Combined Bachelor/Master Option for UF Undergraduates

January, June, and August start dates available.

Current University of Florida students admitted to the Combined option can begin graduate coursework while still an undergraduate with the approval of their undergraduate department. Students can apply 12 credits of graduate coursework to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees, saving time and tuition money. Students may take an additional 9 credit hours to count only to their M.S. while still an undergraduate.

Benefits

Cost Benefits

Most undergraduate scholarships will cover a portion of your graduate tuition while you are still an undergraduate. Students must compensate for the difference between the undergraduate and graduate tuition rates.

Example of savings:

  • $2553 savings for 12 undergraduate credits (12 X $105) not taken because they were substituted with grad business courses (based on Fall 2017 tuition).
  • $2163 savings by applying FL Bright Futures to 21 graduate business credits ($105 X 21).

Time Benefits

As a combined student, you could potentially earn your Master's degree in the semester following after earning your Bachelor's. If students complete the maximum of 21 credits while they are undergraduate students, they would only need to complete 11 additional credits to earn their M.S. degree!

Application

Admission & Application

Admission to the combined option is more selective and is considered a “honors” path for high-performing University of Florida students. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

Combined Specific Requirements

  • 3.2 cumulative UF GPA (listed on top of transcript)
  • Completed 90 credit hours, including AP, IB and dual enrollment, before beginning the program.

Application Deadlines

Start term Complete file deadline (tests must be taken on or before the deadline) Applicant can expect response by:
Spring (January)
Early Deadline Aug 1 Sep 1
Final Deadline Oct 1 Nov 15
Summer B (late June)
Early Deadline Jan 15 Feb 15
Final Deadline Apr 15 May 15
Fall (late August)
Early Deadline 1 Jan 15 Mar 1
Early Deadline 2 Apr 15 May 15
Final Deadline Jun 1 Jul 1

The only difference between the “Early” and “Final” deadlines is the date the decision letter is sent. There is no difference in the way applications are reviewed for each deadline.

Admitted applicants will be asked to accept their admission offer within two weeks of receiving their offer letter.

Important Dates for Admitted Students

When applying to start a specific term, keep vacation/travel plans and other obligations in mind since orientation is mandatory. You may need to consider a different start date.

  • Spring:
    • Classes start – January 8, 2018
    • Mandatory orientation - January 5-6, 2018
  • Summer B:
    • Classes start – July 2, 2018
    • Mandatory orientation - June 29-30, 2018 (tentative)
  • Fall:
    • Classes start – August 20, 2018
    • Mandatory orientation - August 15-17, 2018

*Orientation dates are subject to change

Application Requirements

After you complete the Combined Application Notice, you will receive detailed application instructions. Email (msm at warrington.ufl.edu) if you have any questions.

Application materials be can submitted:

  • By email (msm at warrington.ufl.edu) (preferred)
  • By mail: MSM Program, 1384 Union Rd, Bryan Hall 125, P.O. Box 117164, Gainesville, FL 32611
  • In-person: Hough Hall 220
  • Combined Application Notice

    Please complete the Combined Application Notice form online.

  • Combined Bachelor/Master Planning Form

    Print this planning form and meet with your undergraduate academic advisors. Complete your portion of the form. The advisors must fill out the form and sign.

  • Statement of Purpose Essay

    The essay should be completed as part of the online application. Please emphasize:

    • Your motivations for applying to the program
    • Why you think you are a good candidate for the program
    • How the program fits into your future goals

    Use the essay as an opportunity to highlight what you think we cannot assess from the other application materials. Ideal length is between 400-600 words.

  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

    The résumé helps us get a complete picture of each applicant. Please elaborate on duties and responsibilities, as well as leadership activities and time commitments outside of the classroom. Résumé is not limited to one page.

  • Two Letters of Recommendation

    A minimum of two recommendations from someone who has supervised the applicant (professor, employer, adviser, volunteer coordinators, etc.) are required. Recommendations from student/peer leaders will not be accepted.

    Recommenders should submit letters directly to program in the following ways:

    • Email (msm at warrington.ufl.edu)
    • In Person: 220 Hough Hall
    • Mail: MSM Program/University of Florida, 1384 Union Rd, Bryan Hall 125, P.O. Box 117164, Gainesville, FL 32611
  • Official Transcripts

    UF undergraduates do NOT need to send copies of UF transcripts or those transcripts that are included in the UF transcript.

  • Official GRE/GMAT score

    We accept either GRE or GMAT test scores. We have no preference as to what test applicants choose to take. Test scores will be used as part of the holistic application review process.

    GMAT: A GMAT score between 550 - 620 is considered good. The minimum required score is a 465. We do not consider the writing or integrated reasoning sections.

    GRE: We consider a 302-308 (old scale: 1100-1200) a good score range; there is no UF mandated minimum GRE score. We do not consider the writing section.

Graduate Admission Requirements

(To be completed in your bachelor’s degree graduating term with your MSM advisor)

Admission to the Combined Option does not constitute admission to the UF Graduate School. To continue with the program after earning the Bachelor’s degree, combined students must meet the Graduate School’s admissions requirements. To be eligible for graduate admission, students must:

  • Earn a Bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Complete the online graduate admission application and pay the application fee by posted deadline
    • The graduate admission application should be completed AFTER the bachelor’s degree application has been submitted.
  • Have no conduct flags that disqualify them from graduate admission
  • Submit valid test scores that meet the program and Graduate School’s minimum requirement (note: test scores are only valid for 5 years)
  • Submit all required combined degree paperwork by posted deadlines
  • Earn at least a “B” or better in any graduate course in order for it to count toward their Master’s degree.

Note: All applicants will be required to submit the Information for Residency Classification when they apply to Graduate School. Learn more about Establishing Residency for Tuition Purposes.

Combined Process

Double Counting Courses

The Combined Bachelor/Master Option by definition means that a student is “double-counting” graduate coursework and the graduate courses are “substituting” for undergraduate coursework/credits. With their undergraduate major department’s approval, students wishing to double count courses to both their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees may use graduate courses to substitute for undergraduate requirements such as:

  • Major course elective
  • Major course substitution
  • Elective course outside of major
  • Credits toward 120 credit minimum
  • 3000+ above elective
  • Minor course elective

If there I no availability for graduate coursework to substitute for undergraduate courses, the student is still eligible to take a maximum of 15 credits of graduate coursework:

  • The 15 graduate credits will count only toward the Master’s degree
  • With undergraduate major department approval
  • Earn a grade of “B” or better in order to transfer the credits

Note: All graduate coursework grades will count toward the undergraduate GPA whether the courses area double-counting or not.

Each student accepted to the program will sit down with an advisor to develop a timeline of their courses based on the Combined Bachelor/Master Planning Form. Here are some example timelines:

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BRY 100
PO Box 117150
Gainesville, FL 32611-7150
Phone: 352.392.2397
Fax: 352.392.2086

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