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Bachelor-to-Graduate Programs

Current seniors at Clemson University may be eligible for a Combined Bachelor-to-Graduate Plan. Depending upon individual program offerings, a combined plan may be either a bachelor’s-to-master’s track or a bachelor’s-to-doctoral track, reducing the time required to complete both degrees. You may download a PDF flyer that contains the information below about these programs.

Students use Form GS6-Bachelor-to-Graduate (the form previously called GS6BS/MS) to request participation in either type of plan. Under this plan, students may reduce the time necessary to earn both their bachelor’s and their master’s/doctoral degree by applying graduate credits to both undergraduate and graduate program requirements.

You can find answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Bachelor-to-Graduate plan in the GS Bachelor-to-Graduate FAQ information PDF.

Please note that Clemson University hosts a number of Ph.D. programs that qualify as “direct entry”; that is, students who already hold a bachelor’s degree (from any institution) may apply directly to select doctoral programs with no master’s degree prerequisite. Ph.D. programs which have no undergrad/graduate coursework overlap are not considered Bachelor-to-Graduate, and the GS6-Bachelor-to-Graduate form should not be used for them. To pursue a no-master’s-required Ph.D., applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree should follow the normal Graduate School application procedure.

Participating Bachelor-to-Graduate Programs

Applied Economics & Statistics
Applied Health Research and Evaluation - MS
Architecture (MArch)
Architecture (MS)
Automotive Engineering
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Biological Sciences
Biomedical Data Science and Informatics
Biomedical Engineering
Biosystems Engineering
Chemical Engineering
City and Regional Planning
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Engineering and Science Education
Environmental Engineering and Environmental Health Physics
Environmental Engineering and Science
Food, Nutrition, and Culinary Sciences
Human Resource Development
Industrial Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Mathematical Sciences
Mechanical Engineering
Packaging Science
Parks, Recreation & Tourism Mgt - MS (nonthesis-online)
Parks, Recreation & Tourism Mgt-MS (thesis)
Plant and Environmental Sciences
Public Administration | Online
Real Estate Development
Social Science
Teacher Residency
Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

To be eligible for this plan, students must have completed their bachelor’s curriculum through their junior year (minimum 90 credits)
and have a minimum overall grade point ratio of 3.4. All of the following conditions apply:

  1. 1 A maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate courses may be applied to the bachelor’s program.
  2. 2 The total credit hours taken for the bachelor’s and master’s must be at least 150 credit hours; that is, the credit hours counted towards the bachelor’s degree plus the credit hours taken after the bachelor’s is awarded must total at least 150. For the bachelor’s and Ph.D., the total must be 180 credit hours.
  3. 3 This total may contain a maximum of 6 credit hours of thesis/dissertation research, and all credit hours to be included in the total that are completed after receiving the bachelor’s degree must be in 6000-level or higher courses.
  4. 4 The total course workload for an undergraduate student in any semester that includes a graduate-level course must not exceed 18 hours.
  5. 5 As determined by the participating bachelor’s program, 7000 or 8000-level courses may be substituted for required
    undergraduate courses and 6000, 7000 or 8000-level courses may be applied to the bachelor’s degree as electives or
    technical electives.
  6. 6 Under no circumstances may 6000-level counterparts of 4000-level courses required for the bachelor’s degree be counted toward graduate degree requirements.

Combined Bachelor’s-to-Graduate Plan students are not eligible for graduate appointments for financial aid until their bachelor’s degrees have been awarded. Seniors should consult both their undergraduate academic advisor and the graduate program coordinator of the program they wish to pursue. Students who receive financial aid should check with the Office of Student Financial Aid ( regarding their eligibility for continued assistance while pursuing Combined Bachelor’s-to-Graduate Plan credit hours.

Approval is required by:

  • the student’s advisor
  • the department chair
  • the coordinator of the graduate program, and
  • the Graduate School.

Students should consult their individual academic units for specific requirements.

Fill out the application form to request for combined bachelor’s/master’s education plan

Note: As the GRE exam is a tool used to facilitate admission decisions, the GRE requirement for admissions is eliminated for all students who are approved via Form GS6-Bachelor-to-Graduate to pursue graduate degree programs. Full admittance to the graduate program will occur the academic term following receipt of the bachelor’s degree.