Concurrent Credit Policy
Concurrent credit makes it possible for academically qualified and motivated students to begin their master’s degree while still an undergraduate student. With appropriate advising and fulfillment of academic standards, students can complete a bachelor’s and fast-track completion of a master’s degree.
Drury University’s Concurrent Credit program allows for students to enroll in 600 level graduate courses while still pursuing a bachelor’s degree. Through the program, eligible undergraduate students may enroll in graduate courses and earn both graduate and undergraduate credit simultaneously.
Any student seeking to pursue a 3+1 or 4+1 program must adhere to the guidelines set forth by the academic department applicable to their specific area of study. Students pursuing the concurrent credit program may apply a maximum of 12 graduate hours toward the 124 hours required for a bachelor’s degree at Drury University. Although a maximum of 12 credit hours may be taken, many programs have lower limits. See the Graduate Catalog for more information.
Tuition for graduate-level courses taken while pursuing a bachelor’s degree will be charged according to the following:
Day School: Students enrolled in 12-17 hours while taking graduate level coursework will be charged at the Day School tuition rate. In the event of an overload (more than 17 hours), graduate courses will be charged at the applicable graduate tuition rate. Reference the Tuition and Fees chart for tuition rates.
CCPS: Courses taken at the graduate level are charged the applicable graduate tuition rate. Reference the Tuition and Fees chart for tuition rates.
Once formally admitted to the graduate program upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, students will pay the graduate tuition rate for their coursework.
Students registering for concurrent credit must complete the Permission to Register for Concurrent Credit. This form must be completed and submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the “last day to enroll” as stated in the Academic Calendar for each semester in order to finalize registration.
Student Eligibility for Early Graduate Admission
Students must apply for the desired 4+1 master’s program after completing 75 hours of coursework. Minimum academic requirements for early acceptance to a qualifying master’s program are:
- Ninety (90) undergraduate credits, 45 of which must have been completed at Drury
- Two (2) upper-division courses in the major area of study
- Overall GPA of 3.5
- Working in conjunction with a program director, students will complete and file a program of study with the Registrar’s Office. Graduate course credit may be applied to the curriculum requirements for an undergraduate major or it may only apply toward the total hour and upper division requirements. The plan of study must be approved by the student’s advisor, the appropriate graduate program director, the department chair or dean of the student’s major area of study, and the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
- Students must meet GPA requirements to stay in the program. If a student earns a C in a graduate course, he/she will be placed on probationary status. A student can be dismissed from the graduate program for failing to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Students failing to remove themselves from scholastic probation within one semester in residence after being placed on scholastic probation may be dismissed.
Early Admission Application Requirements:
- Complete the online application for admission to the College of Graduate Studies no later than the end of the student’s junior year
- Submit a personal statement that explains career goals and reasons applying for the +1 master’s program
- Submit a letter from the appropriate graduate program director stating that he/she has agreed to serve as the student’s faculty advisor for graduate work
- Two (2) letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a university faculty member
- Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, student must fulfill all program-specific admission requirements (pre-requisites and satisfactory GRE or GMAT exam score)