Combined Degrees


2014-2015 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014?31 May 2015

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Program Description

The combined degrees program enables the student with an outstanding academic record to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree through an accelerated program. Upper-level undergraduate courses are integrated with initial graduate courses in the curriculum, which decreases the total requirements for both degrees by a maximum of 12 credit hours.

Students who have accumulated between 64 and 98 credit hours and who have maintained a 3.3 GPA in previous college work are eligible to apply for admission to the program.

The combined degrees program is offered at the St. Louis area locations and has limited availability at Webster’s European campuses. Students seeking the BSN/MSN combination may complete this program in either St. Louis OR Kansas City. Also, students pursuing a sequential degree in computer science (BS) in St. Louis may apply for a sequential combined BS/MS degree program in computer science.

Acceptance and Advancement to Candidacy

The letter of acceptance to the combined degrees program serves as the letter of acceptance required for the master’s degree program. Degree-seeking students are advanced to master’s candidacy when they have completed 12 credit hours of graduate coursework with grades of B or above.

Academic Performance

The degree-seeking student must maintain an A OR B grade average to remain in the combined degrees program. Students must maintain a current GPA of at least 3.0.

An undergraduate student who receives two grades of C, one grade of D OR one grade of F in the required combined degree transition courses will be dismissed from the combined degrees program. A graduate student who receives one grade of C OR one grade of F will be dismissed from the combined degrees program.

Students dismissed from this accelerated program are eligible to pursue the traditional graduate degree program at Webster University, subject to the policies stated in the current Graduate Studies Catalog.

Continuous Enrollment

Students in the accelerated degrees program must maintain continuous and consecutive enrollment at Webster University. Students who miss more than two consecutive eight-week OR nine-week terms will be withdrawn from the program. For exceptional reasons, students may request a waiver of this requirement from the appropriate dean.

Because of the special accelerated nature of this program, no coursework will be permitted to be transferred into the graduate component of the program. Transfer courses may be used only to meet undergraduate requisite course requirements, and then only if taken before acceptance into the program.

General Requirements

Students in the undergraduate component of the combined degrees program are subject to the policies and procedures outlined in the current Undergraduate Studies Catalog, with the addition OR exception of acceptance/advancement to candidacy, academic performance, and continuous enrollment requirements detailed in this section.

Students in the graduate component of the combined degrees program are subject to the policies and procedures outlined in the current Graduate Studies Catalog, with the addition OR exception of the acceptance/advancement to candidacy, academic performance, and continuous enrollment requirements detailed in this section.

BA/MA OR BS/MA Combinations

Admission

Students seeking combined degrees must submit an application for the combined program along with a signed letter of agreement.

General Requirements

By completing a block of requisite courses for the declared graduate major, students may combine their liberal arts undergraduate major with a more career-oriented graduate program. Most undergraduate majors leading to a bachelor of arts OR bachelor of science degree can be combined with any of the following graduate programs as long as the requisite courses for the graduate program have been met.

Other Combined Degree Options

Graduate course descriptions are included in the Course Descriptions section of the current Graduate Studies Catalog. For undergraduate course descriptions, please refer to the appropriate sections of the Undergraduate Studies Catalog.


MA in Advertising and Marketing Communications

Undergraduate Requisite Courses

  • MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications
  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production
    OR EPMD 1010 Introduction to Media Production for Journalism
  • MEDC 1050 Introduction to Media Writing
  • ADVT 2550 Creative Strategies for Advertising
  • ADVT 2910 Writing for Advertising
  • MNGT 3510 Advertising
  • ADVT 4190 Advertising Research
    OR ADVT 4910 Advertising Campaign Production
    OR ADVT 1940 Introduction to Marketing Communications

Transition Courses

  • MEDC 4100 The Law and the Media
  • ADVT 4040 Advertising Production (Print, Television, Radio or Internet)
  • MEDC 5000 Media Communications (Requisite Course)
  • MRKT 5940 Promotional Management

Graduate Courses

  • ADVT 5321 Advertising Decision-Making
  • Two Courses from the ADVT 5301-ADVT 5305 Marketing Communications sequence
  • MEDC 5310 Media and Culture
  • MEDC 5400 Media Production Management
  • MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications

Elective Courses

Students are required to choose two courses from the MA in advertising and marketing communications curriculum in addition to the courses listed. For more information about the MA in advertising and marketing communications curriculum, please refer to the School of Communications section of the Graduate Studies Catalog.


MA in Gerontology

Undergraduate Requisite Courses

  • MULC 2010 Introduction to Diversity and Identity in the U.S.
  • MNGT 2100 Management Theory and Practices
  • PHIL 2340 Ethics, Health Care, and Technology
    OR RELG 2450 Death and Dying
  • PSYC 2300 Lifespan Development

Transition Courses

  • PSYC 3575 Industrial/Organizational Psychology
    OR MNGT 3400 Human Resource Management
  • PSYC3900 Introduction to Counseling, MNGT 3500 Marketing
    OR MNGT 3550 Public Relations
  • GERN 5000 Gerontology
  • GERN 5630 Psychology of Aging

Graduate Courses

  • GERN 5600 Economic Issues for Older Adults
  • GERN 5620 Physiology of Aging
  • GERN 5640 Management of Programs for Older Adults
  • GERN 5660 Research and Assessment in Gerontology
  • GERN 5670 Social Science Perspectives in Gerontology
  • GERN 6000 Integrated Studies in Gerontology

Elective Courses

The combined degree in gerontology requires one elective graduate course in addition to the courses listed.


MA in Human Resources Development

Undergraduate Requisite Courses

  • PSYC 1100 Introduction to Psychology
  • MNGT 2100 Management Theory and Practices
  • MNGT 3400 Human Resource Management
  • PSYC 3325 Applied Learning Theory
    OR PSYC 3350 Cognitive Psychology
    OR MNGT 3450 Principles of Organizational Behavior

Transition Courses

  • MNGT 4450 Organizational Development
    OR MNGT 4400 Personnel Law
  • MNGT 4600 Contemporary Human Resource Strategies
    OR MNGT 4500 Professional Development of Managers
  • HRDV 5000 Introduction to Human Resources Development
  • HRDV 5610 Training and Development

Graduate Courses

  • Group Development and Change
  • HRDV 5700 Career Management
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior
  • HRDV 5750 Research and Assessment Methods in Human Resources Development
  • HRDV 6000 Integrated Studies in Human Resources Development

Elective Courses

The combined degree in human resources development requires three elective graduate courses in addition to the courses listed.


MA in International Relations *

Undergraduate Requisite Courses

  • POLT 1050 Introduction to International Politics
  • POLT 1080 Introduction to Comparative Politics
    OR POLT 2250 Politics in the Industrialized World
    OR POLT 2550 The Politics of Developmen
  • tINTL 1500 The World System Since 1500
  • HIST 3100 Diplomatic History
    OR HIST 3150 International Affairs
    OR INTL 3100 International Political Economy
    OR POLT 3310 Conduct of Foreign Policy
    OR POLT 3400 Comparative Politics

Transition Courses

  • HIST 4100 Advanced Studies in International Affairs
    OR INTL 4280 International Economics
    OR POLT 4100 Advanced Studies in International Politics
    OR POLT 4400 Advanced Studies in Comparative Politics
    (each must have INTL content)
  • POLT 4600 Political Science Seminar (with INTL content)
    OR HIST 4600 History Seminar (with INTL content)
    OR INTL 4600 International Relations Seminar
    (with INTL content)
  • INTL 5100 Research Methods and Perspectives
  • INTL 5510 Theories of International Relations

Graduate Courses

  • Two courses from the Comparative Politics cluster
  • Three additional courses from International Politics cluster
  • INTL 6000 International Relations: Theory and Practice

Elective Courses

The combined degree in international relations requires two graduate international relations elective courses in addition to the courses listed OR pre-approved courses (non-INTL) related to international relations.

* This program is not recommended for evening students.


MA in Legal Studies

Undergraduate Requisite Courses

  • LEGL 2080 Topics in Law
    OR LEGL 4800 Advanced Topics in Law
  • LEGL 2400 Introduction to Law
    OR POLT 2400 Introduction to Law
  • LEGL 4490 Advanced Paralegal Procedures
  • LEGL 4810 Torts

Transition Courses

  • LEGL 4460 Methods of Legal Research and Writing I
  • LEGL 4470 Methods of Legal Research and Writing II
  • LEGL 5450 American Constitutional Law
  • LEGL 5470 Civil Actions

Graduate Courses

  • LEGL 5100 Jurisprudence
  • LEGL 5300 Ethics for the Legal Professional
  • LEGL 5400 Anglo-American Legal History
  • LEGL 5480 Criminal Actions
  • LEGL 5490 Advanced Topics in Law
  • LEGL 5800 Computerized Legal Research
  • LEGL 6000 Research and Writing Project

Elective Courses

The combined degree in legal studies requires two elective graduate courses in addition to the courses listed.


MA in Management and Leadership

Undergraduate Requisite Courses

  • ECON 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ACCT 2010 Financial Accounting
  • MNGT 2100 Management Theory and Practices
  • MNGT 3400 Human Resource Management
  • MNGT 3500 Marketing

Transition Courses

  • MNGT 4100 International Management
  • MNGT 4900 Managerial Policies and Strategies
  • HRMG 5000 Managing Human Resources
  • MNGT 5590 Organizational Behavior

Graduate Courses

  • BUSN 5200 Basic Finance for Managers
  • HRDV 5630 Organization Development and Change
  • MNGT 5650 Management and Strategy
  • MNGT 5670 Managerial Leadership
  • MNGT 6000 Integrated Studies in Management

Elective Courses

The combined degree in management and leadership requires three elective graduate courses in addition to the courses listed.


MA in Marketing

Undergraduate Requisite Courses

  • ECON 2030 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MNGT 2100 Management Theory and Practices
  • MNGT 3500 Marketing
  • MNGT 3510 Advertising

Transition Courses

  • MNGT 4330 International Marketing
  • MNGT 4920 Marketing Strategies*
  • MRKT 5890 Marketing Statistics
    OR MRKT 5800 Sales Management
  • MRKT 5970 Marketing Research

*MNGT 4920 should be completed after MRKT 5970.

Graduate Courses

  • MRKT 5920 Marketing Channel Management
  • MRKT 5940 Promotional Management
  • MRKT 5960 Marketing Management
  • MRKT 6000 Integrated Studies in Marketing

Elective Courses

The combined degree in marketing requires four elective graduate courses in addition to the courses listed.


MA in Media Communications

Students majoring in an undergraduate discipline other than media communications must earn 18 credit hours in undergraduate media communications coursework in order to qualify for the graduate portion of the combined degree program in media communications. These courses will be selected in consultation with an undergraduate advisor.

Undergraduate Requisite Courses

  • MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications
  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production
    OR EPMD 1010 Introduction to Media Production for Journalism
  • MEDC 1050 Introduction to Media Writing
    OR JOUR 1030 Fundamentals of Reporting
  • MEDC 2200 Ethics in the Media

Transition Courses

  • MEDC 4100 The Law and the Media
  • MEDC 3260 International Communications
    OR MEDC 3700 Topics in International Communications
  • MEDC 5000 Media Communications
  • MEDC 5310 Media and Culture

Graduate Courses

  • MEDC 5400 Media Production Management
  • MEDC 5430 Media Communications Technology
  • MEDC 5460 Media Research
  • MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications

Elective Courses

The combined degree in media communications requires four elective graduate courses in addition to the courses listed above.


MA in Public Relations

Undergraduate Requisite Courses

  • MEDC 1010 Introduction to Mass Communications
  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production
    OR EPMD 1010 Introduction to Media Production for Journalism
  • MEDC 1050 Introduction to Media Writing
    OR JOUR 1030 Fundamentals of Reporting
  • PBRL 2920 Writing for Public Relations
  • PBRL 2100 Fundamentals of Strategic Communications and Public Relations

Transition Courses

  • MEDC 4100 The Law and the Media
  • PBRL 4300 Crisis Communications Management
    OR PBRL 4800 Media Relations
  • MEDC 5000 Media Communications (Requisite Course)
  • PBRL 5322 Public Relations

Graduate Courses

  • MEDC 5310 Media and Culture
  • MEDC 5400 Media Production Management
  • PBRL 5323 Organizational Communications
  • PBRL 5342 Writing for Public Relations
  • MEDC 6000 Seminar in Media Communications

Elective Courses

Students are required to choose three courses from the MA in public relations curriculum in addition to the courses listed. For more information about the MA in public relations curriculum, please refer to the School of Communications section of the Graduate Studies Catalog.


BS in Accounting/MS in Finance Combination

Program Description

The bachelor of science (BS) in accounting/master of science (MS) in finance is an accelerated degree combination primarily designed for students in accounting who plan to enter the accounting profession and are in need of at least 150 credit hours in order to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam.

Admission

Students seeking combined degree program BS in accounting/MS in finance must submit an application to the Office of Academic Advising and must provide two letters of recommendation from Webster University faculty with the application.

General Requirements

The BS in accounting/MS in finance degree combination program requires a total of 152 credit hours which is a combination of undergraduate and graduate credit hours. A maximum of 98 credit hours may be accepted for transfer into the undergraduate program but only a maximum of 64 credit hours of lower-division work are allowed to transfer. A student must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of undergraduate accounting courses at Webster University. No transfer credit is allowed for the graduate portion of the program.

Students must apply to the Business Department through the Office of Academic Advising for the graduate portion of the BS in accounting/MS in finance when they have accumulated between 64 and 98 credit hours and have successfully completed 15 credit hours of required upper-division ACCT courses including Intermediate Accounting. Students who have maintained an overall grade point average of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale in all previous college work will be eligible for the BS in accounting/MS in finance degree combination.

Combination BS in Accounting/MS in Finance Requirements

The BS in accounting/MS in finance degree combination requires that all university-wide undergraduate degree requirements for general education and also the accounting major must be met. Students may receive the BS in accounting degree after completing all the undergraduate requirements for the degree and before completing the graduate requirements for the MS in finance degree. For the BS in accounting, they should have a total of 128 credit hours, completed all general education requirements, completed all of the required undergraduate courses for the major in accounting, and completed the four transition courses in the set of core requirements. Students may then continue completing the requirements for the MS in finance degree.

Undergraduate Requisite Courses

All courses required for the BS in accounting major with the exception of ACCT 4100 Advanced Financial Accounting and ACCT 4900 Auditing, which are defined as core transition courses between the BS in accounting/MS in finance programs

Transition Courses

  • ACCT 4100 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 4900 Auditing
  • FINC 5000 Finance
  • FINC 5880 Advanced Corporate Finance

Graduate Courses

  • BUSN 6070 Management Accounting
  • BUSN 6120 Managerial Economics
  • FINC 5210 Investments
  • FINC 5810 Capital Budgeting
  • FINC 5830 Institutions and Financial Markets
  • FINC 5840 International Finance
  • FINC 6290 Financial Strategies
  • Plus 3 credit hours of graduate electives

BS/MS in Computer Science Combination

Program Description

The MS in computer science (COSC) program builds on the strong technical foundation in the BS in computer science program. The combined program allows students to enhance and further develop their technical skills in this profession.

Admission

Students seeking combined degrees in computer science must submit an application to the Academic Advising Center in St. Louis.

General Requirements

Students must have an overall lifetime 3.3 GPA They should have between 64 and 98 credit hours and have successfully completed at least 15 credit hours of required COSC coursework before applying for the combined degree program. Students must be accepted into the program before enrolling in the 4000-level core courses OR any graduate-level courses. Students must take all of the undergraduate courses before taking any of the graduate courses.

Students may receive the BS degree after completing all of the requirements for the degree and before completing the requirements for the MS degree. For the BS degree, they should have a total of 128 credit hours, completed all general education requirements, completed all 24 credit hours of the required undergraduate COSC courses, and completed the four COSC courses in the set of transition courses. Students may then continue completing the requirement for the MS degree.

Sequential BS/MS Requirements

The sequential BS/MS combined degree program in computer science is recommended for students who wish to change fields and earn a master’s degree in computer science.

For the sequential BS/MS combined degree, students should hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with an overall lifetime 3.3 GPA They should have successfully completed at least 15 credit hours of the required undergraduate COSC coursework before applying for the combined degree program. Students must be accepted into the program before enrolling in the 4000-level core courses OR any graduate-level courses. Students must take all of the undergraduate courses before taking any of the graduate courses.

Students may receive the BS degree after completing all of the requirements for the sequential degree and before completing the requirements for the MS degree. For the BS degree, they should have a total of 36 credit hours, completed all 24 credit hours of the required undergraduate COSC courses, and completed the four COSC courses in the set of transition courses. Students may then continue completing the requirements for the MS degree.
All courses must be taken at Webster University for the sequential combined degree program in computer science.

Undergraduate Requisite Courses

  • COSC 1550 Computer Programming I
  • COSC 1560 Computer Programming II
  • COSC 1570 Mathematics for Computer Science
  • COSC 2670 Telecommunications
  • COSC 2610 Operating Systems
  • COSC 2810 Systems Analysis and Design
  • COSC 3050 Data Structures I
  • COSC 3100 Data Structures II

Transition Courses

  • COSC 4250 Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
  • COSC 4260 Object-Oriented Programming
  • COSC 5000 Distributed Systems
  • COSC 5110 Network Architecture

Graduate Courses

  • COSC 5030 Agile Software Development
  • COSC 5040 Distributed Database Design
  • COSC 5050 Distributed Database Application
  • COSC 5060 Systems Concepts
  • COSC 5120 Data Communication
  • COSC 5130 Computer Security and Reliability
  • COSC 5150 Distributed Application Development
  • COSC 6000 Distributed Systems Project

BSN/MSN Combination

Admission

Requirements for admission to the combined BSN/MSN program are:

  • completion and submission of an application to the combined BSN/MSN program;
  • completion and submission of a signed letter of agreement;
  • completion of all admission requirements for the MSN program with the additions and exceptions noted in this section.


General Requirements

Students must apply to the program, and undergraduate courses must be completed prior to enrollment in the four core courses. Students should consult the appropriate sections of the Undergraduate Studies Catalog for undergraduate course descriptions.

Undergraduate Requisite Courses

  • PSYC 2750 Introduction to Measurement and Statistics
  • NURS 3010 Concepts of Professional Nursing
  • NURS 3020 Holistic Health Assessment
  • NURS 3400 Health Education in Nursing Practice
  • NURS 3410 Family Health Promotion
  • NURS 3420 Group Process in Nursing Practice
  • BIOL 4210 OR 4220 Advanced Physiology I
    OR IINURS 4230 Introduction to Nursing Research
  • COAP 3030 Computer Applications in Nursing

Transition Courses

  • NURS 4240 Nursing Leadership and Management (4 credit hours)
  • NURS 4250 Community Health Nursing (5 credit hours)
  • NURN 5000 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing
  • NURN 5050 Policy and Politics in Nursing

Graduate Courses

  • NURN 5550 Advanced Nursing Research
  • NURN 5800 Family Systems Nursing
  • NURN 5810 Families in Transition
  • NURN 5820 Families Experiencing Illness
  • NURN 6000 Integrated Studies in Nursing

In addition, the degree-seeking student must complete one of the following options:

Educator Focus

Students selecting this option must complete the following courses:

  • NURN 5210 Instructional Methods in Nursing
  • NURN 5220 Curriculum Development and Evaluation
  • NURN 5230 Teaching Practicum in Nursing I
  • NURN 5240 Teaching Practicum in Nursing II

Leader Focus

Students selecting this option must complete the following courses:

  • NURN 5410 Leadership in Nursing
  • NURN 5420 Financial Issues for Nurse Leaders
  • NURN 5430 Legal Issues for Nurse Leaders
  • NURN 5440 Leadership in Nursing Practicum I
  • NURN 5450 Leadership in Nursing Practicum II