are allowed to double-count 9 hours of graduate coursework toward their undergraduate degree. They may count the graduate courses toward their major, minor, electives, and university requirements.

Four Plus One Pathways

New For Fall 2021!

Bachelors of Arts: Psychology and Master of Education in Educational Psychology

Concentration: Learning Sciences

The five-year, combined degree program assembles course work from the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (B.A.) with the terminal Masters of Education in Educational Psychology (M.Ed.). This program allows for the completion of both programs, what would typically take about six years of study, into five or fewer years.

Minors: Family Relationships or Child Studies and Youth Development

Concentration: Human Development & Family Studies

The five-year, combined degree program assembles course work from the Family Relationships or Child Studies and Youth Development minors with the terminal Masters of Education in Educational Psychology (M.Ed.). This program allows for the completion of both programs, what would typically take about six years of study, into five or fewer years.

Bachelors of Science: Family Science and Master of Education in Educational Psychology

Concentration: Human Development & Family Studies

The five-year, combined degree program assembles course work from the Bachelor of Science in Family Science (B.S.) with the terminal Masters of Education in Educational Psychology (M.Ed.). This program allows for the completion of both programs, what would typically take about six years of study, into five or fewer years.

Why These Combinations?

Educational psychologists explore questions related to human learning in various contexts and across the lifespan. They are experts in the science behind how people learn. Educational psychologists influence what we know about educational assessment, contexts for teaching & learning, instructional design, brain and human development.

Graduates may be well equipped for careers and continued education such as:

  • Compiling and analyzing research for social service agencies, nonprofits, or educational institutions
  • Ascending to upper professional career opportunities and leadership positions in the family and social work arena
  • Becoming clinical research coordinators, organizational trainers or educational consultants
  • Pursuing doctoral degrees in educational or other areas of psychology, family science, or related fields

Admission Information

Applicants must be undergraduate Family Science majors, Psychology majors, or Family Relationships or Child Studies and Youth Development minorsStudents should apply for full admission by the end of the first semester-junior year. Students in their senior year may also apply. Students may officially apply for full admission upon earning a minimum of 64 credit hours and having a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or greater. Students may apply and be conditionally admitted if they have completed 64 credit hours and earned a 3.0 minimum GPA.

Students apply via Miami University’s Graduate School application. All application materials will be uploaded via the Graduate School's application portal.

  • Indicate in the online application system that you are applying for a combined degree program
  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted
  • A one to two page resume with relevant work and academic experience
  • Three professional letters of reference from faculty or other persons who can provide information about your potential for graduate study and your interpersonal skills
  • A personal statement of at least 500 words indicating one's academic interests, professional goals and reasons for selecting the graduate program

Notification of acceptance is usually within a few weeks of receiving a completed application.

Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 145 credit hours.

    • Complete all undergraduate degree requirements

    • 30 graduate level credit hours to earn the graduate degree

      • 9 hours of graduate coursework may be double counted toward the bachelor's degree

  • Students complete a comprehensive project in an area of interest

More Information

Assistantships are not regularly available to students pursuing the master’s degree in this combined degree program. Regular time-limits for completing the master’s degree apply to students in a combined program. Email us with questions regarding the application or program requirements. Contact your undergraduate advisor for academic advising questions.