Claremont Graduate University Accelerated BA/Master's Program with The Claremont Colleges General Guidelines
1. Counting courses taken in the undergraduate degree toward the Masters
CGU departments or schools may count up to sixteen units from coursework taken in fulfillment of the undergraduate degree and while the student is enrolled as an undergraduate toward the Masters degree at CGU. (Long-established programs in Drucker and SBOS allow slightly more units, but sixteen is the maximum in all other departments). In most cases, students accepted into the accelerated program will take CGU courses as part of their undergraduate degree, and these courses should be planned with CGU and undergraduate faculty and may be counted toward the CGU degree. In addition, certain upper-division undergraduate courses may count toward the Masters. The number of units counted (up to sixteen) will depend on several factors, including the total number of units required for the Masters and the content of the undergraduate course, which should be appropriate for a graduate degree. At CGU we have a range from 30-unit to 60-unit Masters programs. The number and type of undergraduate courses accepted will need to be appropriate to the CGU degree program requirements (for example sixteen units of undergraduate coursework would not be appropriate for a 30-unit Masters), but all courses must be upper-division and the grades must be B or better in order for the courses to count toward the CGU program.
2. Applying to the Baccalaureate/Masters program
Because the accelerated program is designed to allow undergraduate students to begin to work toward the Masters requirements simultaneously with the completion of their undergraduate degrees, students should apply to the accelerated program as early as possible, usually in their junior year. This allows coordination in course planning between the student, the CGU department, and the undergraduate advisor. Admission to the program requires the recommendation of the undergraduate department. Thus a student who applies should include at least one recommendation from their department faculty.
3. Changing from Masters to Ph.D. program
If a student enters the accelerated program and is subsequently admitted to the Ph.D. program in the same field, the upper-division undergraduate courses originally counted toward the Masters may in turn be counted as part of the units required for the Ph.D., if all remaining units are completed at CGU, and with the approval of faculty advisors and the Dean of the School.
4. Program Approval Form
As we have increasing numbers of students admitted to the accelerated programs, it is important to maintain central records and track requirements. To that end, academic offices must submit the attached ¡°Accelerated Baccalaureate/Masters Approval Form¡± for each student admitted into the programs. The form records information about the student¡¯s undergraduate school, anticipated date for completing the B.A., and courses taken (or planned) for the B.A. that will be counted toward the CGU Masters.