Exceptional undergraduate students at UNC Charlotte may be accepted into the Professional Science Masters or Graduate Certificate program in Health Informatics and begin work toward a graduate degree before completing their bachelor's degree.
- Early Entry students may have acceptance to the graduate program pending the award of the baccalaureate degree (generally within two semesters)
- This Early Entry program is also accelerated in which up to 9 hours earned at the graduate level may be substituted for required undergraduate hours. In other words, up to 9 hours of graduate work may be "double counted" toward both the baccalaureate and PSM degree, and up to 6 hours for the Graduate Certificate
- Beginning Fall 2013, Early Entry students will be charged undergraduate tuition and fees for all courses (graduate and undergraduate) for which they register. Upon completion of the bachelor's degree students will be charged graduate tuition and fees.
- A student may be accepted into the Early-Entry Program at any time after completing 75 credit hours of undergraduate work, although it is expected that close to 90 hours will have been earned by the time the first graduate course is taken.
- Submit a completed application through the graduate schools Online Admissions Portal. The application process and all required documentation (e.g., test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendation) are the same for early entry students as for other applicants to the program.
- At least a 3.5 overall GPA.
- Admission must be recommended by the Department and approved by the Graduate School. The admission status will be “provisional" pending the award of the undergraduate degree.
Sample Timetable for Early Entry Admission:
- Junior year- take GRE exams (verbal, quantitative, and analytic parts required).
- First semester junior year- meet with Graduate Program Director or DSI Director of Student Services to receive advising about the Early Entry Program.
- Second semester junior year- complete and submit early-entry application for graduate study to the Graduate School
- End of senior year- successfully complete requirements for undergraduate degree. Up to 9 hours of undergraduate course work can be substituted with corresponding graduate courses and counted towards either the PSM degree or Graduate Certificate).
Continued Enrollment Requirements
- Once admitted, a student must complete an Early-Entry Course Approval Form and have it approved by both the Graduate Program Director and the Graduate School. Failure to obtain prior Graduate School approval negates a student's ability to "double-count" courses in an accelerated Early Entry program.
- If an early entry student has not met the normal admission requirements of a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA at the end of their bachelor's degree they will be dismissed from the graduate program.
- Students accepted into the Health Informatics Early Entry Program will be subject to the same policies that pertain to other matriculated graduate students. Generally, it will be assumed that early entry students will finish their baccalaureate degrees before they complete 15 hours of graduate work