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Combined Bachelor's + Master's FAQ
Looking for more information on the combined bachelor's + master's program? Check out these frequently asked questions.
What constitutes eligibility?
Applicants may come from any DePaul
undergraduate major. You must have completed
88 credits and have a minimum GPA of 3.20 overall at time of application. No prior coursework in WRD beyond the
100-level is necessary.
What are the deadlines for application?
The program has rolling admissions deadlines.
To begin in Autumn, submit by April 15; to begin in Winter, submit by November
15; to begin in Spring, submit by February 15.
The program is optimized for students who begin in Autumn Quarter, but
you will be at no disadvantage if you begin in Winter or Spring Quarters.
What happens once I am accepted?
Once your application is approved, your
Program Plan will reflect your status as a Combined Program Student. Professor Vandenberg will notifiy you of your
acceptance, and you will meet with him to discuss enrollment in your first
Why should I want to combine my current major with the MA in WRD?
MA in WRD is DePaul’s premier graduate program for students who wish to teach
writing in college English or writing departments, and those who intend to
pursue jobs that require intensive writing in industry and non-profits. You’re
encouraged to review the MA in WRD program explanation and requirements and visit the WRD blog to learn more about the
value of the MA program.
I’m interested, but I am already a senior. Is it too late for me?
Not necessarily. The key issues are whether you have room in your
Open Electives category for the WRD graduate courses, or whether your current
major advisor would allow WRD graduate courses to count for your major. You’re advised to make an appointment with
WRD’s Combined Degree Coordinator, Professor Vandenberg, to review options. He will assist you in corresponding or
speaking with your current major advisor as necessary.