Graduate Credit for Undergraduates

5330.1 Combined Degree Program

A combined-degree program provides an opportunity for an undergraduate student to begin working toward a master's degree in his/her senior year, and to complete the bachelor's and master's degrees in less combined time than it would take to complete them sequentially.  The program is designed for the most talented students and a student must meet the academic standards defined below and apply to participate in the combined-degree program.

Students pursuing both the bachelor's and master's degrees in the same discipline at Wright State, or students, under partnership agreements, pursuing bachelor’s degrees at other institutions and master’s degrees at Wright State, can participate in approved combined-degree programs.  Departments, colleges, and other units wishing to create combined-degree programs must have proposals for those programs approved by the Faculty Senate and other appropriate academic authorities.  When submitted, proposals must include sample curricula explaining how the program covers the requirements of both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a list of graduate courses that will be allowed to count towards both.  They should also include any additional eligibility requirements beyond the minimums described herein.

For a student enrolled in a combined-degree program, a maximum of 12 semester credit hours graduate level courses can be used to satisfy both the bachelor’s and the master’s degree requirements.  Units proposing combined programs with a higher number of common credit hours will need to secure approval from the Faculty Senate and the Dean of the Graduate School.

  1. To participate in a combined-degree program, students must meet all of the following qualifications:
  • 3.2 cumulative grade point average on all undergraduate work, including undergraduate credits earned at other institutions and transferred to Wright State.
  • Undergraduate advisor's approval.
  • Permission of the chair of each department in which graduate credit is desired.

* The above qualifications do not apply to students admitted into an approved graduate transition program. See “B” below.

  1. Students admitted into an approved combined degree program do not have to formally apply to take graduate courses.  The Program Director of the combined degree program will forward to the Graduate School Admissions Office the names of the students that desire to take graduate courses for graduate credit.  The Graduate School will make the appropriate arrangements with the Registrar’s Office to allow these students to register for graduate credit. Students admitted to a combined degree program will be admitted as provisional graduate students to the Graduate School, pending completion of the requirements for their bachelor's degree.
  2. If students have studies in progress at the time permission to take dual-listed courses is requested for the next term, any approval of the application is provisional and based upon the meeting of all required standards at the end of the current term.  Permission will be revoked upon failure to meet these standards.

5330.2 Non-Combined Degree Program

Students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree at Wright State University or another accredited university may, under certain circumstances, take graduate courses for graduate or undergraduate credit outside of the combined-degree program.  Students must complete the Graduate Course Permission Form and obtain all required signatures. Reapplication is required for any subsequent period. In addition, students must indicate their desire for undergraduate or graduate credit. No changes will be granted to the type of credit selected after the course(s) have been completed.  Courses taken for undergraduate credit may be applied, with the academic unit’s approval, toward undergraduate degree requirements.  Courses taken for graduate credit may be applied towards an appropriate graduate degree at Wright State with the permission of the relevant department or program.

When taking graduate courses under this status, students are not limited in the number of graduate credit hours they may take that will apply towards their undergraduate degree (provided they have permission of the relevant department).  However, students are limited by this policy to a total of 12 credit hours of graduate coursework that can be applied as graduate credit.  This total is cumulative over the student’s undergraduate career.

  1. To be eligible for graduate course permission, students must meet all of the following qualifications:
  • Senior status.
  • 3.0 cumulative grade point average on all undergraduate work completed at Wright State University.
  • Undergraduate advisor’s approval.
  • Permission of the chair of each department in which graduate credit is desired.

5330.3 Non-Degree Undergraduate

Non-degree undergraduate students are not permitted to register for graduate courses.  Undergraduate students already possessing a bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply as non-degree graduate students and are not permitted to register under the Graduate Course Permission policy, unless they are enrolled as part of a program that has received waiver permission to this rule from the Graduate School and the credits being taken are being applied towards a second undergraduate degree.  Students participating in combined-degree programs may also take graduate hours for graduate credit using the Graduate Course Permission Form, but only up to a total of 15 graduate credit hours, taken as an undergraduate, may be applied to the graduate degree.  Except as arranged within specific approved combined-degree programs, no undergraduate student will be allowed to double-count more than 12 semester credit hours towards both degrees, and the total of double-counted hours and Graduate Course Permission hours applied to the graduate degree should not exceed 15.