Chatham University

Integrated Degree Program

Earn your spot for a graduate degree from day one.

It goes without saying that both job markets and graduate degree programs are increasingly more competitive, and especially so in certain fields like the health sciences. Every chance you have to make yourself - and your credentials - more competitive is important. So that's why Chatham has made getting a leg up with an advanced degree clearer, quicker, and more affordable with the Integrated Degree Program (IDP).

When students declare an IDP interest, they align themselves with certain benefits that have significant academic and financial value:

  1. Guaranteed admission to Chatham's competitive graduate programs in the School of Health Sciences, Falk School of Sustainability, and School of Arts, Science, and Business;
  2. Ability to take graduate classes during their senior year of undergraduate studies;
  3. Opportunity to complete bachelor's and master's degree programs sooner, in some cases earning both in as little as five years; and
  4. Significant cost savings as compared to traditional master's completion.

Download the Integrated Degree Program Onesheet for more information about recommended undergraduate/graduate program combinations and maintaining guaranteed admission.

Programs in the School of Health Sciences

Highly qualified first year applicants to Chatham University are eligible for guaranteed or preferred admission to Chatham's integrated undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the following competitive health and lab science programs:

Health Science

Science

Admission Requirements

Students meeting the following conditions will be considered for guaranteed admission:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5
  2. Minimum SAT (critical reading + math) of 1200 or ACT composite of 26 for health sciences program or 1100 SAT or 24 ACT for science programs
  3. Seven science/math high school units
  4. Full application review including college preparation curriculum, extracurricular involvement and application essay
  5. Transfer students submit: final official high school transcript, official SAT/ACT scores and college transcript from all institutions attended.

Admission Notification

Students will receive admission notification within one month of application completion. Decisions may include:

  • Guaranteed acceptance for IDP
  • Preferred Admission to IDP
  • Acceptance to Chatham with opportunity to reapply to IDP program during sophomore or junior year at Chatham

Five-Year Completion for Health Science programs

For well-qualified IDP students in the Physician Assistant and Occupational Therapy programs, as well as the Counseling Psychology and Infant Mental Health programs.

  • Cost Saving: One fewer year can equal 30% cost savings as compared to earning degrees separately.
  • Time Saving: Six years of education in as few as five years, giving you an impactful extra year of early earning potential.

Programs in the School of Arts, Science & Business and Falk School of Sustainability

A limited number of seats have been reserved for undergraduate students interested in guaranteed admission to graduate studies in IDPs at Chatham University. These include:

Admission Requirements

Students meeting the following conditions will be considered for guaranteed admission:

  1. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
  2. Minimum SAT (critical reading + math) of 1010 or ACT composite of 21
  3. Full application review including college preparation curriculum, extracurricular involvement and application essay
  4. Transfer students submit: final official high school transcript, official SAT/ACT scores and college transcript from all institutions attended.

Admission Notification

Students will receive admission notification on a rolling basis. Decisions may include:

  • Guaranteed acceptance for IDP
  • Preferred Admission to IDP
  • Acceptance to Chatham University with opportunity to reapply to IDP program during sophomore or junior year at Chatham

IDP ADMISSION FOR TRANSFER STUDENTS AND STUDENTS WHO DO NOT MEET ACADEMIC PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Students who perform well during their academic career at Chatham and students who transfer to Chatham may be considered for preferred admission to Chatham Integrated Degree Programs.

Incoming students should contact the Office of Admission or consult their academic advisor as early as possible in their undergraduate studies for guidance in developing an appropriate undergraduate course of study.

TRANSFER STUDENTS: Transfer students may be considered for guaranteed admission on a case by case basis. All academic requirements must be met including minimum high school GPA and SAT/ACT test scores. Select the Integrated Degree Program option on the application and select the program you wish to pursue when you submit your application.

CURRENT STUDENTS: Ensure your academic advisor is aware of your Integrated Degree Program interest as early in your academic career as possible. Be familiar with graduate program prerequisites and plan accordingly. In your junior year at Chatham (end of sophomore year for teaching), you will formally apply to the graduate program of your choice and complete the Chatham University Office of Admission's Accelerated Graduate Program Academic Advisor Recommendation Form for the specific graduate program that interests you. If accepted, you will begin to supplement some of your undergraduate courses with graduate level coursework during your senior year.

Students are required to have completed 108 undergraduate credits, including all general education requirements, undergraduate program requirements and graduate program prerequisites.

Partnerships

In addition to graduate programs at Chatham, we have partnered with Carnegie Mellon University to offer additional programs for our IDP students. You will receive your bachelor's degree from Chatham and your master's degree from one of our partner institutions.

H. John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University

During your junior year at Chatham, you can apply to any of these Heinz College programs:

Once accepted, you will take courses at both Chatham and the Heinz College during your senior year.

The Graduate Admission Process

In your Junior year at Chatham (end of sophomore year for teaching), you will formally apply to the graduate program of your choice. If accepted, you will begin to supplement some of your undergraduate courses with graduate level coursework during your Senior year.

If you have any questions, please reach out to an admissions counselor at 800-837-1290.