Some departments offer a Grad Track Pathway to exceptional undergraduate students for early provisional admission to the master’s degree program. This accelerated program is designed for such students to earn coursework credits toward their master’s degree while completing their bachelor’s degree in a discipline as approved by the prospective graduate program. A Grad Track Pathway is defined by a set of graduate-level courses (credit hours may vary based on established departmental requirements) that apply towards the bachelor’s degree and then also towards their associated master’s degree. Please consult your (prospective) department for additional information.
Graduate coursework taken for undergraduate credit will be considered advanced level, will be included in the student’s undergraduate GPA, and will be assessed undergraduate tuition rates. Advanced level coursework includes any 5000- or 6000-level lecture courses approved for use in the pathway.
Graduate coursework taken for undergraduate credit as part of the pathway applies to the associated master’s degree when the student has completed the bachelor’s degree, has been admitted to the associated master’s degree program, and the Form 1 (Plan of Study) has been approved
Q: I want to find out more information about Grad Track Pathways. Who do I contact?
A: Each department has a specified faculty member overseeing their Grad Track Pathway(s). Please contact the department for more information.
Q: Is the Grad Track Pathway the same as dual enrollment?
A: No, the Grad Track Pathway is an accelerated program that allows you to transfer up to nine hours of designated coursework (as determined by requirements of each program) from your undergraduate degree to a specified master’s program. Dual Enrollment is a separate program that allows enrolled S&T undergraduates to take graduate level coursework for graduate credit at the undergraduate tuition rate. To participate in dual enrollment you must submit an application for admission. Once admitted, you must designated which courses will be taken for graduate credit by submitting a form to the Registrar’s Office within the first two weeks of class. Courses taken for graduate credit cannot be applied toward your undergraduate degree.
Q: I'm trying to enroll in a 6000-level course, but Joe'SS won't let me.
A: You will need to complete the "Undergraduate student taking a 6000 level course" for. You can find it on the Registrar's website and submit it to their office when complete. (Scroll down to the "Registration" section.)
Q: Can I make substitutions/edits/revisions to my GTP plan and shared credit courses?
A: Yes. You can submit a revised GTP Admission & Course Approval form with all needed signatures to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: If I get a C in one of my shared credit courses, can I still you the other shared credit for master's program?
A: No. You must earn a B or better in all of your declared shared credit courses to use them in your master's program.
Q: When applying for admission to the master’s program, what semester should I apply for?
A: You should submit a graduate application for the semester immediately following your undergraduate degree completion. Example: If you are graduating in the Spring Semester, you should submit an application for Fall. You can find the application here.
Q: I want to take some time off between my undergraduate degree and graduate degree. Can I do that?
A: No, your enrollment into the master's program must directly follow the semester in which your bachelor's degree is awarded.