Accelerated BS to Master of Architecture Program Policy

Students who wish to work toward both a Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree in Architecture may do so in our Accelerated BSArch to MArch 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 years.  Undergraduate students who meet all the application requirements and are selected for enrollment into the MArch 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, the student is able to enroll in the courses and follow the program plan outlined in the attached Accelerated BSArch to Master of Architecture Program Plan.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in pursuing the Accelerated BSArch to MArch program plan in Architecture 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.     Official transcripts from all universities attended;

4.     At least one letter of recommendation from a full-time BGSU faculty member, preferably from graduate faculty within the student’s major or targeted graduate program;

5.     An electronic portfolio which highlights a minimum of four projects with a range of complexity representing work over the student’s undergraduate career. The portfolio must be submitted in PDF format and is limited to 5 MB.

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).  Please note, credit hours will only appear once on the Academic transcript.  Because the Master of Architecture program exceeds the state of Ohio minimum of 30 credit hours, students will have the opportunity to dual count course content for both the Bachelor’s degree and Master’s degree. 
  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).  However, it is also the case that if a graduate program is an approved program for more than 30 credit hours (e.g., 36), then students must have successfully taken at least that number of graduate credit hours (e.g., 36) somewhere on their transcripts.
  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 BSArch to MArch Program Plan  

Students enrolled in the accelerated BSArch to MArch program should follow the following course schedule for planning out 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 MArch program.  In order to complete this plan in an accelerated format (4 years undergraduate + 1 1/2 year graduate) one should complete all 27 credits in design studios and the remaining 25 credits distributed among required professional, business, technologies, and history/theory requirements, with a total of 52 graduate credits.

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

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

ARCH 6510: Sustainable Systems

ARCH 6530: Codes and Regulations

ARCH 6610: Professional Practice/Entrepreneurship

ARCH 6620: Business Innovation by 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 Architecture program:

To complete MArch degree, all courses taken while in Pre-Master’s Status as well as the following additional graduate courses must be taken to meet all graduation requirements:

ARCH 6210: Graduate Design Studio 1                

ARCH 6220: Graduate Design Studio 2                

ARCH 6310: Graduate Design Studio 3

ARCH 6320: Graduate Design Studio 4

ARCH 6630: Applied Entrepreneurship

ARCH 6800: Seminar in Architecture & Design

Two MBA courses by advising

One Free Elective by advising

[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).