Combined Bachelor's-Master's Program (CBMP)

Combined Bachelor's-Master's Program (CBMP)


Undergraduate students at KSU can apply to our Master of Arts (M.A.) program after graduating with their B.S. degree or through the CBMP, as long as they have completed 90 or more credit hours. Admission criteria to the M.A. program are the same for both of these paths. 


The CBMP has two advantages:

  1. Students can begin to take graduate classes prior to completing all of their undergraduate classes. This makes more efficient use of their time.
  2. Students can count up to 9 hours of graduate coursework toward the electives section of their undergraduate degree. This saves up to 9 hours worth of tuition costs at the undergraduate level.

Students in the CBMP graduate with their B.S. degree as soon as those requirements are completed (often after their first semester in graduate school).  


Kent State Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPA) majors who are current undergraduates anticipating December or May graduation, post-baccalaureate students, or Kent State SPA students who have graduated in good standing within 12 months of the application deadline, are permitted to apply for Spring admission to our M.A. Program in Speech-Language Pathology. Applications are to be completed through the CSDCAS by October 1st, choosing the Spring start option. Finalists will be invited to complete an interview as part of the application process.  The university online application is required only if accepted and attending the program.  PLEASE NOTE THE GRE IS NO LONGER REQUIRED. 

Kent State SPA students accepted for Spring admission (Kent State undergraduates only), who wish to combine their final semester of undergraduate study with their first semester of graduate study will need to indicate "yes" in the university application system when asked if they wish to apply to the combined baccalaureate-master's program (CBMP). These applicants must also submit a completed CBMP form. Students should have their academic advisor in SPA inspect the form prior to putting it in Mrs. Vicki Neading's mailbox in the Kent State Speech and Hearing Clinic. 

To be eligible to combine the undergraduate and graduate credits, students must have a minimum of 90 credit by the end of the Fall semester preceding the program start. The date to have all application materials in for the Kent State undergraduate Spring admission program is October 1. Please consult with your Kent State academic advisor to assess whether you are eligible to combine undergraduate and graduate credits. Students graduating in December or 12 months prior to the anticipated program start date are eligible to apply for the Spring M.A. Program admission.