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Bachelor's to Master's Program

What could be better than finally earning your bachelor's degree?

Earning up to 12 credits toward your master's degree at the same time.

Thomas Edison State University's Bachelor's to Master's Program enables undergraduate students to earn up to 12 graduate-level credits that they can apply to both their bachelor's and master's degree programs at the undergraduate tuition rate.

The program offers students an accelerated and cost-effective degree completion path while they expand their confidence and familiarity with graduate-level course work. With 12 workforce-responsive master's degree program options — including the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Public Service Leadership (MPSL), Master of Science in Cybersecurity (MSC) and Master of Science in Information Technology (MSIT) program tracks — students will have multiple Bachelor's to Master's Program pathways from which to choose.

Your ability to take advantage of the Bachelor's to Master's program depends on the courses you have already completed and those that can still be applied to your degree program. It is recommended that you have room in your undergraduate degree for the graduate courses aligned with the program and make an appointment to discuss your eligibility with an Academic Advisor.

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Tina Matthews, MALS '18

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Admission and Program Requirements top of page

Thomas Edison State University undergraduate students and prospective students may apply for conditional admission to the Thomas Edison State University graduate program of their choice if they meet the following criteria:

  • they have earned at least 60 undergraduate credits toward a Thomas Edison State University bachelor's degree
  • they have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0
  • they have at least three years of professional experience

Applicants who meet the above requirements and are interested in the Bachelor’s to Master's Program will complete the dedicated BTM Application. Additionally, applicants to the Bachelor’s to Master’s Program are subject to the admission requirements of the Bachelor's to Master's Program, which includes the admission requirements of the University's graduate programs, and includes submitting supplemental documentation along with their application.

It is understood that applicants to the Bachelor to Master’s Program will have not yet completed their bachelor’s degree.

Conditionally admitted students will not be permitted to enroll in graduate courses until they have successfully completed 90 undergraduate credits with an overall Thomas Edison State University GPA of 3.0. Conditionally admitted students may earn up to 12 graduate credits (four courses) to meet requirements for both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. These students will pay undergraduate tuition for the 12 graduate credits (four courses) and must maintain their active undergraduate enrollment status.  Note:  there are recommended courses in each graduate program in which undergraduate students may enroll. Students should check with an advisor for those courses.

Students who do not achieve a 3.0 GPA in their graduate course work will not be permitted to take additional courses. Students who do not complete the 12 credits successfully will have to reapply for admission to graduate study.

Graduate Program Options and Course Requirements top of page

Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate student:

  • LAP-500: The Liberal Arts and Professional Life
  • SAM-501: Sense of Community I: Art and Morality
  • SAM-502: Sense of Community II: Faith and Reason
  • CCR-610: Change, Conflict and Resolution

How these courses apply to the bachelor's degree:
To earn a total of 12 credits at the undergraduate level that can be applied to the MA in Liberal Studies, candidates will need to fit these courses in the general education electives and/or electives sections of their bachelor's degree program. Students enrolled in the BA degree in Liberal Studies can also fit these courses in the area of study section of the degree.
 

Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate student:

  • EDT-500: Foundations of Educational Technology, Theories and Practices
  • EDT-510: Educational Technology in Curriculum Development
  • EDT-520: Leadership and Supervision in Educational Technology
  • OLT-510: Theory and Culture of Online Learning

How these courses apply to the bachelor's degree:
To earn a total of 12 credits at the undergraduate level that can be applied to the MA in Educational Technology and Online Learning, candidates will need to fit these courses in the electives section of their bachelor's degree program.

Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate student:

  • MKM-700: Marketing Management
  • FIN-710: Financial Management
  • SOP-720: Strategic Operations Management
  • MCO-740: Management Communications

How these courses apply to the bachelor's degree:
To earn a total of 12 credits at the undergraduate level that can be applied to Master of Business Administration, candidates will need to fit these courses in the electives section of their bachelor's degree program. Students enrolled in the BSBA degree can also fit these courses in the General Management area of study section of the degree.
 

Students applying for the MPSL have the option of taking any of the core courses in the MPSL (up to 12 credits).  They need to meet with an advisor to determine what is available, which courses will match the student’s academic strengths, and where those credits can be applied in the undergraduate degree:

  • MPL-582 Law, Ethics and Decision Making in the Public Sector
  • MPL-510 Research Methods in Public Service
  • MNP-525 Project Leadership & Communications in Public Service
  • MPL-520 Program Analysis & Evaluation
  • MNP-505 Organizational Management or MNP-530 Human Resources Management for Public Service
  • MPL-580 Public Service Leadership & Governance
  • MSP-674 Municipal Finance

How these courses apply to the bachelor's degree:
Student do not necessarily need to be in a public service undergraduate degree to qualify for this program. This is why it is imperative that students meet with their advisors to determine what credits can be applied where.

Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate student:

  • APS-510: Project Management for Technology
  • APS-602: Managing People in Technology Based Organizations
  • APS-610: Cost Estimation and Financial Management for Engineers and Technologists
  • APS-601: Technology Innovation and Commercialization

How these courses apply to the bachelor's degree:
To earn a total of 12 credits at the undergraduate level that can be applied to the MS degree, candidates will need to fit these courses in the elective section of their bachelor's degree program. Students enrolled in the BS degree with an area of study in Technical Studies, Information Technology or Military Technology Leadership can fit APS-510 in the area of study section of those BS degree programs. Please contact your Academic Advisor for more information.

Students enrolled in the joint Bachelor’s to Master’s Program in Cybersecurity take the following graduate courses as an undergraduate student:

  • CYB-530: Operating Systems Security
  • CYB-570: Cyber Risk Management and Incident Response
  • CYB-580: Cybersecurity Strategy, Governance, and Ethics

To earn a total of 9 credits that can be applied to the Master of Science in Cybersecurity, students enrolled in Bachelor’s to Master’s Program in Cybersecurity at TESU need to take the above graduate courses as substitute courses for the following undergraduate courses:

  • ITS-160: Fundamentals of Modern Operating Systems
  • CYB-421: Cybersecurity Risk Analysis and Management
  • CYB-422: Cybersecurity Policies, Programs, and Compliance

Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate student:

  • DSI-601 or DSI 604 Predictive Analytics 1- Machine Learning Tools (using either R or Python)
  • DSI 602 or DSI 605 Predictive Analytics 2 - Neural Nets and Regression (using either R or Python)
  • DSI-603 or DSI-606 Predictive Analytics 3 - Dimension Reduction, Clustering and Association Rules (using either R or Python)
  • DSI-510 Forecasting


How these courses apply to the bachelor's degree:
Students enrolled in the BS degree in Data Science and Analytics through the Statistics.com partnership can fit these courses in the area of study section of their program. Please contact your academic advisor for more information.

NOTE: This degree program, including all required coursework, is not eligible for federal financial aid.

Students may select four courses:

  • HRM-530: Human Resources Management
  • PJM-510:  Project Management
  • HCM-503: Quality Improvement Strategies
  • HCF-701:  Healthcare Finance
  • HCO-702: Healthcare Management
  • HCL-704:  Legal Issues in Healthcare

How these courses apply to the bachelor's degree:
To earn a total of 12 credits at the undergraduate level that can be applied to the MS in Healthcare Management, candidates pursuing the BSBA in Healthcare Management or the BSBA in General Management will need to fit these courses into the area of study and electives section of their bachelor's degree program.

Student may take the following graduate courses taken as a bachelor’s to master’s student:

  • HLS-500: Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • HLS-510: Protecting the Homeland: Balancing Security and Liberty
  • HLS-620: Preparedness: Prevention and Deterrence
  • HLS-630: Protecting the Homeland: Response and Recovery

How these courses apply to the bachelor's degree:
Student do not necessarily need to be in a public service undergraduate degree to qualify for this program. If they are in the BS in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, these four courses will replace required courses in the BS degree –
It is imperative that students meet with their advisors to determine what credits can be applied where.

Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate student:

  • HRM-540: Lifestyle Benefits and Compensation
  • HRM-610: Human Resources as a Strategic Partner
  • FAM-540: Finance and Accounting for Managers
  • MCO-740: Management Communications

How courses apply to the bachelor's degree:
To earn a total of 12 credits at the undergraduate level that can be applied to the MS in Human Resource Management, candidates will need to fit these courses in the electives section of their bachelor's degree program. Students enrolled in the BSBA degree can also fit these courses in the Human Resources/Organizational Management area of study section of the degree.

Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate student:

  • APS-510: Project Management for Technology
  • MSI-502: Telecommunications and Networking
  • MSI-505: Principles of Database Design
  • MSI-503: Object-Oriented Application Development, or MSI-504: Information Systems Analysis, Modeling and Design

How these courses apply to the bachelor's degree:
To earn a total of 12 credits at the undergraduate level that can be applied to the MSIT degree, students will need to fit these courses in the elective section of their bachelor's degree program. Students enrolled in the BS degree with an area of study in Information Technology can fit these courses in the area of study section of those BS degree programs. Please contact your Academic Advisor for more information.

Students may select four courses:

  • OML-610: Organizational Management and Leadership*
  • OML-620: Organizational Management and Leadership II*
  • OML-630:  Contemporary Issues in Leadership*
  • FAM-540:  Finance and Accounting for Managers
  • MKM-560: Marketing Management
  • MCO-740: Management Communications**

Note:     * MSM.OL or MSM.GEN only

How these courses apply to the bachelor's degree:
To earn a total of 12 credits at the undergraduate level that can be applied to the MS in Management, candidates will need to fit these courses in the electives section of their bachelor's degree program. Students enrolled in the BSBA degree can also fit these courses in the General Management area of study section of the degree.

Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate student are from the 18 core courses in the MSM. Students need to meet with an advisor to determine what is available, which courses will match the student’s academic strengths, and where those credits can be applied in the undergraduate degree.

  • MNP-502 Leadership Management in Public Service in the 21st Century
  • MNP-511 Organizational Research for Public Service
  • MNP-510 Project Management in Public Service (3) or MNP-560: Marketing Management in Public Service
  • MNP-530 Human Resources Management for Public Service
  • MNP-520 Economic Issues for Public Service Managers
  • MNP-540 Finance and Accounting for Managers in Public Service

How these courses apply to the bachelor's degree:
Student do not necessarily need to be in a business or public service undergraduate degree to qualify for this program. This is why it is imperative that students meet with their advisors to determine what credits can be applied where.

How to Get Started top of page

Current TESU Students

First, make an appointment to discuss your eligibility with an Academic Advisor

Then, fill out the Bachelor’s to Master’s Inquiry Form

Applicants and Prospective Students

Contact the Office of Admissions at (609) 777-5680 or admissions@tesu.edu to discuss getting started with Thomas Edison State University.