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.

Three-year Undergraduate Program in Interior Architecture

Chatham's three-year Bachelors of Interior Architecture degree prepares students for a career in interior design. The curriculum includes 120 semester credits of general education requirements, foundation courses in interior architecture, and electives, without summer study. Students completing the three-year bachelor's program may continue their studies at Chatham and pursue the Master of Science in Interior Architecture degree. This degree can be completed in one year thereby providing students with the opportunity to earn a bachelor"s and master's degree in four years. IAR students must earn a C or better in all required IAR courses.

Collaborative Programs: Carneige Mellon University

CMU'S JOHN HEINZ III COLLEGE

Well qualified Chatham University students may apply to an accelerated master's program offered through Chatham University and Carnegie Mellon University"s H. John Heinz III College (Heinz). This is a 4+ 1 program. During their senior year at Chatham students take coursework at both Chatham and CMU to begin graduate studies. After graduating from Chatham the students complete their masters at CMU usually with one more additional year of study.

Students will apply by January 10 of their junior year for admission at the beginning of their senior year. To apply, students must take the GRE (or GMAT), complete an application form (including essay and resume) and submit transcripts from all universities attended along with three letters of recommendation.

Programs of Study at Heinz

CERTIFICATION PROGRAM IN MUSIC EDUCATION WITH CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

In order to provide an opportunity for students with an interest in Music Education, a cooperative program in Music Education Certification has been established with Carnegie Mellon University. At Chatham, students take the courses required for the Music major. Concurrently, at Carnegie Mellon, student's cross-register for the courses required for certification in Music Education. In four years, upon successful completion of all courses in both programs, students receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Certification in Music Education.

COLLABORATION IN TEACHER TRAINING WITH CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

To advance the professional training of teachers, Chatham University and Carnegie Mellon University have established a five-year program open to qualified students. Students accepted in this program complete bachelor's degrees at CMU while also completing the requirements for teaching certification at Chatham. In the fifth year, students complete a Master of Arts in Teaching at Chatham.

BA AND BS IN PHYSICS WITH CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Chatham University offers both B.A. and B.S. degrees in physics in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

This major prepares students for graduate or engineering study or for employment in industry. Students take first-year physics requirements and mathematics courses at Chatham; upper-level physics requirements and electives are taken at CMU through a special cross-registration agreement. Students also may choose to seek certification in physics at the secondary level by completing the appropriate courses in the education program at Chatham. A minor in physics is not available.

To complete this major, students should plan to register for both Calculus and Physics during the first semester of the first year. Integrative Capstone work will be done at CMU with collaboration between Chatham and CMU faculties.

Duquesne University

Well qualified Chatham University students may apply to Duquesne University School of Law after completing three years at Chatham for acceptance in to the 3+3 Law school program.

To apply students must

  1. Earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 for three years at Chatham University (90 credit hours)
  2. Completion of the Chatham Core courses, all of the foundation courses and 25% of the requirements in the undergraduate curricular major field at Chatham University
  3. A minimum LSAT score in the 60th percentile on the applicable LSAT. It is assumed that the LSAT will be taken in the Fall of the student"s third year at Chatham University, however, by request, a student may defer taking the LSAT until the Spring of his or her third year. Students may take the LSAT more than once;
  4. In-person interview with Chatham University Committee followed by Recommendations to a selection committee appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chatham

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.