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The Early Admissions Program is for academically advanced juniors and seniors majoring in certain programs at Bridgewater State University who wish to take up to two graduate courses for undergraduate credit, and thereby accelerate the completion of their respective master's degree. These various graduate pathways provide academically advanced students an opportunity to challenge themselves by beginning graduate work while finishing the BS degree. It is possible, through this program, for exceptional students to complete both degrees in five years. Additional benefits include a waiver of the application fee and reduced tuition costs (equivalent to saving six to nine credits at the graduate rate). Students interested in this opportunity should contact the specific DGCE Chairperson for their program of interest early in their junior year.

BSU undergraduates can apply for early admittance in their junior or senior year of undergraduate study. Both Biology B.S. and B.A. students are eligible and should consult with the graduate program coordinator during the sophomore or junior year to ensure proper preparation. Upon acceptance, students may take up to two graduate-level courses during their final year of undergraduate study, and may apply these courses to both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Requirements for early admission are:

  • Junior or senior rank in the B.S. or B.A. program in Biology at BSU
  • Completion of at least one semester of undergraduate research (BIOL 396 or BIOL 497) and continued participation until enrollment in the M.S. program
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  • A detailed personal statement explaining research interests and experience
  • Two appropriate letters of recommendation
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate course work
  • Completion of MATH 141, CHEM 243, and CHEM 244
  • Selection of the thesis option

Graduate ChairDr. Christopher Bloch

The Early Acceptance MBA Program is designed for current undergraduates at Bridgewater State University who would like to earn BOTH an undergraduate degree and MBA degree in as little as 5 years. Students accepted into this program can take up to four (4) graduate courses at the undergraduate tuition rate and credits will be applied toward both their undergraduate and MBA degrees, saving both time and money!

Application Requirements

  • BSU undergraduates with junior status (minimum of 54 credits earned) and at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Three foundation courses (minimum grade of B-) are required (waived if completed in prior coursework):
    • ACFI 200: Financial Accounting
    • ECON 210: Statistics for Economics and Business
    • ECON 500: Foundations of Economics OR
    • ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics AND ECON 102: Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate course work.
  • Three letters of recommendation, at least one each from academic and professional references.
  • Résumé 
  • during undergraduate business studies or professional career.
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores. Waiver granted for applicants with a minimum 3.2 GPA.
  • Business background not required.

The MBA program consists of 10 courses. Early acceptance students with senior status (a minimum of 84 credits earned) can begin taking up to 4 graduate courses at the undergraduate tuition rate. Students interested in the Early Acceptance MBA Program should contact the graduate coordinator, Dr. Kathleen Ferris-Costa (kferriscosta@bridgew.edu) for advising.

BSU undergraduates who wish to take graduate courses while still an undergraduate student will need to complete the Early Acceptance MBA application. The application fee for this program is waived.

To access the free application for Early Acceptance to the Business Administration Masters program, click here

Graduate ChairDr. Kathleen Ferris-Costa

If accepted, students will be granted special status to enroll in two graduate criminal justice courses for undergraduate credit. One of those courses will be CRJU 500 - Foundations of Scholarship and the other will be determined with advising from the DGCE Graduate Criminal Justice Coordinator. Tuition for these courses will be at the undergraduate rate.

The following are required to be accepted into the Early Admissions program:

  • Online Application – A completed online application for which the application fee will be waived
  • Resumé – A resumé which demonstrates the applicant’s potential for leadership and academic achievement as evidenced by activities during his or her professional career or undergraduate studies
  • GPA – Students must have achieved an overall minimum Bridgewater State University GPA of 3.5 at the time their application is accepted
  • Letters of Recommendation – Three appropriate letters of recommendation, two of which must come from full-time BSU criminal justice faculty. (Applicants who do not believe they have worked with or taken classes from a full-time faculty member, should contact the Program Coordinator for guidance on this requirement)
  • Statement of Purpose – a 750-word statement of purpose that describes the experiences that have influenced your decision to study or work within the discipline of criminal justice or criminology. Also, include academic topics of interest, your commitment to social justice and how you see these issues reflected in the areas of criminal justice.

This program is Quinn Bill-approved.

To access the free application for Early Acceptance to the Criminal Justice Masters of Science program, click here

Graduate ChairDr. Feodor Gostjev

If accepted, students will be granted special status to enroll in two graduate English courses for undergraduate credit. One of these courses will be ENGL 500 - Introduction to Graduate Study in English, and the other will be determined with advising from the DGCE Graduate English Coordinator. Tuition for these courses will be at the undergraduate course rate.

  • Applicants must be English majors at Bridgewater State who have a minimum 3.5 GPA in the English major and a minimum 3.3 overall GPA.
  • Applicants must have completed 18 credits in the English major, including a research methods course and another 300-level course.
  • Students may apply at any time after the completion of their first semester of junior year (or 75 credits).
  • Students must submit an application through the Graduate Admissions site that includes official transcripts of all undergraduate course work; one letter of recommendation from a member of the graduate faculty in the English department; and a 450-500 word statement of purpose, including reasons for undertaking the MA degree, relevant experience and aptitude, career goals and academic topics of interest within English studies. The $50 admissions fee will be waived.
  • Undergraduate students’ financial aid package will apply to graduate courses taken for undergraduate credit, and there will be no additional charge for taking a graduate course in the evening.
  • One of the two graduate courses taken as an undergraduate may be counted as a substitute for any course requirement for the English BA except for the senior seminar, with approval of the English Department Chair.
  • Once the students complete their BA, the two graduate courses that they have completed will be transferred to their MA course requirements if they receive a minimum grade of “B”.

BSU undergraduates who wish to take graduate courses while still an undergraduate student will need to complete the Early Acceptance application. The application fee for this program is waived.

To access the free application for Early Acceptance to the English Masters program, click here

Graduate ChairDr. Halina Adams

Admission Requirements to the Higher Education Administration M.Ed. Program via Early Acceptance 

  • An online application is required - the application fee will be waived. 
  • A resumé must be included which demonstrates the applicant’s potential for leadership and academic achievement as evidenced by activities during his or her professional career or undergraduate studies. 
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work are required. 
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from a full time BSU faculty) must be submitted. 
  • A minimum undergraduate BSU GPA of 3.0 is required at the time their application is accepted. 
  • A Personal Statement is required on how completion of this program will improve the student’s ability to excel in the higher education environment. 

An undergraduate student may apply to the M.Ed. program while enrolled in the junior year of their program meeting all the admissions requirements for the HEA program. Although students may be accepted into the graduate program at this point, they will be classified as undergraduate students until all requirements of the Bachelor’s degree have been fulfilled and the degree has been awarded. 

 

While a senior, students will be allowed to take up to 2 courses in the Higher Education Administration concentration which will be counted towards their undergraduate degree and their master’s degree. One of the courses must be EDLE 504 – Introduction to Higher Education. The courses will require approval from their undergraduate advisor and the DGCE Graduate Coordinator for Educational Leadership. Tuition for up to two HEA courses taken during the senior year will be at the undergraduate rate. 

 

Undergraduate students’ financial aid package will apply to graduate courses taken for undergraduate credit, and there will be no additional charge for taking a graduate course in the evening.  

 

Under the early acceptance program, students will be admitted and classified as graduate students in the semester immediately following conferral of the Bachelor’s degree. The courses under the early acceptance pathway that they have completed (with a minimum grade of “B”) will be transferred into the graduate degree profile as meeting the M.Ed. coursework requirements. 

Graduate Chair: Dr. Carol Young

Early Admissions Application Requirements

· An online application is required.

· Resumé

· Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work

· Two letters of recommendation from full-time BSU history department faculty members

· Have completed 60 credits and hold a minimum undergraduate BSU GPA of 3.0 at the time their application is accepted.

· A grade of B+ or better in HIST 396

· A grade of B+ or better in three HIST 400-level courses

· A Personal Statement Undergraduate students may apply to the MAT program once they complete HIST 396 and three 400-level history courses and 60 overall credits.

Although students may be accepted into the graduate program at this point, they will be classified as undergraduate students until all requirements of the Bachelor’s degree have been fulfilled and the degree has been awarded. While a second-semester junior or a senior, students will be allowed to take up to two 500-level History courses that will contribute to their undergraduate course requirements and later be transferred into their MAT program.

Undergraduate students’ financial aid packages will apply to graduate courses taken for undergraduate credit, and there will be no additional charge for taking a graduate course in the evening. Under the early acceptance program, students will be admitted and classified as graduate students in the semester immediately following conferral of the Bachelor’s degree and their acquiring initial licensure.

The courses under the early acceptance pathway that they have completed (with a minimum grade of “B”) will be transferred into the graduate degree profile as meeting the MAT coursework requirements.

Graduate Chair: Dr. Brian Payne

The Physical Education, Strength and Conditioning Concentration MS program offers an accelerated pathway to allow students to complete both their Bachelors and Masters degree in as little as 5 years. In this accelerated pathway, students will complete their Bachelor of Science in Physical Education while having the opportunity to begin graduate level coursework as early as their 3rd year. These graduate courses will satisfy degree requirements at both the Undergraduate and Graduate level ensuring a true accelerated academic experience.

To access the free application for Early Acceptance to the Physical Education, Strength and Conditioning program, click here

Graduate ChairDr. Maura Rosenthal

The Early Admission Program is for seniors at Bridgewater State University majoring in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education, Literacy Teacher Professionals Concentration, BSE, who wish to take one graduate course in Reading for undergraduate credit, and thereby accelerate the completion of their M.Ed. in Reading, Reading Specialist. The application fee for students seeking early admissions to the relevant graduate program will be waived.

If accepted, students will be granted special status to enroll in one graduate course in Reading for undergraduate credit. The graduate course that will be taken for undergraduate credit will be READ 550: Improving Literacy Instruction (3 credits).

Tuition for this course will be at the undergraduate course rate.

Admission requirements include:

•            Be a Bridgewater State University senior, enrolled in the Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education, Literacy Teacher Professionals Concentration, BSE;

•            Be enrolled in Education Cluster III of their Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education major; and

•            File an application for admission to the College of Graduate Studies, MEd in Reading, Reading Specialist, to begin graduate coursework during the Practicum semester of the BSE program; and

•            Have a 3.0 GPA.

Undergraduate students’ financial aid package will apply to the graduate course taken for undergraduate credit. The graduate course taken as an undergraduate will be counted as part of the requirements for the Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education, Literacy Teacher Professionals Concentration, BSE. Once the student completes their BSE, the graduate course that they have completed will be applied to their M.Ed. requirements if they receive a grade of B or better.

Graduate Chair: Dr. Adam Brieske- Ulenski

Early Admission Program

The Early Admission Program is for seniors at Bridgewater State University majoring in Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education, Literacy Teacher Professionals Concentration, BSE, who wish to take one graduate course in Reading for undergraduate credit, and thereby accelerate the completion of their M.Ed. in Reading, Language, Literacy, and Culture. The application fee for students seeking early admissions to the relevant graduate program will be waived.

If accepted, students will be granted special status to enroll in one graduate course in Reading for undergraduate credit. The graduate course that will be taken for undergraduate credit is READ 542: A Critical Review of Reading and Writing Across the Content Areas (3 credits). Tuition for this course will be at the undergraduate course rate.

Admission requirements include:

•            Be a Bridgewater State University senior, enrolled in the Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education, Literacy Teacher Professionals Concentration, BSE;

•            Be enrolled in Education Cluster III of their Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education major;

•            File an application for admission to the College of Graduate Studies, MEd in Reading, Language, Literacy, and Culture, to begin graduate coursework during the Practicum semester of the BSE program; and

•            Have a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Undergraduate students’ financial aid package will apply to the graduate course taken for undergraduate credit. The graduate course taken as an undergraduate will be counted as part of the requirements for the Elementary Education or Early Childhood Education, Literacy Teacher Professionals Concentration, BSE. Once the student completes their BSE, the graduate course that they have completed will be applied to their M.Ed. requirements if they receive a grade of B or better.

Graduate Chair: Dr. Adam Brieske- Ulenski

The Early Admission Program is for seniors at Bridgewater State University majoring in Elementary Education, Special Education Concentration, BSE, who wish to take one graduate course in Special Education for undergraduate credit, and thereby accelerate the completion of their M.Ed. in Special Education, Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) (Initial Licensure) for Elementary and Early Childhood Teachers. Students can complete a BSE and M.Ed. in Special Education within five years if they choose to be a full-time student. The application fee for students seeking early admissions to the relevant graduate program will be waived. 

If accepted, students will be granted special status to enroll in one graduate course in Special Education for undergraduate credit. The graduate course that will be taken for undergraduate credit is SPED 501: Professional Practices in Special Education (3 credits). Tuition for this course will be at the undergraduate course rate.

Admission requirements include:

•            Be a Bridgewater State University senior, enrolled in the Elementary Education, Special Education Concentration, BSE;

•            Be enrolled in Education Cluster III of their Elementary Education major;

•            File an application for admission to the College of Graduate Studies, MEd in Special Education, Teacher of Students with Moderate Disabilities (PreK-8) (Initial Licensure) for Elementary and Early Childhood Teachers, to begin graduate coursework during the Practicum semester of the BSE program; and

•            Have a GPA of 3.0.

Undergraduate students’ financial aid package will apply to the graduate course taken for undergraduate credit. The graduate course taken as an undergraduate will be counted as part of the requirements for the Elementary Education, Special Education Concentration, BSE. Once the student completes their BSE, the graduate course that they have completed will be transferred to their M.Ed. requirements if they receive a grade of B or better.

Graduate Chair: Dr. J. Edward Carter

An undergraduate student may apply to the M.Ed. in Student Affairs program while enrolled in their senior year at BSU if their undergraduate cumulative GPA at the time of application is at minimum of 3.0. Interested Students should apply for the program in their second to last semester. If students meet the admissions criteria, attend interview day, and are accepted, students will be allowed to take up to two courses (6 credits) in the Student Affairs Counseling concentration in the last semester of their senior year which will be counted towards their undergraduate degree and their master’s degree.

Undergraduate Students can choose up to two courses ( 6 credits) from the list below:

  • CNSA 515 Foundations in Higher Education Counseling for Student Affairs Practice (Fall only)
  • CNSA 525 Student Affairs Administration (Spring only)
  • CNGC 539 Introduction to Career Counseling (Offered FA, SP, SU)

Undergraduate students’ financial aid package will apply to graduate courses taken for undergraduate credit, and there will be no additional charge for taking a graduate course in the evening.

Under the early admissions process, students will be admitted but will not be deemed as graduate students until conferral of the Bachelor’s degree. Completed graduate coursework with a grade of B or above taken as part of the undergraduate program of study will not need to be repeated as part of the graduate program of study.

Graduate Chair: Dr. Katherine Bender

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