Dual-degree opportunities enable qualified students to enroll in graduate courses late in their undergraduate program and apply the coursework toward both the bachelor’s and master’s programs. That can mean saving a year or more in time and tuition dollars.
Students must be formally accepted into the dual-degree program by the department and College of Arts and Sciences to be able to take graduate courses as an undergraduate. Acceptance into the dual program does not constitute admission to the master’s program. Students must fulfill regular graduate admissions requirements and apply for the master’s program following college processes.
Information about the dual program, including application instructions and program requirements, can be found in the Dual Degree section of the CAS website.
The bachelor’s degree program is a 120-credit-hour program. The master’s degree program is a 40-credit-hour program. In either the junior or senior year, undergraduate students in this dual-degree program can begin taking graduate-level coursework, which can be applied toward both the bachelor’s degree program as well as the master’s degree program.
- Undergraduate students in dual undergraduate/graduate programs pay tuition at the undergraduate rate regardless of the course level. Undergraduate financial aid (for example, HOPE, Pell, SEOG) can be used toward specified graduate-level courses under these circumstances.
- Graduate students in dual undergraduate/graduate programs pay tuition at the graduate or professional rate regardless of the course level. They are eligible for other sources of financial aid, including graduate assistantships and tuition waivers.
- Students in dual graduate programs may be enrolled concurrently in two graduate or professional programs. In such cases, if the rate of tuition and fees for one program exceeds that of the other, the rates for all coursework will be set at the higher amount.
This program allows a student to complete their bachelor’s degree as well as a master’s degree in only five years. Upon completion of this program, graduates will be well versed in research in their area of focus and able to:
- Work as critical-thinking scientists.
- Ask scientific questions and come up with educated hypotheses.
- Describe the role their area of focus and biology have in the biosciences.
- Apply scientific approaches to their work.
- Communicate biological concepts and applications.
Dual-degree programs provide a range of benefits to students, including:
- Enhanced educational and research opportunities.
- Preparation for a variety of career opportunities.
- Accelerated completion of multiple degrees, saving students time and money.
The university calculates a variety of official grade-point averages, several of which are relevant to tracking the progress of dual-degree students.
- Undergraduate Institutional GPA: includes all course work taken at Georgia State while an undergraduate, regardless of the course level. Graduate-level course work taken as an undergraduate will be included in the Undergraduate Institutional GPA and not the Graduate Institutional GPA. Transferred courses are not included in this GPA calculation.
- Graduate Institutional GPA: includes all graduate-level course work taken at Georgia State while a graduate student. Graduate-level course work taken as an undergraduate would not be included in the Graduate Institutional GPA. Transferred courses are not included in this GPA calculation.
- Program GPA: includes all course work that fulfills the requirements of a specific degree program (as recorded in the university academic evaluation system), whether taken as an undergraduate or graduate student. The Program GPA would provide a measure of achievement in either of the two degree programs that make up a dual program. Repeated attempts and other coursework taken but not applicable to the degree program are not included in this GPA calculation. The Program GPA does not appear on the student’s transcript.