Combined Pathway Guidelines for Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

Guidelines for combined bachelor’s and master’s degrees pathways at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa were approved in February 2017. By establishing formalized degree pathways leading to master’s degrees, the University hopes to recruit and retain competitive students to Mānoa and increase the number of students who earn advanced degrees. Guidelines were developed and reviewed by the OVCAA, the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Graduate Education, Graduate Council, Mānoa Deans, and the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education. Advantages to the student include: a) allowing up to 9 credits (two 600-level courses and one 400-level course) across the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs; b) undergraduate students can begin graduate-level work at undergraduate tuition rates.

If your program is interested in developing an accelerated degree pathway, review the guidelines and contact Dean of Graduate Education, Krystyna Aune, and/or Program Officer, Wendy Pearson, in the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs office.


Credits: Minimum 141 credits total for both bachelor’s and master’s degree with a minimum of 21 hours of
master’s coursework (inclusive of thesis or capstone hours) not double counted.

Double counting: Nine (9) credits identified by the program may be double-counted for both the bachelor’s
and master’s degree including two (2) 600-level courses and up to one (1) 400-level course. Courses to be
double counted should be taken at UHM (not transferred in from another university). Courses to be double
counted should not include x99 courses, practicum, internship, or related courses.

Thesis/Non-thesis: At least 12 credits at the 600-level or above for thesis option, or 18 credits at 600-level or
above for non-thesis (capstone) option, excluding 699 and 700, must be completed for the master’s program.
Eligibility and Application: Eligibility and deadlines may vary by program, but generally would be due near the
beginning of the junior year (5th semester). Students must submit the Graduate Admissions Application and
fee as well as all required program admission materials, including GRE/GMAT, etc. if required by the program.
Programs must identify “gateway” course(s) that are part of the bachelor’s program that must be passed with
a minimum grade of B or higher in order to be considered for admission.

Admission: Students receive notice of “Early Admission” in spring of the junior year (6th semester). Fall of
Senior Year (7th semester) students begin the double-counted coursework at undergraduate tuition rate and
are considered dual program students.

Bachelor’s Degree: The bachelor’s degree would be conferred after successful completion of all coursework
required, including meeting UH Mānoa’s upper division credit requirement (currently 45 credits) for the
undergraduate degree. (Ideally the 8th semester).

Graduate Enrollment: Student begins 9th semester as “graduate student” and continues the program at
graduate tuition rate.

Leaves of Absence: Should a student take a leave of absence (LOA), the undergraduate process would follow
until the undergraduate degree is conferred. For graduate students, once classified, they would need to be
enrolled in at least one semester before being eligible to take a LOA.

Approval: The Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs will approve combined degree pathways upon the
recommendation of the Office of Graduate Education (Graduate Council), Office of Undergraduate Education,
and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Please consult with Krystyna Aune, Dean of
Graduate Education, and Wendy Pearson, Academic Program Officer, for more information.