CDM Combined Degree

Combined Degree Programs

Academically gifted students may choose to enroll in the combined degree program. This program allows students to combine many CDM bachelor's degree with CDM master's degree following the structure outlined below.

Program Structure

Students in the combined degree program take a maximum of three graduate level courses that count toward both their bachelor's and master's degree requirements. Students may enroll in graduate level coursework in the junior and senior year only. Students in this combined degree program will receive the bachelor's degree after meeting all graduation requirements including the standard 192 undergraduate credit hours.

To earn the master's degree, the student must earn 52 graduate credit hours (13 graduate courses). Graduate courses taken during the undergraduate career will be substituted or waived for degree completion as applicable.

Only CDM courses can be taken as part of this program. Advanced programs (e.g., JD/MS, JD/MA, MFA, and PhD) are not eligible for the combined degree program.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum of 44 quarter hours earned
  • Minimum of 12 quarter hours earned at DePaul
  • GPA of 3.3 or higher in courses taken at DePaul
  • Endorsement of faculty advisor

In order to apply for the ​combined degree program, your faculty advisor must send an e-mail recommendation to the CDM Academic Success Center. The recommendation should include your full name, student ID number, and the bachelor's and master's degrees you wish to combine.

Bachelor of Arts in Computing students who are enrolled via the School for New Learning are eligible for this program.  Interested students who meet the admission criteria for a combined degree should contact Kenn Skorupa at SNL for more information.

Maintaining Good Standing

  • Cumulative GPA and course grades will be reviewed after each Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarter
  • The student and Faculty Advisor will be notified when the student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.3 or when the students receives less than a C- in graduate level course 
  • If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.3, the student must earn a term GPA of 3.3 or above in the following quarter to stay in good standing. If the student does not achieve a 3.3 term GPA, then the student will be dismissed from the combined program and resume the traditional BA/BS.
  • Graduate courses passed before dismissal will not be counted and may not be retaken. If the student pursues graduate study, other graduate courses must be substituted. To apply to a CDM graduate degree program, following dismissal from the combined degree, students must follow regular CDM Admission procedures, and will be required take 13 new graduate courses to earn a master's degree.

Designing a Course of Study

It is extremely important that the student and faculty advisor work together on a course of study immediately upon admission to the Combined Degree Program.

This course of study may include which undergraduate classes to avoid taking in order to take the graduate version. Failure to put together a solid plan can lead to extra coursework and a lengthening of the Combined Degree program.

It is advisable for the student and the advisor to enter the proposed plan of study in the student communication record on the CDM intranet so it is available to the student and CDM faculty and staff.

Registering for Master's Degree Courses

The student's advisor must email Associate Dean Lucia Dettori  requesting enrollment in any graduate course. The following information should be included in the email: student's full name, DePaul ID, graduate course and section, and the undergraduate course to be substituted for. Student services will process the enrollment.

Bachelor's Degree to Master's Degree Transition

In order to be fully admitted to the designated master's program, the student must meet all admission requirements for that program. Learn more about master's degree admission requirements. Students will follow the master's degree program requirements for the term they are admitted to the master's degree program. If the student did not meet all prerequisites for the master's degree prior to admission, the missing prerequisites must be completed prior to taking any additional graduate courses.