Our Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) Program provides the opportunity for top students to enroll simultaneously in an undergraduate and graduate program. Students can apply a maximum of 16 credits towards both an undergraduate and a graduate degree in the student's major field. Students electing AGRADE programs may expect to complete the bachelor's and master's degrees in five years of full-time study.
Students must apply for an AGRADE program during the semester that they earn 90 credit hours toward an undergraduate degree - typically during junior year. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA at the cum laude level (20th percentile, or a minimum of 3.5) and not less than a 3.6 GPA in the major courses already completed.
For more details about the AGRADE program, students should contact the undergraduate advisor of their major department or the Graduate Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-577-2516.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Accelerated Graduate Enrollment (AGRADE) program enables qualified seniors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to enroll simultaneously in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the College and apply a maximum of 16 credits towards both an undergraduate and graduate degree in the student's major field. Students who elect the AGRADE program may expect to complete the bachelor's and master's degrees in five years of full-time study. This allows students to save both time and money as they pursue their undergraduate and graduate degrees, making the most of their experiences at Wayne State.
Outline of the AGRADE program
AGRADE credit hours
Students may elect a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 16 AGRADE credits. These will be used to complete the baccalaureate degree as well as to serve as the beginning of graduate study. Upon formal admission to a master's degree program, AGRADE courses are treated as if they were graduate credits transferred from a graduate program at another university. The remaining graduate credits required for the master's degree will be earned in the usual manner following formal admission to the graduate program.
The College's AGRADE program is administered by the Graduate Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The College's Graduate Office accepts students to the AGRADE program upon recommendations from departments, and processes all necessary forms to make sure that students receive credit for the graduate level AGRADE courses that they may take during their undergraduate years. Departments will also monitor the progress of AGRADE students, and advise them about coursework and when to apply for their graduate program of choice. Advisors and students who have questions about the AGRADE program can contact the Graduate Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at email@example.com or 313-577-2516.
Time of application
The earliest a student may apply for the AGRADE Program is the semester in which he/she completes 90 credit hours towards the undergraduate degree. Students should consult with their undergraduate advisor in their major department to seek advice about the appropriate time to apply for AGRADE status.
AGRADE applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 or better. Applicants are also expected to have performed at a superior level in the major, as determined by the department, and the required GPA in the major shall not be less than 3.6 at the time of application.
Departmental participation in AGRADE
The following Departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences participate in the AGRADE program:
- Biological Sciences
- Biomedical Physics
- Criminal Justice
- Nutrition & Food Science
- Political Science
- Public Affairs
- Romance Languages
- Urban Studies & Planning
Some departments of the College may choose not to participate in the AGRADE program, as it is up to the individual department whether to accept AGRADE students. For more information about active AGRADE programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students and advisors can contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-577-2516.
Students should always consult their undergraduate advisor and the Graduate Director in their major department to find out about how to apply to AGRADE. Many departments will require that AGRADE applicants submit all of the application materials required for normal graduate admission. Specific details of the department's normal admissions procedures can be found in the Wayne State University Graduate Bulletin or in the Graduate Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
For departments in which the GRE is required for admission to a master's program, it is expected that this exam will be taken at the normal time (i.e., as students finish their undergraduate degrees and apply for their master's only year). Admission into AGRADE status does not require receipt of GRE scores.
AGRADE plan of work
Once a department accepts a student into AGRADE, the student and the Graduate Director will complete an AGRADE plan of work that designates which graduate courses will be taken during the student's undergraduate program. An AGRADE plan of work is a master's plan of work which designates the type of master's degree being chosen (Plan A, B, or C) and the courses that the student will complete during their master's program (both during AGRADE as an undergraduate and as a master's student upon graduation from their undergraduate program). AGRADE plans of work should be submitted to the Graduate Office in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at email@example.com.
Upon receipt of an AGRADE plan of work, the Graduate Office in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will formally accept students into AGRADE status, as long as they meet the minimum criteria for the AGRADE program and have departmental approval. AGRADE plans of work must be on file in the Graduate Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences no later than the 2nd week of classes for new applicants.
Registration for approved AGRADE coursework is no different from normal registration procedures. If any approved courses are at the 7000 or 8000 level, the student may have to obtain a registration override from the department. If a student enrolls in upper-division courses in which both undergraduate and graduate students participate, AGRADE students will be held to the course standards required of the graduate students.
Receipt of bachelor's degree
AGRADE students will receive their bachelor's degree at the normal time after they have completed all undergraduate requirements and have applied for graduation. Students should work with the undergraduate advisor in their major department to ensure completion of the undergraduate degree.
Graduate courses taken as part of the AGRADE program carry undergraduate tuition. This is a major benefit of AGRADE enrollment. Once students graduate from their Bachelor's program, they will pay graduate level tuition for the remainder of their master's degree programs.
Transfer of courses
Because grades of "B-", "C" and "D" are treated differently at the graduate and undergraduate levels, only those AGRADE-approved courses in which the student subsequently earns a "B" or higher will transfer to the graduate transcript. Graduate course grades will be transferred to students' master's only transcripts upon completion of their first master's only semester.
Students accepted into AGRADE status will be assigned a graduate advisor in their major department. They will also retain their undergraduate advisor while they are finishing up their Bachelor's degree.
Upon acceptance into AGRADE status by the department and college, the Liberal Arts and Sciences Graduate Office will process an AGRADE curriculum code for the student. Students' records will then carry an AGRADE designation for the duration of their undergraduate program.
Final approval of graduate status
At the normal time during the senior year, the student will be reviewed for formal admission into the department's graduate program. All materials required by the department for regular admission must be available at this time. Under normal circumstances, approval of AGRADE status will be followed by formal acceptance into the graduate program. AGRADE students must formally apply to the master's program in their major department as they complete their Bachelor's degree, in order to enter into their master's only semesters at Wayne State.
Students who drop the AGRADE program at any time prior to completion of the master's degree will not have AGRADE courses posted on a graduate transcript.
Courses already on the student's transcript at the time of application cannot be approved for AGRADE status. Students who have already completed the baccalaureate degree are not eligible for AGRADE status.
For more information about AGRADE programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, students and advisors can contact the Graduate Office of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at firstname.lastname@example.org or 313-577-2516.