The five-year BA/MS program at The University of Akron with BA Physics/Chemical Physics at the College of Wooster and MS Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron is an accelerated program which involves initial completion of three years of BA coursework in Physics/Chemical Physics at the College of Wooster followed by two years of undergraduate and graduate coursework, along with graduate thesis work in the Department of Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron. The College of Wooster will award the BA in Physics/Chemical Physics after completion of the fourth year of coursework at The University of Akron. Students intending to enroll in the BA/MS program will consult with the faculty counselors at both the College of Wooster and The University of Akron.
Because the number of students admitted to the program will be limited, admission into this program is not guaranteed. Students will be admitted to the MS program at The University of Akron after completing three years of undergraduate coursework at the College of Wooster. Students intending to enroll in the BA/MS program will consult the faculty advisers at both the College of Wooster and The University of Akron during their study at the College of Wooster.
Students interested in this program, should consult with their adviser at the College of Wooster as early in their first year as possible in order to get the guidance needed for their academic plan. Students who intend to pursue the five-year BA/MS dual degree program may complete the senior year at the College of Wooster in absentia and should apply in writing to the Dean for Curriculum and Academic Engagement by the end of the second semester of the sophomore year and must receive the recommendation of the major department. Once approved, the student will be given pre-admission status in the program. The admissions committee of the Department of Polymer Engineering will evaluate the applications of BA/MS students in their third year.
To receive official acceptance into the program, in addition to satisfying the admission requirements outlined above, students must also provide two letters of recommendation from the College of Wooster faculty and apply to and be accepted into the Graduate School before the start of their senior year. Once accepted into the program, students must earn and maintain a 3.0 or better GPA to stay in the program. Students who are not able to do so will complete the regular bachelor's program instead of the accelerated BA/MS program.
Students in this program will be expected to attend school on a full-time basis, and there is little flexibility in the scheduling of the necessary courses in order to graduate within the five year period. Therefore, it is important to get guidance as soon as possible.
All assistantships (and any fellowships) are awarded through the academic department. Students interested in obtaining an assistantship must apply. New students may indicate on their online application for admission that they would like to be considered for an assistantship. Current students must contact the academic department for application information. Each department may have different requirements for assistantship applicants, so all students should contact the academic department to determine these particular requirements. Only those students fully admitted to a master’s or doctoral degree-seeking program are eligible for a graduate assistantship. Students admitted as non-degree seeking or to a certificate program may not hold an assistantship.
Paying for college is a vital part of the education process. It is important to be informed of the many sources of aid available. Student loans are available to degree-seeking graduate students. Information on student loans can be found through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Office of Student Financial Aid is located in Simmons Hall.
Current tuition and fees schedules can be found through the Office of Student Accounts.
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