Save time and money, while becoming more competitive in the job market, with a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree.
Open only to current UF, non-business undergraduate students, the combined option option allows students to begin graduate coursework while still an undergraduate, helping them stand out among their peers and be more competitive in the job market after graduation while saving time and money.
University of Florida undergraduate students can often graduate with their Master of Science in Management in less than one extra year, sometimes as little as one extra semester. Students can apply 12 credits of graduate coursework to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees, saving time and tuition money. If students complete the maximum of 21 credits while they are undergraduate students, they would only need to complete nine additional credits to earn their master’s degree.
Leaving Warrington with an undergraduate degree already makes students stand out when searching for a job. Having a master’s degree gives you one more impressive piece to showcase to recruiters.
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).
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!
Double Counting Courses
How does it work?
The Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s 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 is 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’s/Master’s Planning Form. Here are some example timelines: