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Student-Initiated Combined Degree

Pursuing a combined degree program can reduce the cost and total time required to complete both a bachelor's and a master's 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.

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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 master's trained employees.
  • Gain valuable internship and career opportunities through partnerships in the West Michigan area.

Getting Started

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;
  • Begin the approval process with your undergraduate advisor.


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.

A plan of study is developed by the student and faculty advisors that satisfies all degree requirements. 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.

For More Information

The Graduate School

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"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."