Requirements for participation and graduation
- Students must complete the bachelor's degree prior to entering the master's program. Students in the accelerated degree program may not elect to bypass the bachelor's degree. Students will be allowed to count only a maximum of 12 5000- and 6000-level credits taken during their undergraduate studies toward their master's degree. These credits will be waived toward their master's degree.
- Accelerated degree program students enrolled in Western Michigan University's Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Health Services program must take BLS 3050 before applying.
- Students must receive a grade of B or better in the 5000- and 6000-level courses taken during their undergraduate studies.
- Courses with a grade of CB or below cannot be counted toward their master's degree.
- Students who do not meet the GPA criterion of 3.3 will have the earned grade applied to their undergraduate program only, assuming the earned grade meets requirements for the undergraduate program. Students who do not meet the grade criterion as part of the accelerated degree program must apply for readmission to the graduate program.
- No more than 12 hours of graduate work may be counted toward the requirements of the student's bachelor's degree.
- Students must complete the master's degree within 24 months from completion of the bachelor's degree. If the master's is not completed within this time, none of the 5000- or 6000-level courses specified in the plan of graduate work will count toward the master's degree. The graduate program advisor may grant an extension to this in special cases.
- It is the responsibility of the student to recognize his/her eligibility status.
- A student completing the bachelor's degree requirements with an accumulated GPA of less than 3.3 is automatically terminated from the accelerated degree program.
- A student who does not follow the approved plan of graduate work may become ineligible to participate in the accelerated degree program.
- A student who is ineligible to participate in (or withdraws from) the accelerated degree program no longer qualifies for waiving courses specified in the plan of graduate work toward a master's degree. These courses, however, may be counted toward the student's bachelor's degree upon the discretion of the undergraduate advisor.
- The graduate advisor shall inform a student who becomes ineligible to participate in the accelerated degree program in writing. A copy of this letter shall be sent to the Graduate College.
A student may withdraw from an approved accelerated degree program at any time by informing the director of the undergraduate program and the graduate advisor, in writing. A copy of this request to withdraw will be sent to the Graduate College for approval.