Chatham University

Integrated Degree Program (IDP)

Selecting an Integrated Degree Program (IDP). Applicants who meet the academic standards will automatically be considered for guaranteed admission. To select an IDP, select the Integrated Degree Program option on the undergraduate application and select the corresponding graduate program you wish to pursue.

+IDP in Science & Health Science

A select number of seats have been reserved for highly qualified applicants to Chatham University interested in guaranteed admission pursuing the following competitive programs:

Health Science

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
  • Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
  • Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)
  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MS)
  • Master of Arts in Psychology (MA)

Science

  • Master of Science in Biology (MS)
  • Master of Science in Green Chemistry (MSc)

Admission requirements

High school seniors meeting the following conditions will be considered for guaranteed admission:

  1. Minimum cumulative high school 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
Maintaining guaranteed admission eligibility
  • Health Science students must maintain an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.5 and a pre-requisite GPA of 3.4.
  • Science students must maintain 3.25 undergraduate GPA.
  • Complete the Chatham University Office of Admission’s Application of Intent for the specific health science or science program at the end of the academic year prior to enrollment in the graduate program.
  • Complete a satisfactory interview during the graduate program’s designated interview days.
An academic advisor will work closely with you to ensure that you complete the requirements and prerequisite courses. (A grade of “B” or better in each prerequisite is required for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies and Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program. A grade of “C” or better in each prerequisite is required for the Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Occupational Therapy, Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) science programs).

Admission notification

Students will receive admission notification within one month of application completion. Decisions may include:
  1. Full acceptance to guaranteed admission program
  2. Acceptance to Integrated Degree Program
  3. Acceptance to Chatham University with opportunity to reapply to IDP program during sophomore or junior year at Chatham

+IDP in Business, Creative and Liberal Arts, Education and Sustainability

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

Business

  • Master of Accounting (MAcc)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Creative and Liberal Arts

  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA)
  • Master of Professional Writing (MPW)
  • Master of Fine Arts in Film and Digital Technology (MFA)
  • Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Design (MA/MFA)

Education

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Sustainability

  • Master of Sustainability (MSUS)
  • Master of Arts in Food Studies (MA)

Admission requirements

High school seniors meeting the following conditions will be considered for guaranteed admission:
  1. Minimum cumulative high school 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.

Maintaining guaranteed admission eligibility

  1. Maintain an overall undergraduate 3.25 cumulative Grade Point Average.
  2. Complete the Chatham University Office of Admission’s Application of Intent for the specific graduate program at the end of the academic year prior to enrollment in the graduate program.
  3. Complete a satisfactory interview during the graduate program’s designated interview days.

An academic advisor will work closely with you to ensure that you complete the requirements and prerequisite courses (a grade of “C” or better in each prerequisite is required).

Admission notification

Students will receive admission notification within one month of application completion. Decisions may include:
  • Full acceptance to guaranteed admission program
  • Acceptance to Integrated Degree Program
  • 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 after their first year of college may be considered for preferred admission to Chatham Integrated Graduate 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 with fewer than 30 credits and minimum 3.25 science and overall GPA may be considered for the integrated degree program. 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. 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 Application of Intent 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. If you have any questions, please reach out to an admission counselor at 800-837-1290 or your academic advisor.

+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: Carnegie 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
Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM)
Master of Science in Health Care Policy and Management (MSHCPM)
Master of Science in Information Security Policy and Management (MSISPM)
Master of Arts Management (MAM)
Master of Information Systems Management (MISM)

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.

+Collaborative Programs: 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