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Concurrent Bachelor/Master/Graduate Certificate Program

The concurrent BS/MPH program provides exceptional undergraduate students with the opportunity to obtain both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Public Health degree in a shorter time period than typically required if both degrees are pursued separately.  It was approved by the university in the Spring of 2010. 

With the permission of the undergraduate advisor, students in the following undergraduate majors are eligible to apply for the BS/MPH option. 

  • Animal Sciences & Industry
  • Food Science & Industry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Dietetics
  • Kinesiology
  • Life Sciences
  • Microbiology
  • Athletic Training & Rehab Sciences
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Nutrition & Health

Note:  If you do not see your undergraduate major listed, please contact us.

This option allows for up to 9 credit hours to be applied to both the BS and the MPH degrees. (Steps for BS/MPH handout)

Steps

Instructions

1

Visit with your undergraduate advisor and/or the MPH Office to see if you are eligible for Graduate School (minimum GPA of 3.0).

2

Visit with your financial aid advisor to see if there are any financial aid ramifications.  Generally, depending on the type of undergraduate financial aid you are receiving, the financial aid stops and professional (graduate school) financial aid starts. An email to the MPH director from the financial aid advisor would be helpful, and encouraged.

3

Visit with your undergraduate advisor and select classes that may be used for both programs AND have not been taken thus far in the undergraduate curriculum.  The MPH Program will usually accept any class (elective or required) for the desired MPH emphasis area if on approved list. (Approved course list is on the MPH website: k-state.edu/mphealth; select Areas of Emphasis.)

4

Depending on the emphasis area you select, undergraduate pre-requisites may be required.

5

Have your undergraduate advisor send an email to the MPH Director indicating support for the student in the BS/MPH program and identify the classes to be used for both degrees and when they will be taken.

6

Apply to the Graduate School and select BS/MPH program on the application. 

7

If you are admitted, enroll in the agreed upon shared graduate classes under your graduate record in KSIS.  Continue to maintain a 3.0 GPA.

8

Upon completion of your BS, you are fully admitted to the Graduate School and the MPH Program.

9

Once you complete 9 graduate credit hours, a Program of Study (POS) will be prepared in conjunction with your MPH major professor and submitted to the Graduate School, even If you are still working on your undergraduate degree.

10

If any questions or problems arise, contact the MPH Office.

Notes:

  • Special Enrollment Form:  The student may take the intended shared courses for graduate credit by utilizing the special enrollment form on the Graduate School’s website (located under Miscellaneous forms), or a request for credit type change has been made during the current semester of enrollment (before rosters are released and final grades have been assigned).  These credits would appear on the graduate record in KSIS and may count toward the graduate program regardless of when they are taken, if they are listed on the POS. 
  • Change in Status.  The student's status will change from undergraduate to graduate once the student is formally admitted to the program with the start semester listed on the Graduate Application.  Taking courses for graduate credit using the Special Enrollment Form starts their graduate career/record, but their status remains undergraduate until the requested Graduate Application start semester.  The student needs to be very careful to select the correct starting semester on the application.  Generally, they should select the beginning of the last semester of their undergraduate degree if they receive federal financial assistance contingent on their undergraduate status to minimize the financial loss once this status change is made. 
  • All credits listed on the Program of Study cannot be older than 7 years
  • No exceptions to the above.  The Graduate School will not move classes between the undergraduate and graduate records in KSIS once the class roster has been closed and a grade has been assigned.