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What is the accelerated five-year dual degree program?

The program was created to support undergraduate students with top academic standing in continuing their education at Hood College to earn a master’s degree in addition to their undergraduate degree within 5 years. Working in tandem, the student’s advisor from their undergraduate major of study and the graduate program director will ensure that the proper sequence of undergraduate coursework is completed to ensure a smooth transition into the graduate program.

How many students are enrolled in each program?

There are about 130 MBA students—enough that students are able to build a significant network of business contacts, but small enough that course sizes average in the teens.

Is there a limit to how many students may enroll?

No.

Are transfer students eligible? If so, how does that work?

Absolutely! Transfer students will need to mention their interest to their advisors upon enrollment at the college. Courses are sequenced so that a motivated student could complete the needed course work in as few as three semesters.

What undergraduate majors are eligible to participate in the program?

All majors are eligible to participate. Check the catalog to see if there is a designated advisor for your major.

What are the admission requirements?

Students would need to complete their undergraduate coursework with a minimum 2.75 GPA.

Do I need to maintain my GPA at certain level to stay in the program?

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 GPA.

How are courses sequenced?

Graduate courses are planned on a repeating two-year schedule. You will work with the MBA director to plan your course sequence and you will know the exact dates and times of all courses from start to graduation.

When do I actually start taking graduate level courses?

You will start taking MBA courses upon completion of your undergraduate degree. Typically in the summer or semester following graduation.

When will my status change to graduate student status?

Upon completion of your undergraduate studies.

How many credits do I have to take each semester?

You will be required to complete 12 credits each fall and spring semester and six credits in each of two summer sessions, which can be completed over the course of one or two summers.

Can I take a hiatus or leave of absence between my fourth and fifth year and still complete my master’s degree by the end of the fifth year?

If you start the program in the fall semester, you would complete your degree at the end of the summer.

Can I get financial support as a five-year student?

You will be considered a graduate student in your fifth year. Financial aid eligibility for graduate students is limited to Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loans and private alternative loans only.

Does the cost per semester change in year four or year five?

If you are an MBA student in year five, the Graduate School tuition/fee rates apply.

Are five-year students eligible for graduate assistantships?

Please check with the Graduate School regarding graduate assistantships.

Is campus housing available for the fifth year?

Fifth-year campus housing is available, as either single-rooms or apartments, for dual-degree students who have been housed on campus during their undergraduate coursework.

What does a five-year program schedule look like?

This sample schedule was designed to guide and to give students a sense of the course load and intensity. Advisors will work with students to tweak the schedule based on their chosen concentration.