The submatriculation program allows students in the College to obtain both a baccalaureate degree and a master's degree simultaneously, thereby condensing the total number of years normally required to complete the undergraduate and graduate degrees combined. Students are advised to complete at least one graduate level course in their intended program before applying. In addition, students should speak with the intended graduate program’s chair or director.

Most Ph.D programs require a minimum of 12 courses beyond a masters program, giving students with a master degree advanced standing for eight (8) graduate courses. However, some schools and programs may have different rules governing coursework taken in a submatriculation program. As well, some doctoral research funding agencies may actually disqualify students for receiving certain kinds of support based on the students’ advanced standing. If you are likely to pursue a Ph.D., where appropriate, we strongly encourage you to apply directly for the doctoral program rather than pursuing a submatriculated masters.

College students may submatriculate into many graduate programs in:

  • School of Dental Medicine (Students must apply to the Bio-Dental submatriculation program as incoming freshman and matriculate into the College with a major in biology. They are eligible to submatriculate into the School of Dental Medicine after the third year if they complete specified College requirements and meet the admissions standards of the Dental School.)