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Integrated Baccalaureate and Master's Degree Programs - 2010-2011

Western Illinois University offers integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in:

Accountancy
Chemistry
Computer Science
Economics
Physics

These programs are administered by the respective academic department.

An integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program provides the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates to earn both degrees in five years. Typically, a baccalaureate degree requires four years to complete and a master’s degree requires an additional two years. However, the integrated degree programs are intended to be accomplished over a period of five years. In addition to earning both degrees a year early, the integrated programs may include additional opportunities to participate in a variety of experiential educational activities such as a master’s project or thesis.

The requirements for the baccalaureate and master’s components of the integrated program will remain the same as for the existing baccalaureate and master’s programs. However, some advanced coursework (referred to as bridge courses and will carry a “B” designator following the course number) completed while the student is at the baccalaureate level will also be used to satisfy requirements for the master’s degree.

All policies/regulations related to undergraduate or graduate degree programs apply to the integrated degree programs except as specifically differentiated.

Admission to Integrated Baccalaureate and Master’s Degree Programs

Undergraduate students may apply for admission to an integrated program after completing 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework of which a minimum of 30 semester hours must be at WIU. Integrated degree applicants must meet the cumulative grade point average and the grade point average for their major as specified by their integrated degree program. Admission must be granted by the School of Graduate Studies before a student will be allowed to enroll in graduate level courses.  Students may begin taking bridge courses after the completion of 90 semester hours.

Academic Requirements

Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 and a minimum of 3.25 grade point average in the major prior to enrolling in bridge courses.

The work required for the integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program must be completed within six consecutive calendar years from the time of first enrollment in courses which are part of the integrated program.

Upon completion of all requirements of the baccalaureate degree, such degree will be awarded.  Subsequently, after completing the requirements of the master’s degree (including the bridge courses), such degree will be awarded to the student.

Grades of A or B must be earned in courses taken with the “B” designator.

Students in this program are not eligible for assistantship positions until the baccalaureate degree has been conferred.