Combined Bachelor’s + Master’s Degrees

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DePaul’s combined bachelor’s + master’s degree programs allow you to earn both your undergraduate and graduate degrees in about five years (rather than the traditional six or more).

The courses you’ll take during your senior year will count toward both your bachelor’s and master’s degree, saving you time and money, moving you seamlessly from your undergraduate classes right into your graduate coursework.

The following CDM master’s degrees can be combined with all current DePaul undergraduate majors. Other CDM master’s degrees are open only to CDM undergraduate majors.

  • MA in Animation
  • MS in Computer Science
  • MS in Data Science
  • MS in Information Systems
  • MS in Health Informatics
  • MS in Business Information Technology

Find out which combined degree options are compatible with your CDM major:

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If you are currently a CDM student and interested in combining your CDM bachelor’s degree with a non-CDM graduate degree, please contact the respective college for admission and application procedures.

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Computing or the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies with a major in Computing joint degree programs between CDM and the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (formely SNL) are eligible for this program. Interested students who meet the admission criteria for a combined degree should contact Kenn Skorupa at SCPS for more information. Advanced programs (e.g., JD/MS, MFA, and PhD) are not eligible for the combined degree program.

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 programs. Students will receive the bachelor's degree after meeting all graduation requirements for that degree.

To earn the master's degree, the student must complete the requirements of the graduate degree, and will follow the master's degree program requirements for the term they are admitted to the program. Only graduate CDM courses may apply in the selected graduate CDM program.

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.

Admission Criteria for CDM Combined Programs

  • Sophomore status (at least 44 quarter hours earned)
  • Minimum of 12 quarter hours earned at DePaul
  • GPA of 3.3 or higher in courses taken at DePaul
  • Full admission to the designated master’s program requires meeting admission requirements for that program

Students should discuss their interest in a combined degree program with their faculty advisor who will submit their enrollment request through MyCDM.