Bachelors + Masters Programs

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Is a bachelor's degree just the starting point for you?

A graduate degree, and a greater earning potential, might be within reach.

If you are in your junior or senior year, you may be eligible to earn your master's degree with only one additional year of study. Portland State offers what are called Bachelors+Masters or B+M programs in the following programs:

How Does It Work?

  • With a B+M program, you can share up to 20 graduate credits between your bachelor’s and master’s degree. Graduate credits taken in your senior year will be applied to both degrees, so you will begin your master’s degree ahead of the curve. Some programs may choose to allow fewer shared credits.

Who Is Eligible?  

  • Juniors and seniors may apply to one of the B+M programs listed.
  • To qualify for the B+M program, you must have at least a 3.3 GPA in your undergraduate studies at PSU. Individual programs may have additional admission requirements, including a higher GPA standard.

What Will You Save? 

  • Students in a B+M program will receive undergraduate tuition for the graduate credits earned while in the bachelor’s program. 
  • Resident students could save over $5,000 toward the cost of a master’s degree.

After You Get In

  • Once admitted to a B+M program, you must maintain an undergraduate GPA of 3.30 and earn a B or higher in graduate courses taken for shared credit. 
  • If you complete your bachelor's and meet those requirements, you will have guaranteed admission to the master’s program with your shared credits.

Program Details

BA/BS in Anthropology + MA/MS in Anthropology

Overview

  • Students in the BA or BS Anthropology undergraduate program may be admitted directly into the parallel Anthropology master’s program (i.e., BA students for the MA, and BS students for the MS) and share up to 20 graduate-level credits (five 4-credit courses) between their bachelor and master’s degrees. 

When Can I Apply? 

  • Students first submit an initial B+M application program to the Anthropology Graduate Coordinator. Initial applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with three annual deadlines:
    • November 15 for a Winter term start
    • February 15 for a Spring term start
    • May 15 for a Fall term start

What's Required? 

  • The initial application will require (1) an official transcript demonstrating that student has met the admissions criteria, (2) a 500-word personal statement outlining the applicant's career and educational goals, and (3) the names of two Anthropology faculty members who support the application. 
  • Admissions Criteria:
    • Declared Anthropology major who has completed or is enrolled in the three, 300-level major core requirements: ANTH 304 or 305, ANTH 350, and ANTH 370 or ANTH 372.
    • 3.5 GPA in Anthropology courses.
    • 3.5 PSU institutional GPA.
    • Junior or Senior standing.

BA in Applied Linguistics + MA in TESOL

Overview

  • Students in their junior year in the BA in Applied Linguistics can be admitted to the MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and share 20 credits between the BA and MA in their senior year. For the MA, students replace two required courses with electives so they do not repeat undergraduate content.

When Can I Apply? 

  • Application deadline: April 1 of the student’s junior year. Students must submit an application essay and two letters of recommendation from professors in the Department of Applied Linguistics.
  • GPA requirements: 3.50 in LING classes, 3.30 PSU overall.
  • Credits: Students must be on track to complete at least 138 undergraduate credits towards the bachelors degree by fall term of their senior year.

What Else? 

  • BA+MA students must be prepared to take a very heavy course load each term in their senior year.
  • All 500-level courses shared between the two degrees must be taken at PSU and must receive a grade of B or better. All undergraduate courses must receive a grade of C or better.
  • For more details and to make an appointment with an Applied Linguistics advisor, check the BA in Applied Linguistics + MA TESOL accelerated pathway website.

BA/BS in Business Administration: Accounting + MS Finance

Overview

  • Students in the Accounting program may be directly admitted into the MS in Finance program. 
  • Students complete 8 MSF credits in their senior year which are shared between their bachelor’s degree in business with an accounting concentration and their MSF degree. 
  • Who Benefits?
    • PSU students with a bachelor’s degree in business with an accounting concentration seeking a fifth year of education with additional coursework in finance, accounting and other areas of business to meet the credit hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam and to prepare them for a successful career.
    • Students interested in completing an accelerated bachelor’s degree in business with an accounting concentration and an MSF by completing 8 MSF credits in the senior year of their accounting program at the undergraduate tuition rate.

When Can I Apply? 

  • Junior Year: Students must complete their Intent to Apply form
  • Senior Year: 
    • Fall & Winter: Complete pathway shared credits
    • Fall - Summer: Complete bachelor’s degree
    • Fall - Summer: Formally apply to the MSF program

What's Required? 

  • Junior standing or higher
  • Admitted to The School of Business by opting in to the business major
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.3 with a letter of recommendation from PSU Accounting faculty or a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher with no letter of recommendation
  • ACTG + MSF Pathway application

BS in Civil Engineering/Environmental Engineering + MS/MEng in Civil and Environmental Engineering

Overview

  • Undergraduate students admitted into the B+M Pathway are able to take up to 16 credit hours of electives at the 500 level and apply these credits to both their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.
  • The CEE Masters program requires meeting the appropriate core and elective course requirements for an individual specialty area in structural, geotechnical, transportation, or environmental and water resources engineering. 

When Can I Apply? 

  • Eligible junior-level students will receive an eligibility notification directly from the CEE Department after winter term grades post. Students must respond to the CEE Department eligibility notification with intent to join the pathway program by April 15th of the same year to be admitted to the B+M Pathway.
  • If you did not receive a notification and are eligible for the program, or you will meet the eligibility criteria after the April 15th deadline, please complete this application form and we will review your request.

What's Required?

  • Junior-level students will be considered eligible for the B+M Pathway program if they meet the following admission criteria: 
    • Formally admitted into the PSU BSCE/BSENVE Program.
    • Completed 16 credit hours of approved 300 or 400 level upper division BSCE/BSENVE coursework, excluding university studies upper division cluster courses.
    • Institutional GPA of 3.30 at time of eligibility notification.
  • Students who meet the admission criteria will receive notification from the CEE Department that they are eligible to enroll in the Pathway program. In order to be admitted, interested students must respond to the CEE Department eligibility notification with intent to join the Pathway program by April 15th of that year.
  • Only coursework with a grade of "B" or higher will be applied. Students must start their Masters program within one academic year of BSCE/BSENVE graduation in order to use their Pathway courses towards their Masters degree.

BA/BS in Communication + MS in Communication

Overview

  • Students currently enrolled in the BA or BS in Communication program may be directly admitted into the MS in Communication program.
  • You can share up to 16 credits of graduate-level credit between the BA/BS and MS in Communication.
  • You pay undergraduate tuition for those first 16 credits and can complete both degrees in 4 + 1 years.

When Can I Apply?

  • You can apply for the Bachelors plus Masters in the spring of your junior year to be eligible to take 500-level courses in your senior year.
  • The Bachelors plus Masters program must begin in the fall of your final year as an undergraduate with enrollment in Comm 521.
  • For more information on applications or the Bachelors plus Masters program, email commgradinfo@pdx.edu.

What's Required?

  • You must meet the following criteria for admittance to the B+M program:
    • You must have completed all core Communication undergraduate courses: Comm 300, Comm 311, Comm 316, and Comm 326 with an average GPA of 3.5 or higher
    • You must be on track to complete at least 135 undergraduate credits towards the Bachelors degree before the fall term you wish to begin the B+M program.
    • A GPA of 3.5 or above is required for all communication classes taken before entry into the MS program, along with a PSU institutional GPA of 3.3.

Continuing Requirements

  • All courses numbered 500 and above must receive a grade of B or better.
  • All undergraduate classes must receive a grade of C or better. 
  • You must maintain a 3.3 or higher PSU institutional GPA.
  • You must achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA each academic term after admission to the B+M
  • Resolve any incomplete courses within 1 term.
  • You must secure a graduate advisor before completing undergraduate requirements.

BS in Electrical Engineering or BS in Computer Engineering + MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Overview

  • The knowledge required for state-of-the-art design is much greater than can what programs can provide in a four-year BS program. This is why a master’s degree is now considered the “career” degree in the Electrical and Computer Engineering field.
  • Employers often expect an ECE graduate to earn a master’s degree as part of their long-term career advancement.
  • Professionals with a master’s degree earn much higher salaries, and they are eligible for more advanced positions.

How Does This Work?

  • The B.S.+M.S. allows admitted students to share up to 20 ECE graduate credits for both the B.S. in Electrical Engineering degree or B.S. in Computer Engineering with the M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

BA/BS + MA in English

Overview

  • The Bachelor’s + Master’s Pathway Program allows qualified undergraduates in the department to work towards their MA in English while completing their BA or BS degree
  • Students admitted into the Pathway Program can take up to 20 credit hours of 500 level course work as an undergraduate, at an undergraduate tuition rate, and apply the credits to their undergraduate and graduate degrees

When Can I Apply? 

  • Students apply to the Bachelor’s + Master’s Pathway Program in the spring of their junior year; students admitted to the program take 500-level courses in their senior year, beginning with ENG 500 in the fall of their senior year.

What Else? 

  • Application requirements: minimum institutional GPA of 3.3, at least 120 credits completed by the end of spring term of junior year, completion of either ENG 300 or WR 301 (or both) by the end of winter term of junior year. A student who has completed only one of these two courses by the time of the application must complete the other by the end of spring term of junior year.
  • Continuing Requirements: all courses numbered 500 and above must receive a grade of B or better, all undergraduate classes must receive a grade of C or better, maintain a 3.3 or higher PSU institutional GPA, achieve a 3.0 or higher GPA each academic term after admission to the program, resolve any incomplete courses within 1 term, no P/NP credit will be accepted for either program.
  • For questions about the program, contact MA in English Director, Dr. Sarah Lincoln, at slincoln@pdx.edu. For questions about the admissions application, contact grdstudy@pdx.edu.

BS/BA in Mathematics + MS in Economics

Overview

  • For students with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, a Master’s degree in Economics will likely open up more opportunities in terms of career goals. Aside from pursuing doctoral studies, the students can find a placement in both public and private sector institutions, which may include state and federal governments; bank, insurance, and financial institutions; environmental/labor organizations; energy, law and tech firms; and much more.
  • Students in the program can take up to 20 credit hours of graduate course work as an undergraduate. They can apply those credits to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.
    • All courses numbered 500 and above taken prior to entry into the Master’s degree program in Economics must receive a grade of B or better. All undergraduate classes must receive a grade of C- or better. No P/NP credit will be accepted for either program.

When Can I Apply?

  • PSU undergraduate students of Mathematics shall be required to meet with their advisor by the end of their second year to map out the required coursework to apply for the MS degree in Economics. Typically, students will apply to the B+M program in their junior year, and after junior year completion, they will apply for the Masters program in their senior year.
  • The student should complete their degree in Mathematics or, at the minimum, all the courses outlined up to the winter term of the fourth year of their study schedule.

What Else?

  • Applicants will still have to apply for the MS degree program in Economics online. If the application is successful, the student will be notified by the Department of Economics. Provided they satisfy the GPA requirements, they do not have to submit GRE scores, a statement of purpose, or letters of recommendation. 
  • A GPA of 3.4 or above is required for all Mathematics and Statistics classes taken prior to entry into the MS program in Economics.
  • For more information, visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website

BS in Mechanical Engineering + MS in Mechanical Engineering or MS in Materials Science and Engineering

Overview

  • The B+M Pathway Program allows current BSME students to get a head-start on their master's degree.
  • Students in the program can take up to 20 credit hours of graduate course work as an undergraduate. They can apply those credits to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

When Can I Apply?

  • You must apply by the third term of their junior year. 
  • If you are admitted, you will automatically matriculate into an MME graduate program as long as you meet the pathway continuation criteria. 
  • Students in the Pathway Program can pursue any of the MME master-level graduate programs.

What Else? 

  • Once a department admits you into a graduate MME program, they will request to apply the graduate credits you took as an undergraduate to your master's degree. 
  • We will only apply coursework with a grade of B or higher. 
  • You must start your master's program within one academic year of graduation to use your shared credits toward your master's degree.

BS in Mechanical Engineering + MS in Engineering and Technology Management

Overview

  • The Bachelor's + Master's Pathway Program allows current BSME students to get a head-start on their ETM master's degree.
  • Students in the program can take up to 16 credit hours of graduate course work as an undergraduate. They can apply those credits to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

When Can I Apply?

  • Students must apply to the ETM graduate program at least one term prior to BSME graduation. Students must also notify the MME Department (mmedept@pdx.edu) that they intend to pursue the BSME + ETM Pathway.

What's Required?

Students applying to the Pathway Program must meet the following criteria:

  • Admitted into the BSME Program
  • Completed 12 credit hours of 300- or 400-level upper-division BSME coursework
  • Institutional GPA of 3.3 at time of application

What Else?

  • Continuation Criteria: Students must have a combined undergraduate and graduate institutional GPA of 3.3 upon graduation from the BSME program to be fully admitted into the graduate program.
  • Students who are admitted will automatically matriculate into the ETM graduate program as long as they meet the pathway continuation criteria.  
  • Once the ETM Department admits you into the ETM program, they will request to apply the graduate credits you took as an undergraduate to your master's degree. Only coursework with a grade of B or higher will be applied.

BA/BS in Political Science + MA/MS in Political Science

Overview

  • Our B+M Program allows current political science undergraduates to get a head-start on their master's degree!
  • Students admitted into our Pathway Program can take up to 20 credit hours of graduate course work as an undergraduate.
  • You can then apply the credits to both your undergraduate and graduate degrees.

What's required?

  • You must be a political science major who has already completed at least 12 credit hours of 300 or 400 level political science classes to apply.
  • At the time of application, your institutional GPA must be at least 3.3.
  • You should send the following to David Kinsella at kinsella@pdx.edu, the Chair of the Department's Graduate Committee:
    • A statement of purpose identifying your planned areas of study in the master’s program as well as your professional goals (500 words).
    • Names of two faculty members who will be providing letters of recommendation. Please ask recommenders to submit their letters directly to the department.
    • International students from partner universities may also be required to submit TOEFL scores.

What Else?

  • You must apply by the end of the third term of their junior year. We need applications by the end of finals week.
  • You must have earned a ‘B’ or higher on all graduate courses taken for shared credits, as well as continue to earn 'B' grades on graduate coursework.

BS in Quantitative Economics + MS in Economics

Overview

  • Students in the BS in Quantitative Economics program may be directly admitted into the MS in Economics program. 
  • You may also share 15 credits of graduate-level credit with the BSQE and MS in Economics.

When Can I Apply? 

  • If you are a BSQE major, you may apply for the B+M program as a junior. 
  • You must be on track to complete at least 165 undergraduate credits before starting the Master’s theory sequence in Fall Term.

What’s Required? 

You will not be required to submit GRE scores provided you satisfy the following requirements: 

  • A GPA of 3.5 or above for all economics classes
  • A PSU institutional GPA of 3.3. 
  • 500-level courses must be graded B or better. 
  • All undergraduate economics courses must be graded C- or better. 
  • No P/NP credit in required economics, mathematics and statistics classes.
  • Department residency requirement of 24 undergraduate economics credits taken at PSU satisfied.
  • PSU residency requirement for 45 of the last 60 credits taken at PSU satisfied 

What Else?

  • Candidates for the BS+MS program should apply online to the MS program by submitting a graduate application.
  • Before beginning the application process, we encourage students to contact the graduate advisor (Arnab Mitra, amitra@pdx.edu).

BA + MS in Sociology

Overview

  • Students admitted into the Sociology B+M program can take up to 20 credit hours of approved 500-level course work as an undergraduate, at an undergraduate tuition rate*, and apply the credits to both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

When Can I Apply?

  • November 15 for a Winter term start
  • February 15 for a Spring term start
  • May 15 for a Fall term start
  • For more information on applications or the Bachelors plus Masters program, email socadvising@pdx.edu.

What's Required?

  • Declared PSU Sociology major with a junior or senior standing who has completed (or is currently enrolled in ) SOC 200, SOC 396, SOC 397, and SOC 398
  • 3.5 GPA for PSU Sociology courses, 3.3 PSU GPA

What Else?

  • The B+M is a terminal non-thesis master's degree. Students interested in a PhD in Sociology should not apply to the B+M program; rather, students should apply to Sociology PhD programs in the fall of their final year of undergraduate course work.