Five-Year Bachelor’s/Master’s Programs

Five-year bachelor’s/master’s programs are offered in Business Administration, Education, English, Nonprofit Administration, and Theology and Religious Studies. These programs allow students to complete both B.A. or B.S. and the master’s degree in five years. Typically, students apply for admission to the M.A. or M.B.A. program in their junior year, begin taking graduate courses in their senior year, and complete the master’s degree in their fifth year. (Note: graduate courses taken in the senior year are not counted as part of the 120-credit-hour requirement for the bachelor’s degree.) Brief descriptions of these programs follow. For specific details, see the Graduate Studies Bulletin or contact the appropriate department chair.

Master’s of Business Administration

The 5th-year M.B.A. is for students from any major who would like to develop managerial skills and business expertise. The program is uniquely structured to allow students to finish the degree in 12 months, assuming successful completion of specific undergraduate business classes. The M.B.A. program is 33 credits, and students are often able to take the first course during their final undergraduate semester. Students who have focused their undergraduate studies outside of business (e.g., history, biology, psychology) will gain business knowledge to expand their career opportunities. Accounting undergraduates will extend their accounting knowledge (through their choice of electives), earning the additional college credits necessary for the CPA exam. Business undergraduates will enhance their analytical skills and can select electives to expand their discipline-specific expertise in a new area.

School-Based Master of Education Program

Although not a traditional five-year program, the school-based program is designed for those who hold a bachelor’s degree and wish to obtain the M.Ed. and an Ohio initial teaching license in one year. Students may pursue licensure in Early Childhood, Middle Childhood, or Adolescent Young Adult (AYA). Credit hours and requirements vary by license. Middle Childhood and AYA students may need additional course work in their teaching fields. The program is an intensive, eleven-month clinically-based program that begins in the summer and concludes at the end of the following spring semester.


The five-year B.A./M.A. program in English allows English majors to complete both the B.A. and M.A. in five years. The master’s degree is a ten-course (30-credit-hour) program. Eligible students take one graduate course in the fall of their senior year and one more in the spring of their senior year. In the summer following graduation, students take two master’s courses. In the fifth year students take six graduate courses (three per semester) and pass the master’s examination. In the summer after the fifth year they complete the M.A. essay.

Nonprofit Administration

The five-year B.A./M.A. program is designed for students who seek careers managing or administering nonprofit organizations in a variety of areas, including the arts, social services, or health care. The master’s degree is a 36-credit-hour program. Students take one graduate-level course in the fall and spring of senior year; six credit hours in the summer following graduation; 18 credits in the fall and spring of the fifth year; and 6 credits in the following summer. The five-year program is open to all majors.

Theology and Religious Studies

The five-year B.A./M.A. program in theology and religious studies is designed for undergraduate Theology and Religious Studies majors who wish to earn the master’s degree with an additional year of study. The master’s degree is a 30-credit-hour program. Students typically complete 3 graduate credits each in the fall and spring of senior year; 6 credits in the summer following graduation; and 18 credits in the fall and spring of the fifth year.