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Bachelor + Master (4+1) Programs

Bachelor + Master (4+1) Programs

The Department of Crop Sciences offers two joint degree programs: a Bachelor of Science in Crop Sciences and non-thesis Master of Science in Crop Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Crop Sciences and non-thesis Master of Science in Crop Sciences. Students enrolled in the joint programs will obtain both degrees following the completion of 146 hours, which is the sum of 126 required to complete the BS degree and 32 hours to complete the MS degree, minus 12 of those hours which will be applied to both degrees.

The benefit of the program will be in allowing students to concurrently receive a BS and a non-thesis MS in Crop Sciences over a period of five years. The program is targeted toward students interested in obtaining graduate training to work in crop production, biotechnology, or other related fields .

Admission Requirements

  • To be eligible, students must be in their junior year of the BS of Crop Sciences or BS of Crop Sciences + Computer Science programs (>60 credit hours completed) with at least one year of undergraduate coursework remaining.
  • Students must have 3.0 or higher overall GPA to receive admission.
  • Admission to this program will occur during the fall and spring terms. The application deadline for fall admission will be March 15th. The deadline for spring admission will be October 15th.
  • Applications for admission will be reviewed by a subgroup of the Crop Sciences Graduate Committee and Undergraduate Teaching Committee. Upon acceptance, students will be admitted to the joint program and meet with their advisor to determine which courses will be taken in their senior year will apply to both degrees.
  • Students in the joint program will then apply to the Graduate College for admission at the time when they have two semesters of coursework remaining. To be admitted to the Graduate College, students must have maintained an overall GPA of 3 .0 or higher. In this way students are formally admitted to the Graduate College following the completion of all undergraduate requirements and will be assessed graduate tuition for the remainder of their program.
  • Students admitted to the graduate program must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA to remain in good standing.
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Questions About Our Bachelor + Master (4+1) Programs?

Scott Bartlett

Kris Nicholas Lambert

Director of Undergraduate Programs
AE120 Turner Hall
1102 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801

Scott Bartlett

Nathan E. Schroeder

MS Academic Advisor
& Director of Graduate Programs
AE-116 Turner Hall
1102 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801