Why? The question is ‘Why not?!’
‘Combined degree programs allow students to get a head start on their graduate education by taking graduate courses throughout the junior and senior undergraduate years. In most programs, 12 credit hours of graduate work will also count toward an undergraduate degree, thus reducing the time it takes to get both degrees. Students should consult their department advisors to determine whether the department offers combined-degree programs and whether they qualify.
There are a number of financial considerations to keep in mind. Students are responsible for paying the difference between undergraduate and graduate tuitions. Florida Prepaid College Tuition Program participants will receive funding for the first 120 credit hours. The program will fund graduate courses taken toward the undergraduate degree at the undergraduate level. Financial aid may be available to assist with the graduate degree portion of the program.’
See the Combined Degree page for more information: UF Combined Degree Program
To discuss with the Graduate Coordinator to see if you qualify for the Combined Degree Program, please schedule a meeting with our Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Sheila Bosch firstname.lastname@example.org.
Freshman and Sophomore years
Your freshman and sophomore years remain the same, regardless if you are entertaining the notion of applying for the Combined Degree in order to shorten the length of time to reach your graduate degree or not. You would continue to PIN UP with your classmates in order to obtain a position in our upper division program.
During your junior year, you can apply to the Combined Degree program. If you plan on obtaining a Master of Interior Design degree, and if approved, this option allows you to start taking graduate level courses during your senior year that will be applicable to both your undergraduate and graduate degrees.
In order to qualify you must:
- Have a minimum cumulative 3.2 GPA
- Have completed all critical-tracking requirements
- Have a competitive GRE score (this can be taken prior to applying, or at the latest, your first semester of your senior year)
You can apply either during your junior or senior year.
You will be required to take the GRE your first semester of your senior year, if you have not yet taken it. During your final semester, you will formally apply to the Graduate School with all other applicants. You will have to graduate with your Bachelor Degree prior to starting graduate school, having maintained a minimum 3.2 GPA.
Upon acceptance to the Graduate School, the graduate school will ‘transfer’ the graduate credits to your graduate record (those that have a B or higher).