Student-Initiated Combined Degree
The student-initiated combined degree program offers students the opportunity to combine undergraduate and graduate degree programs that meet their unique personal, academic, and career goals. Working with faculty advisors, students can combine degrees from different disciplines and tailor their own student-centered and goal-driven educational experience. Pursuing a combined degree program can reduce the cost and total time required to complete both a bachelor's and a masters degree.
Why pursue a Student-Initiated Combined Degree at Grand Valley?
- Accelerate your career trajectory and complete your degree one step ahead of the competition.
- Respond to emerging job markets.
- Take advantage of creative academic programming that is tailored to your specific goals.
- Meet the growing national need for more masters trained employees.
- Gain valuable internship and career opportunities through partnerships in the West Michigan area.
- Increase your marketability.
If interested, you should:
- Discuss your interest with your undergraduate advisor and the graduate program director to determine suitability;
- Complete a Student-Initiated Combined Degree request form;
- Seek approval from your undergraduate faculty advisor, the unit head of the undergraduate degree program, the graduate program director, and the dean of The Graduate School.
For More InformationStudent-Initiated Combined Degree Program
318C DeVos Center
401 W. Fulton Street
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Each program includes a unique curriculum that allows a student to count up to 12 graduate credit hours toward both their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. The undergraduate and graduate degree programs a student selects will determine the actual curriculum.
Working with faculty advisors, a student completes a plan of study that identifies the courses that will satisfy the degree requirements of both the undergraduate and graduate degrees. This plan will designate courses to be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
General program requirements follow the Bachelor/Graduate Combined Degree Policy and include at a minimum:
- Fulfillment of the requirements for both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs
- Completion of responsible conduct of research training
"This opportunity appealed to me because it was a great way to try graduate courses and become acclimated to graduate level studies. It also allowed me to get a whole semester ahead into my graduate program which also saved me money in the process."
POLITICAL SCIENCE UNDERGRADUATE, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION GRADUATE STUDENT