FIVE-YEAR PROGRAMS

Now you can go from high school diploma to master’s degree in just five years.

EARLY ENTRY DUAL ENROLLMENT PROGRAMS

Thanks to Bellarmine’s Early Entry Dual Enrollment programs, you can earn your bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just five years.

A master’s degree on top of a Bellarmine bachelor’s degree can position you to put your career on the fast track early.

Here’s how it works:

If you meet admission requirements, you’ll work with your adviser to develop your five-year plan. Most students begin taking master’s level courses in their senior year. Master’s level courses typically replace free elective credits. The master’s programs available are listed below.

 

Master's Degree in Business Administration (MBA)

The Five-Year MBA program offers an opportunity for undergraduate students to complete their baccalaureate degree along with a Master’s in Business Administration in five years. Students with any undergraduate major are eligible for this dual program. Those who meet admission requirements (grade point average and GMAT score) may be admitted to our AACSB accredited MBA program in their junior year. Most will begin taking MBA classes in their senior year. Up to fifteen MBA course credit hours may be substituted for requirements for any Bellarmine undergraduate degree. In most cases, the MBA courses may replace up to 15 credits of undergraduate free elective credits. Undergraduates majoring in business disciplines may replace up to 15 hours of required undergraduate coursework with MBA courses.

The Bachelor’s degree is conferred at the end of the fourth year upon completion of the required 126 credit hours. The remaining 24 hours of MBA course work will be completed during the following summer, fall, and spring semesters. Dual degree candidates are eligible for admission in either the weeknight or weekend tracks of the MBA program.

Dual UG/MBA students pay their normal undergraduate tuition while completing the baccalaureate degree. MBA tuition is paid starting after completion of undergraduate degree.

Highlights:

  • The program is 39 credit hours, with no prerequisites. The curriculum consists of ten core courses, two MBA electives and an international business requirement. The program and courses are described in more detail here.
  • Three fundamental threads run throughout the Bellarmine MBA program: (a) strategic thinking, (b) social responsibility and ethics, and (c) business history and philosophy.
  • Business Analytics is threaded through courses in economics, accounting, finance and marketing. This is a cohort and team based program. That means that for the core coursework, all students move through the core curriculum together in teams of four or five students with complementary strengths.

For more information, please contact:
Frank Raymond, Ph.D.
Associate Dean & MBA Director
The Rubel School of Business
(502) 272-8487 or fraymond@bellarmine.edu

You can also join us for one of our upcoming lunch and learns where we will discuss our Five-Year MBA program. Visit our MBA details page to view dates and to RSVP.  

Master’s Degrees in the School of Communication

Students from any discipline at Bellarmine are eligible to apply for early entry into the two Master’s degree programs in the School of Communication. This allows students to complete Master’s level courses during their senior year and obtain both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in 5 years, all while getting a major discount and advancing their career prospects.

These degrees complement an undergraduate degree in the Liberal Arts and set students on the path to success. A recent study by Burning Glass Technologies* identified that those who can add social media, and graphic design to their resumes improve their chances of getting hired (and getting a bigger salary upon being hired).

How it works:

Students apply during junior year with a minimum 3.2 GPA in any major and at least a B in Phil 101 and Math 200/205. They take four graduate level courses at the undergraduate tuition rate and complete final six courses upon completing the Bachelor’s degree. Four courses count toward the undergraduate degree, meaning there is a nearly $9,000 discount on a graduate degree.

The Master of Arts in Communication (MAC)

In the MAC program, students will apply communication theory to contemporary organizational and social issues, and they’ll explore ethical and legal issues related to communication across all media. This program can be customized to fit your specific research interests and future career path.

The Master of Science in Digital Media (MSDM)

In the (MSDM) program, students will create, evaluate and utilize contemporary tools of communication, and they will explore digital innovations that are changing the way we do business. This program allows you to build a digital portfolio that will give you the competitive edge in the job market.

*The GRE is not required for admission to either program


For more information:

Michael Strawser, M.Div., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Programs
School of Communication
(502) 272-7964 or mstrawser@bellarmine.edu
 

Master of Health Science Health Promotion and Social Change

Students in the Exercise Science program Health and Wellness or Sport Performance tracks may apply for early entry to the Master of Health Science Health Promotion and Social Change track.

Interested Exercise Science majors should apply during their junior year.

Admitted students complete 12 credit hours of graduate coursework during their senior year. They complete the remaining 18 credit hours in the summer, fall, and spring earning their MHS one year after finishing their bachelor’s degree.


For more information:

Karen Golemboski, Ph.D., MLS (ASCP)CM
Professor of Medical Laboratory Science
Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences
(502) 272-8387 or kgolemboski@bellarmine.edu

Master of Science in Athletic Training

Highly qualified students in the Exercise Science program Sport Performance track may apply for early entry to the Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT). Students must have a minimum pre-requisite GPA of 3.0 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 to be considered for admission to the MSAT.

Interested Exercise Science majors should apply during their junior year.

Students must complete all pre-requisite, general education and major courses and a minimum of 90 credit hours prior to entering the professional program. Early entry students will receive the Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science degree after completing all general education requirements, program pre-requisites and the first year of the professional program. The university awards the Master of Science in Athletic Training upon completion of the professional program.


For more information:

Dr. Myra Stockdale ATC, LAT
Associate Professor of Athletic Training
MSAT Program Director and Chair
School of Movement and Rehabilitation Sciences
(502) 272-7614 or mstockdale@bellarmine.edu

Master of Health Science in Healthcare Leadership

Students in the Medical Laboratory Science Practitioner track may apply for early entry to the Master of Health Science Healthcare Leadership track.

Interested MDLS majors should apply during their junior year.

Admitted students complete 15 credit hours of graduate coursework during their senior year. They complete the remaining 15 credit hours in the summer, fall, and spring earning their MHS one year after finishing their bachelor’s degree.


For more information:

Karen Golemboski, Ph.D., MLS (ASCP)CM
Professor of Medical Laboratory Science
Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences
(502) 272-8387 or kgolemboski@bellarmine.edu