U2G Undergrad to Grad

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Often referred to by such names as 4+1s, 3+2s, or dual degrees, undergraduate-to-graduate (U2G) programs are an important part of the UI landscape. These programs provide students with the opportunity to complete two degrees, a bachelor's and a master's, in five years instead of six.

Frequently asked questions about Iowa's U2G programs. Please see the FAQs for a list of bachelor's degrees paired with master's degrees.

Admission and Acceptance

Student submits an application to the Graduate College Admissions during the first or secondDiagram of U2G path from 3rd year to Grad year semester of their junior year. See links below for specific application requirements for each program.

*Minimum requirements:

  • Completion of 80 s.h.of undergraduate work.
  • Transfer students need to have completed 30 s.h. at the University of Iowa
  • GPA of 3.25.

*Please note: some programs have more stringent requirements, e.g., GRE requirements. Please check with the department for specific requirements.

Students who are accepted into U2G will be notified by their program area. Students will normally receive an acceptance letter during the spring of their junior year.

Senior Year

During the first semester of the U2G program (students' 4th or senior year), students are assessed undergraduate level tuition and fees. Students should follow University deadlines for submitting their undergraduate application for degree.

In the second semester of the U2G program, students are assessed graduate-level tuition and fees. This tuition rate will apply for every semester thereafter.

Students are eligible to apply for teaching and graduate assistantships to fund their academic program in their second semester of the U2G program. Please note that assistantships are competitive and limited. Their availability varies depending on the program.

At the end of their first year, U2G students will have completed all the requirements for their bachelor's degree and may participate in the commencement ceremony for conference of their bachelor's degree.

Grad Year

During their second year of the U2G program, student will enroll fully into their graduate degree program. They will continue with their degree plan of study and should apply for graduation in accordance with the graduation application deadlines.

Program Complete

Once the Master’s degree has been conferred, the program is complete. For some U2G programs, a Master’s degree is considered a terminal degree.

U2G Undergraduate Majors

Different colleges and departments have, in the past, used such names as 4+1s, 3+2s, or dual degrees to describe U2G programs. The list below is an interactive list which allows you to easily see what your undergraduate major is paired with for graduate majors. Click on your major to see the graduate option(s). Then click on the graduate degree to see specific U2G program information. Please note some majors are paired with more than one graduate degree.

In addition, provided that the undergraduate department agrees to the dual credit, the College of Public Health offers a U2G program that will match with any undergraduate major.

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