Admissions Requirements and FAQ

Students may enter a +1 Accelerated Program in either the Junior or Senior years. In order to a) meet the guidelines for admission to, and b) maintain standing in a +1 Accelerated Program in the College of Science and Technology, students must:

  • Begin the program between the first semester of the Junior year and the first semester of the Senior year, and continue through the final semester of the Senior year. Transfer students are eligible if they have transferred to Temple no later than second semester of the Junior year.
  • Apply between the second semester of the sophomore year and the second semester of the junior year.
  • Complete a Progress Report or Graduation Review with CST Advising. Students must be able to complete the baccalaureate degree within one (for Senior entrants) or two (for Junior status entrants) years of program entry. Transfer students are eligible for these programs.
  • Take 2-4 graduate courses (up to 12 credits) as part of their undergraduate roster, with the following stipulations:
  1. No more than one graduate course (3-4 credits) in either semester of the junior year
  2. No more than three graduate courses (9 credits) in the senior year
  3. No more than two graduate courses (6 credits) in either semester of the senior year
  • Have a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA before the start of the semester in which they will begin the program and take the first graduate course. Grades will be reviewed prior to the final admission decision. Transfer students directly entering the accelerated program may submit their transfer cumulative GPA.
  • Be a declared major in the designated undergraduate degree.
  • Take graduate courses from the prescribed list only, no exceptions.
  • Maintain full-time undergraduate status and not register for an overload (take no more than 18 credits total per semester).
  • Maintain a 3.00 cumulative GPA throughout the program and earn at least a B grade in each graduate course.
  • Formally apply for admission to the Graduate school in the second semester of the senior year, with the following stipulations:
  1. Students will be required to pay the Graduate School application fee
  2. Students will not need to submit a GRE score
  • Complete the graduate degree in one year after completion of the baccalaureate degree.

 

Application Procedures and Timelines

  • Submit an application BEFORE the start of the semester in which you will begin the program and take the first graduate course:
  1. For a Fall semester start, the application deadline is May 1
  2. For a Spring semester start, the application deadline is December 1
  • As part of the application, the following approvals and documentation are required:
  1. A completed Progress Report or Graduation review in consultation with the Assistant Director of BCE Advising (for programs within the BCE Advising group) or the Assistant Director of CMP Advising (for programs within the CMP Advising group).
  2. Approval from the Graduate Program Director of the graduate degree.
  3. Two letters of support from full-time faculty who can vouch for your readiness for graduate coursework.
  • Reviews and decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Please allow 2-4 weeks depending on volume for a decision.
  • You will be notified of the decision by Temple email.
  • Once admitted to the +1 program you will be able to self-register for your first and subsequent graduate classes.
  • To be formally admitted into the Graduate Program, +1 Accelerated Program participants will be required to submit a formal Graduate School Application by November 1 (for May senior year graduates) or March 1 (for December senior graduates).

 

Application FAQ

Is there a GPA requirement for admission to a +1 program?
Yes. All programs require a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA for admission.  Students with a GPA close to but not yet at 3.25 are still welcome to apply. Applications will be continuously reviewed to take into account new grades and an updated cumulative GPA. 

I am a transfer student. Can I still participate in this program?
Yes. You must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA from the transferring institution. If you are coming in as a Junior year entrant you must have no more than 4 semesters left at Temple. If you are coming in as a Senior year entrant you must no more than 2 semesters left at Temple.

I am a part-time student. Can I still participate in this program?
No. As per University policy regarding +1 Accelerated Programs, all participating students must be full-time.

How many graduate courses will I be taking as an undergraduate?
Three or four graduate courses. Senior year entrants may take no more than three graduate courses. Please check your desired +1 program for specific requirements. 

Will my graduate courses count for undergraduate credit?
Yes.  As part of the agreement with your undergraduate college, the graduate courses will count for undergraduate credit on your undergraduate transcript, either as major elective or free elective credit (check your desired +1 program for details). After you complete your undergraduate degree have formally matriculated into the graduate program, the graduate level indicator will be added to these same courses.  These courses/credits will then also count towards the graduate degree credit requirements.

What happens to my graduate courses if I opt out of the +1 program before I complete my undergraduate degree?
Completed graduate courses will remain on your undergraduate transcript as undergraduate credit.

What happens to my graduate courses if I opt out of the +1 program after I complete my undergraduate degree?
Completed graduate courses will remain on your undergraduate transcript as undergraduate credit.

If I choose not to complete my +1 year at Temple, will my graduate level courses transfer as graduate level credit to a different institution?
Your graduate courses will appear as credits on your undergraduate transcript.  It would be up to the other institution as to how the credits would transfer.

Can I take a Leave of Absence before starting my +1 year?
It is possible. You will need to file a Leave of Absence Request with the College of Science and Technology’s Graduate School prior to the start of the +1 year. You may take one or two semesters of leave as allowed by the Temple University Leave of Absence policy after your undergraduate graduation.

I have an undergraduate scholarship.  If I earn my Bachelor’s degree in less than 8 semesters, can I apply the remaining balance to my Graduate tuition?
No.  Undergraduate scholarships are awarded for undergraduate studies. Contact Student Financial Service for the specific terms of your award.

How and when do I become fully transitioned to Graduate level status?
In your senior year, you must formally apply to the College of Science and Technology Graduate School. After your application is approved and you have completed all requirements for the baccalaureate degree, then you will become a CST Graduate student.

What happens if my GPA falls below 3.00 and/or I fall below full-time status and/or I earn less than a B grade in a graduate course and/or I do not graduate with my baccalaureate degree in the required semesters and/or I do not apply to the Graduate School by the required deadline?
For any of the above reasons you will be de-enrolled from the +1 Accelerated Program.

What if I am not accepted?
You may still apply for the graduate program upon completion of your bachelor's degree.