Students with a GPA of 3.5 or better planning to pursue graduate work at the University of Pittsburgh may want to consider of of the early admission options for graduate study. These options allow students to use their first twenty-four credits of graduate work as the last twenty-four elective credits of their undergraduate program. The following graduate schools at Pitt allow this option in conjunction with the College of General Studies degree program:
- Must be superior graduate school candidates and be admitted to the Pitt graduate program. Admissions requirements can be obtained from the graduate schools.
- Must have completed a minimum of ninety-six credits toward the CGS degree, including all general education and major requirements, before the graduate program begins. In addition, the last thirty of the ninety-six undergraduate credits should be taken in CGS. Satisfactory completion of these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the graduate program. This decision is made by the graduate program.
- The graduate program must include at least twenty-four credits of graduate-level coursework. Students must earn a B or better grade in all graduate coursework. (S or H grades in the MSL program)
- Twenty-four credits is the maximum number of graduate credits that can be used to fulfill elective requirements of the undergraduate degree. A student may seek to use fewer than twenty-four graduate credits toward their elective credits if they have already partially fulfilled their elective requirements.
Note: Students who choose this option must be aware that enrolling as a graduate student may affect their financial aid package. Students are responsible for contacting the Financial Aid Office regarding this issue.
Graduate School of Public and International Affairs Five-Year Accelerated Program
High-achieving University of Pittsburgh juniors (and in some cases, first-semester seniors) in CGS may apply early to Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. If admitted, they may enroll at GSPIA in what normally would have been their senior years, allowing them to complete both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a total of five years. Special eligibility requirements apply.
Graduate School of Public Health Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program
This early admission master's program seeks outstanding University of Pittsburgh undergraduates who want to become public health professionals. Students must have completed all undergraduate requirements except for elective courses by the end of their junior year. If accepted to the program, they will no longer be registered as an undergraduate after their junior year but rather as a Pitt Public Health student, and will take Pitt Public Health courses. Approximately twenty-four credits of these courses will serve as your undergraduate elective credits and will complete the requirements for your bachelor's degree.