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Affairs now offers 4+1 Program
By Mark Katzbach
A practice of many universities across the United States has come to Cleveland
State. Combined undergraduate/graduate programs allow students to complete
a sequence of courses to earn their undergraduate and graduate degree
within five years.
The program, known as the 4+1 Program, is offered by the Levin College
of Urban Affairs to students who wish to pursue undergraduate and masters
degrees in three disciplines: public administration, environmental studies
and nonprofit administration and leadership.
We have three such programs now that have been approved and will
be available to undergraduate students who wish to pursue a BA and a masters
degree through these 4+1 offerings, said Dr. Roberta Steinbacher,
professor of Urban Studies in an e-mail.
The programs are available for students to enroll in as early as next
fall. There are no students enrolled to date. We went through all
the university committees and are just waiting to advertise, said
Dr. Sanda Kaufman, director of the Master of Environmental Studies program.
Students, who submit an application, must have at least 90 credit hours,
a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25, 40th percentile combined GRE scores,
minimum grades in various classes in the Urban Affairs college and two
faculty recommendation letters.
Students are encouraged to take cross-listed courses at the graduate level,
which are counted toward their graduate degree even before a bachelors
degree is awarded. A transitional summer semester brings a student to
the completion of a BA, preparing to wrap up the graduate degree within
two more semesters.
Kaufman said this program would encourage her students to take both undergraduate
and graduate level environmental studies courses.
Its a particularly good fit, Kaufman said.