Combined Bachelor's/Master's Programs
Combined Bachelor's/Master's Programs
Accelerate Your Education and Maximize Your Investment
Earn your master's degree in a shorter timeframe and graduate with the tools you need for the career you want. At Salve Regina, undergraduate students have the unique opportunity to begin a graduate program in their senior (fourth) year, saving time and money. Our popular combined bachelor's/master's programs are designed for academically qualified students who meet certain criteria, maintain a specific GPA and are conditionally accepted into a graduate program.
Save Time and Money
Completing a combined bachelor's/master's program saves up to two years of coursework and an average of $3,500 in tuition and fees.
Expand Your Potential
Earning your master's degree through the combined program allows you to enter the workforce sooner and pursue jobs with higher starting salaries.
Build Your Network
Our graduate faculty serve as career-focused mentors, offering a high-touch educational experience and helping you to build your professional network.
Salve Regina's combined bachelor's/master's program allowed me to get a jump start on the professional and academic knowledge that comes with a master's degree while I was still an undergraduate student. Those skills and the connections I made with graduate faculty and other graduate students were so valuable.
Megan Ellsworth '23, B.A. in psychology/M.S. in behavior analysis program
Combined Bachelor's/Master's Program Options
Our five-year pathway allows you to earn your master's degree within one year of completing your undergraduate program, while our accelerated pathway allows you to begin a master's degree program in your senior (fourth) year but complete your graduate coursework at your own pace.
Students in the five-year pathway complete four graduate courses during their senior (fourth) year, two of which may count toward credit requirements for the undergraduate program. This pathway offers flat-rate tuition for the fifth year and allows you to retain the services you had as an undergraduate.
You will matriculate into your master's degree program upon graduation from your undergraduate program and are required to take four courses in each semester of your fifth year. If you choose to discontinue the five-year pathway, you revert to traditional graduate student status for the remainder of your enrollment.
In addition to flat-rate tuition, you enjoy continued access to many of the benefits and services available to undergraduates, including:
- Access to athletic and recreational facilities
- Ability to remain active in student clubs and organizations
- Access to health care and counseling services
- Specialized career services
- Access to the Academic Center for Excellence, including academic support services for students with diagnosed learning differences
- Access to campus employment opportunities
Students in the accelerated pathway complete a minimum of two graduate courses during their senior (fourth) year. They matriculate into their master's degree program upon graduation from their undergraduate program and pay standard tuition rates for the specified graduate degree.
Direct-Entry Option for Incoming Students
Incoming first-year students may declare the five-year or accelerated pathway for several programs. You should select your desired program on the Common Application for admission to your undergraduate degree and conditional admission for your graduate degree. You are expected to maintain a 3.30 GPA to begin this sequence in your senior year.
Programs with this direct-entry option include:
- Business administration (B.S.) and Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Creative writing and publishing (B.A.) and creative writing (MFA)
- Criminal justice and criminology (B.A.) and criminal justice and cybersecurity (M.S.)
- Healthcare administration (B.S.) and healthcare administration (M.S.)
- History or political science (B.A.) and international relations (M.A.)
- Psychology (B.A.) and behavior analysis (M.S.)
- Psychology (B.A.) or social work (B.S.) and clinical counseling (M.A.)
The opportunities that come through networking help to set you up for success. About a year ago, I reached out to Professor Matthew McMahon and told him I was interested in cybersecurity and health care. He networked with some people he knew, and now I have an internship with the Health Sector Coordinating Council, which is an advisory council to the U.S. government.
Morgan Shuey '23, B.S./M.S. in healthcare administration program
- Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss your interest in the combined bachelor's/master's program.
- Connect with a graduate admissions counselor to discuss your interest in the combined bachelor's/master's program.
- Participate in a virtual information session during winter break.
- Apply to the combined bachelor's/master's program by Feb. 15.
- Take graduate courses alongside your undergraduate courses (4 courses for the five-year pathway, 2-4 courses for the accelerated pathway).
- Complete your bachelor's degree in your chosen major.
Fifth year and beyond
- Complete your remaining graduate courses.
Eligibility and Requirements
- You must maintain a 3.3 or higher GPA to be admitted into either pathway.
- You must complete the application process by Feb. 15 of your junior (third) year.
- Once you are conditionally accepted, you will be advised on the courses to take in your senior year by your faculty advisor and graduate program director.
- You must take the number of courses required for the specified program (four courses for the five-year pathway, a minimum of two courses for the accelerated pathway).
- You must maintain the appropriate GPA and earn a grade of B or better in your graduate courses to matriculate into the master's degree program after completion of your undergraduate degree.