Accelerated Master of Education in Learning Design Program Policy

Students who wish to work toward both a Bachelor’s degree in Learning Design Technology and wish to pursue the Master of Education in Learning Design (LRND) may do so in our Accelerated Bachelor and Master program if the student meets all application requirements. This accelerated plan provides the opportunity for students to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in an efficient and effective format, normally in five year.  Undergraduate students who meet all the application requirements and are selected for enrollment into the LRND program earn Pre-Master’s status as an undergraduate until they are officially graduated with their Bachelor’s degree and earn Graduate Student Status.  Once having earned Pre-Master’s status, an undergraduate student is able to enroll in the graduate courses and follow the program plan outlined in the attached Accelerated bachelor and master’s Program Plan.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Accelerated Bachelor and Master program must complete the following application requirements:
    1. By the start of Pre-Master’s status, they must have either:
        - 75 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.2[1], or
        - 90 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.0;
    2. A completed Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Application;
    3. Transcripts from the registration and records office at BGSU[2];
    4. At least two letters of recommendation from a full-time BGSU faculty member, preferably from graduate faculty within the             student’s major or targeted graduate program

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Graduate College Policies
Student Status Once accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, the student remains coded as an undergraduate student with Pre-Master’s status and officially becomes coded as a graduate student once the student has earned the bachelor’s degree.  The student’s coding as an undergraduate or graduate student is associated with other BGSU policies pertaining to degree status.

Credit hour policies The following policies apply to students in all Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs.

  1. After being accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, students may take up to 12 credit hours of graduate credit while maintaining undergraduate status.
  2. Subject to program approval, students may apply a maximum of 12 credit hours to both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.  However, the ability to apply credit hours to both the undergraduate and graduate degree is influenced by each program’s minimum credit hour requirements (see policy #3). 
  3. At the end of both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a student must have a minimum of 150 discrete semester credit hours (120 + 30 = 150 state of Ohio regulated minimum credits).
  4. Pre-Master’s students may enroll in 5000 and 6000 level graduate classes (not 7000).
  5. All graduate policies pertaining to graduate credit hours, time to degree, and other regulations are also applicable to Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program students.

Tuition Students enrolled in Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs with Pre-Master’s status will pay tuition at the undergraduate rate through the completion of the bachelor’s degree.  Thereafter, students will be coded as graduate students and pay the graduate rate for tuition and fees.

Financial Aid Students will be eligible for financial aid based on their BGSU student status as either an undergraduate or graduate student.  During a student’s Pre-Master’s status, they remain coded as undergraduate students and may be eligible for financial aid but not graduate assistantships. Once students become regularly admitted graduate students with full graduate student status, they may be eligible for graduate-level financial assistance, including graduate assistantships with stipends and/or graduate tuition scholarships.

Program Withdrawal A student admitted to an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program with a Pre-Master’s status may withdraw from the program and continue as a traditional undergraduate student toward the completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Program Dismissal Students who fail to maintain minimum requirements for adequate academic graduate standing will lose Pre-Master’s status, and as a result will be unable to continue taking graduate level courses. Under these conditions, if adequate standing is maintained for their undergraduate program, the student may continue in the bachelor’s degree program.

                                        Accelerated Bachelor and Master of Education in Learning Design Program Plan

Students enrolled in the accelerated Bachelor and Master of Education in Learning Design Program should follow the following course schedule for planning graduate work that begins while still enrolled as an undergraduate student, followed by the courses taken when fully enrolled as a graduate student in the LRND program.  In order to complete this plan in an accelerated format (4 years undergraduate + 1 year graduate). Students who choose the thesis option should expect the completion of their master’s degree program to take longer than an additional extra (5th) year.

Pre-Master’s Status (limited to 12 credits maximum)

Courses that may be taken while an undergraduate student with Pre-Master’s Status:

  • LRND 6010  Principles of Learning Design 
  • LRND 6030  Data Analysis and Decision Making
  • LRND 6790  Research in Learning Design 
  • LRND 6800  Seminar in Learning Design

Master’s Degree Graduate Student Status

Courses to be taken once graduated with a bachelor’s degree and fully enrolled as a graduate student in the Master of Technology Management:
        • LRND 6600  Evaluation in Learning Design (3 credits)
        • LRND 6700  Principles of Multimedia Production and Courseware Design (3 credits)
        • LRND 6720  Digital Game-Based Learning (3 credits)
        • LRND 6730  Adaptive Hypermedia and Personalized Learning Environments (3 credits)
        • LRND 6750  Leadership Theory and Practice (3 credits)
        • LRND 6840  Directed Readings in Learning Design (3 credits)

        • Synthesis (6 Semester Hours)
                  Plan I Thesis LRND 6920 Directed Thesis Research LRND 6920 & LRND 6990
                  Plan II Major Project LRND 6920 or LRND 6910

[1] For the purposes of this policy, BGSU GPA is calculated based on BGSU credits only. However, credits transferred into BGSU may be counted as part of credit hours earned (not GPA).
[2] The graduate college will obtain these records.