The following programs allow acceleration toward graduate study. These programs permit undergraduate students to study for and receive their master's degree while also studying for their bachelor's degree. Please see our Degree Programs Offered to view which degrees offer IGS and BS/MS Programs.
Integrated Graduate Studies (IGS)
The Integrated Graduate Studies Program (IGS) is intended for highly motivated undergraduate students who are candidates for the bachelor of arts (BA) and whose objective is a degree at the master’s or doctoral level. Qualified students may be admitted to graduate study for their senior year and pursue the simultaneous completion of requirements for both the master’s and bachelor’s degrees. The baccalaureate will normally be awarded upon completion of the requirements for both degrees, unless a student satisfies all BA requirements prior to completing the master’s degree requirements.
Students in the IGS Program are exempted from the 42-hour restriction imposed on BA candidates for work above the 100-level in a single department. However, the exemption is granted only upon completion of the master’s degree requirements. Eligibility requirements for participation in the Integrated Graduate Studies Program are:
- 90 semester hours earned of which the last 60 hours must have been in residence at Case Western Reserve University
- Completion of the SAGES General Education Requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and two semesters of physical education; students who have fulfilled all SAGES General Education Requirements except the Senior Capstone will be required to complete the capstone during their first year in the IGS program
- Completion of three quarters of the requirements for the major concentration, including three quarters of the courses required in the major department
- Formal admission to a master’s or doctoral program offered through the School of Graduate Studies
Upon admission to the program, IGS students register as students in the School of Graduate Studies and are subject to the policies, rules and regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. They may, however, continue to receive merit-based undergraduate scholarships and may continue to reside in undergraduate housing during what would normally be their senior year of undergraduate work. Additionally, students in the IGS program will pay Graduate Tuition Rates.
IGS applicants should consult Assistant Dean Gregory Harris in Undergraduate Studies.
Candidates for the BS in Nutrition
Admission to the Integrated BS/MS in Nutrition program is subject to the same process and requirements as admission to the Integrated Graduate Studies Program described above. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn the bachelor of science (BS) in Nutrition and the master of science (MS) in Nutrition.
The Integrated BS/MS Program is intended for highly motivated candidates for the bachelor of science (BS) in engineering, computer science, mathematics, natural sciences, or statistics who wish to pursue an advanced degree. Application to the BS/MS program must be made after completion of 75 semester hours of course work and prior to attaining senior status (completion of 90 semester hours). Generally, this means that a student will submit the application during his/her sixth semester of undergraduate course enrollment and will have no fewer than two semesters of remaining BS requirements to complete.
BS/MS applicants in the College of Arts and Sciences should consult Assistant Dean Gregory Harris in Undergraduate Studies. Applicants in Engineering or the School of Medicine should contact Assistant Dean Claudia Anderson in Undergraduate Studies.
A student admitted to the program may, in their senior year, take up to nine hours of graduate courses (400 level and above) that will count towards both BS and MS requirements. The courses to be doubled-counted must be specified at the time of application on the Planned Program of Study (PPOS). Any undergraduate coursework that is to be applied to the MS must be beyond that used to satisfy BS degree requirements and must conform to university, school, and department. Students may petition to transfer graduate course work taken prior to application to the BS/MS Program subject to the rules of the School of Graduate Studies. Additionally, students in the BS/MS program will pay Undergraduate Tuition Rates.
Students for whom the master’s project or thesis is a continuation and development of the senior project should register for Exxx 651 Thesis (or the appropriate project course) during the senior year and are expected to complete all other courses for the BS before enrolling in further MS course work and thesis units (continuing the senior project). Students for whom the master’s thesis or project is distinct from the senior project will be expected to complete the BS degree before taking further graduate courses for the master’s degree.