Combined programs are an excellent option for students who are interested in continuing their education with a graduate degree after earning a Bachelor’s. There are some very compelling benefits that come with studying through a combined program, with two of the most noteworthy being a serious savings in time and overall cost. We encourage you to learn more and talk with your advisor to see if you are on track to be considered for a Combined program.
Curious about what the life cycle of a combined program at Montclair State might look like? Take a look at the timeline below or view the Combined Program Flow Chart:
- Senior year of High School –Student applies to a Combined Program via Undergraduate Admissions
- Post-Admission as a Montclair State undergraduate student – Student speaks to an advisor and completes the Combined Program Change of Major Form to enroll in the undergraduate portion of the combined program if certain conditions are met
- End of Freshman year –Student receives academic advising to keep them on track for continued enrollment
- Each semester of undergraduate studies – Academic department conducts review to ensure that only eligible students are in combined program. Advising intervention takes place each semester.
- Junior year – Students should speak with an advisor and verify that they are currently enrolled in a combined program and if not, complete the Combined Program Change of Major Form.
- First semester of Senior year –The student files for final audit for the undergraduate component of the degree and begins taking graduate level “Swing Courses”
- Last semester of Senior Year – Student completes a Fast Application with The Graduate School to be admitted to the Master’s portion of the combined program.
- Completion of Senior year – Student graduates with a Bachelor’s degree and becomes officially a graduate student.