Combined Bachelor’s + Master’s Degrees

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.

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 a minimum of 52 graduate credit hours. Graduate courses taken during the undergraduate career will be substituted or waived for degree completion as applicable. Only graduate CDM courses may apply in the selected graduate CDM program.

Advanced programs (e.g., JD/MS, MFA, and PhD) are not eligible for the combined degree program, and only select CDM master’s programs are available for students whose bachelor’s program is not in CDM.

Find out which combined degree options are compatible with your major.


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.

Admission Criteria

  • 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
  • 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.

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.

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 complete the BS/MS Request form, under the Faculty tab on the CDM Intranet, to request the student’s enrollment in the three graduate courses. The form will require the following data: student's full name, 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.