Chatham University

Degrees & Programs

Integrated Degree Programs

Earn your spot for a graduate degree from day one.

For the first time, Chatham students have the opportunity to guarantee admission into Chatham's competitive School of Health Sciences graduate programs through Integrated Degree programs (IDP). Non-health sciences students can participate in IDPs as well and earn a bachelor's degree in the major of their choice along with a master's degree from Chatham or a local partnering university in as little as five years. The Integrated Degree 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. Click for more information.

Self-designed Majors/Minors

  • Self-Designed Program brochure

At Chatham, students can personalize their curriculum by self-designing a major or minor in consultation with their 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. Students prepare proposals for their minors that include the titles, statements of their educational goals, and lists of courses that will be included in the minors. The proposals must be submitted to faculty members 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.