HOW A COMBINED DEGREE WORKS

How It Works:

  • UF CJC Online graduate-level courses will replace your professional elective credits and count towards your undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.
  • You’ll be able to take up to four graduate level courses as an undergraduate student and have just a year left of your master’s degree!
  • Once you are halfway through the courses as an undergraduate student, then you’ll have to take the GRE and apply to the master’s program.

How to Get Started:

  • Fill out the UF CJC Online Combined Degree Interest form and get it signed by your undergraduate adviser.
  • Once you have done so, feel free to make an appointment with our Enrollment Coordinator so you can discuss your next steps.

Application Process for UF CJC Online Combined Degrees:

  1. Fill out the Combined Degree Interest Form.
  2. Meet with your undergraduate advisor to make sure you are eligible for our program. Once he/she determines your eligibility, get your advisor to sign off on your form.
  3. Meet with the UF CJC Online Enrollment Coordinator by making an appointment at calendly.com/distancesupport to further discuss the program in detail and fill out your Program Plan.
  4. Fill out the Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Request Form and complete the Statement of Goals*.
  5. Meet with your Department Chair and ask him/her to sign your completed combined degree form.
  6. Meet with the UF CJC Online Enrollment Coordinator again to obtain a signature from the Graduate Director and to sign the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

*The Statement of Goals is 300 words describing your purpose for pursuing the Combined Degree. Questions to guide you as you write your statement include:

  • Why did you decide to pursue a combined degree?
  • What do you hope to accomplish both during and after you have completed the combined degree?
  • What interests you about the given field of study?
  • Which master’s program do you intend to apply to upon completing your undergraduate degree?
  • What are your career goals and how will this combined degree help you achieve them?

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Qualify for a Combined Degree?

To qualify for the UF CJC Online Combined Degree program, you must:

  • Be designated as a junior or senior student at the University of Florida
  • Have at least 6 available professional elective credits available
  • Plan to take the GRE and apply to the master’s program
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Write a brief Statement of Goals

How Do I Apply?

  1. To apply for the UF CJC Online Combined Degree program, you must first fill out a UF CJC Online Combined Degree Interest form and have it signed by your undergraduate advisor.
  2. Once signed, you will need to make an appointment with the Enrollment Coordinator to discuss next steps.

How Do I Stay Enrolled?

Students must receive a grade of B or higher in each course and maintain their UF GPA of at least a 3.0. If at any point, you feel stressed or overwhelmed, please reach out to your graduate advisor.

What Financial Considerations Are There?

There are a number of financial considerations you should keep in mind. You 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.

What Are the Advantages of Our Combined Degrees?

  • Qualified students can obtain an undergraduate and a graduate degree in much less time than two separate degrees.
  • The cost of both degrees is reduced since at least 12 credits apply toward both degrees.
  • You have time to decide whether to pursue further graduate or professional study.
  • Your marketability is greatly enhanced; many professions now require a master’s degree for entry-level positions.

At what point in the undergraduate program should I apply?

 You can apply as early as the second semester of your sophomore year or as late as your senior year. However, we recommend planning ahead with your Enrollment Coordinator since you’ll need available credits in order to be a part of the program.

At what point do I enroll in graduate courses?

If approved, you can take graduate courses during your junior and senior years.

What is required for approval?

As an undergraduate applying for entry into a combined-degree program you must have a minimum cumulative 3.0 UF GPA and have completed all critical-tracking requirements to enroll in graduate coursework while you are completing your undergraduate degree. Once you apply for admission to the Graduate School, however, you must meet the minimum cumulative GPA requirement and GRE score the master’s program requires.

What is required so that my graduate coursework can also count toward my master’s degree?

To apply the graduate credit to both degrees, you must be admitted to the Graduate School and receive a grade of B or higher in each course.

What about my financial aid?

Bright Futures and/or the Florida Prepaid Tuition Program will pay the undergraduate tuition rate for the graduate courses you take; you will have to pay the difference between undergraduate and graduate course costs.

Why would I want to pay additional tuition to enroll in graduate courses?

If you continue to graduate school, you will save on the tuition costs for the graduate credits you take while you are still classified as an undergraduate. Remember that graduate course costs will be partially paid by your undergraduate financial aid.

How do I register for these graduate classes?

Graduate-level registration is a slightly different process than undergraduate registration at UF. Instead of registering yourself for classes, your dedicated graduate advisor will contact you before the semester begins to register you for the course(s).

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