Degrees & Programs
Accelerated Graduate Program
Chatham students have the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in the major of their choice along with a master's degree in as little as five years. Qualified students may pursue a graduate program at Chatham University or through the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. The Accelerated Graduate Program requires a demanding undergraduate load for three years, followed by full-time graduate studies. Incoming students should contact Admissions or consult their advisors as early as possible in their undergraduate studies for guidance in developing an appropriate undergraduate course of study.
At Chatham College for Women, each student can personalize her curriculum by self-designing a major or minor in consultation with her faculty advisors. The major or minor may be built around a single topic, possibly in disciplines not usually considered related.
The self-designed major must be approved by a committee of three full-time faculty members from the disciplines most closely related to the proposed major. One faculty member on the committee serves as the student's academic advisor. The proposal for a self-designed major that must include, but is not limited to, a statement of educational goals and a detailed plan of study including all courses that would apply to the major. The plan of study must adhere to the following guidelines: (1) the major consists of no fewer than 12 courses, including the two courses of tutorial; (2) no more than one independent study and one internship can be applied toward the major; (3) seven of the 12 courses must be at the 200-level or above. When the proposal has been approved, copies of the student's proposal, signed by the members of her committee, is submitted to the Registrar's office. Any changes to the plan must be approved by the committee.
The self-designed minor consists of a minimum of five courses in an area of study for which a program minor does not exist. The student prepares a proposal for her minor that includes a title, a statement of her educational goals, and a list of courses that will be included in the minor. The proposal must be submitted to a faculty member associated with the discipline most closely related to the proposed minor. When the proposal has been approved, a copy of the student's proposal, signed by the advisor, is submitted to the Registrar's office. Any changes to the plan must be approved by the advisor. No more than two courses may be double counted toward a self-designed minor and a major.