For research master’s programs (M.A. or M.S.) in the School of Arts and Sciences, submatriculants obtain both the bachelor’s and the master's degree simultaneously, with the master’s level work continuous with the undergraduate major, which it extends and intensifies. For a student submatriculating into a professional master’s program, the coursework will extend beyond the baccalaureate career. At that point, tuition is billed at the graduate school rate, and the student is no longer eligible for undergraduate financial aid. In both cases, the total number of years normally required to complete the undergraduate and graduate degrees is condensed. Students are advised to complete at least one graduate level course in their intended program before applying. In addition, students should speak with the Graduate Chair or Director of the intended graduate program.

Those likely to pursue a Ph.D. are strongly encouraged to apply to the doctoral program rather than pursuing a submatriculated master’s. Note that some doctoral research funding agencies may actually disqualify a student from receiving certain kinds of support because of the student's advanced standing.

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