Molly Bremer
Former BS/MS student Molly Bremer in Ecuador during a winter session study abroad.

HNFE offers an accelerated degree program for exceptional HNFE undergraduate students who wish to earn a M.S. degree with an additional year of study.

  • Talk to your HNFE professors about their research, interest in working with B.S./M.S. students, and availability in upcoming years
  • Volunteer for undergraduate research projects
  • Contact faculty with common research interests

If you are interested in our B.S./M.S. program and meet eligibility requirements, contact Michelle Rockwell for more information.


How does the program work?

  • Most students are able to complete their M.S. degree within 12 months of completing their B.S. degree.
  • B.S./M.S. students have the same expectations as traditional M.S. students in terms of required coursework, independent research, completing a thesis, etc.
  • Students may double-count up to 12 course credit hours during their final undergraduate year toward both degrees (with some restrictions).

Eligibility:

  • Be a junior or senior in the final 12 months of undergraduate degree
  • 3.4 overall GPA
  • Have undergraduate research background (highly desirable)
  • Secure a faculty advisor:
    Talk to your HNFE professors about their research, interest in working with B.S./M.S. students, and availability in upcoming years
    Volunteer for undergraduate research projects
    Contact faculty with common research interests

How do I apply?

  1. Make sure the program fits your goals/needs.
  2. It is your responsibility to secure a faculty advisor; no students are admitted to the HNFE graduate program without one.
  3. Obtain a signed DARS from your undergraduate advisor indicating you are on track to graduate with the B.S. degree.
  4. Apply to the VT Graduate School during spring of your junior year (by June 1).
    1. You must be accepted into the program BEFORE any courses can be double-counted.
    2. Select your M.S. start date as the semester following completion of your B.S. degree.
  5. Complete the Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Degree and Course Designation form to assign which courses you would like the graduate school to double-count for credit, and then submit this form to Madlyn Frisard, Graduate Program Director.