Five Year Bachelor/Master's Degree

Policy Memorandum No. 158

Recommended by the Commission on Undergraduate Studies & Policies, University Honors Program and the College of Arts & Sciences
Approved by CUS&P: April 10, 1995
Approved by University Council: October 2, 1995
Approved by the President: October 2, 1995
Effective: Immediately

The University Council, on recommendation of the Commission on Undergraduate Studies & Policies, unanimously approved a resolution concerning the Five Year Bachelor-Master's Degree.

Following is the text of the resolution as adopted by University Council:

WHEREAS, some of the most talented students at Virginia Tech wish to move more directly toward graduate work in their chosen field, and

WHEREAS, such students can demonstrate their abilities while combining work toward two degrees during their last thirty hours of undergraduate study, and

WHEREAS, the graduate programs at Virginia Tech would be enhanced by enrolling some of the best undergraduates enrolled at the University:

THEREFORE, LET IT BE RESOLVED that students with a 3.5 or above QCA, on their option and with the recommendation of the University Honors Program, may apply for admission to the Graduate School on the completion of seventy-five hours of undergraduate study.

The student must append to the application to the Graduate School a letter from the department head of the proposed graduate department affirming the department's acceptance of the student as a graduate student and their agreement that the student can complete his or her undergraduate studies upon demonstration of twelve hours of graduate study.

The student will be required to complete the Graduate Record Examination at the normal time. The GRE will not be required for admission to a Master's Program under this program. After three years, the Graduate School and University Honors Program will evaluate the GRE scores of student participants.

During the two semesters following admission to graduate school, the student may complete up to twelve hours of graduate work, jointly enrolled in the Graduate School and their undergraduate department. Successful completion of twelve hours of graduate work with no less that a "B" average will complete the last twelve hours of the undergraduate degree.

This resolution will become effective on the date of final approval of University Council.


President's Policy Memorandum