Start working on your master’s degree before you graduate with a bachelor’s! Undergraduate students at IUP can get a head start on graduate education by applying for early admission to many of IUP’s graduate programs during their junior year in college. You can earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in as little as five years, saving time and money.
In our Early Admissions program, you can begin to earn your master’s while still working toward your bachelor’s degree. Once you have earned at least 15 credits in your major and 90 credits overall, while maintaining a 3.25 GPA, you can apply for Early Admission to an IUP graduate program. Most students become eligible during the second semester of their junior year.
Once accepted into your master’s program of choice, you can use up to 40 percent of your graduate classes to satisfy the requirements of your undergraduate degree. Because these classes count toward both, you can finish your bachelor’s and master’s degree in less time.
The following master’s degree programs are currently accepting early admission applications from qualifying IUP students:
Applied Mathematics, MS
Business/Workforce Development, MEd
Applied and Industrial Chemistry, PSM
Employment and Labor Relations, MA
English, Composition and Literature, MA
English, Literature, MA
English, TESOL, MA
Food and Nutrition, MS
Health and Physical Education, MEd
Health Services Administration, MS
Instructional Design and Technology, MA
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
Music Performance, MA
Public Affairs, MA
Public History, MA
Safety Sciences, MS
Sport Science, MS
Strategic Communication, MS
You can take advantage of Early Graduate Admission during the second half of your junior year. As a prospective undergraduate student, there’s nothing you need to do now.
If you’d like to see how you can take advantage of the program to accelerate your academic journey, and how it can affect your financial aid, please consult our page on how to apply for Early Admission to Graduate Programs.