The Integrated Graduate Studies Program (IGS) is intended for highly motivated undergraduate students who are candidates for the BA degree and whose objective is a degree at the master’s level. Students may apply for the M.A. degree under the Integrated Graduate Studies (IGS) program.
IGS students must complete the requirements for the Master’s Degree Program during their senior year. IGS students are expected to acquire and exhibit general knowledge of the discipline and consult with an IGS Coordinator prior to enrollment each semester to determine the most appropriate courses to take. To receive the M.A., IGS students must fulfill the following program requirements pertaining to (1) course-work and (2) comprehensive examination.
Minimum of 30 hours of course-work, as specified below:
NOTE: One of the two courses in the area of concentration must be a 400-level course. No more than 9 semester hours at the 300-course level may be included in the requirements for the M.A. degree. For those not having taken a course in statistics and probability in their previous work, STAT 201 or PSCL 282 (or its equivalent) is required. However, these do not count toward the 30 hours needed for the M.A.
To take the comprehensive exam a student must have completed a 400-level concentration course and two electives (one of which must be a 400 level course). The comprehensive exam will consist of three questions of no more than 6 pages each. It will be a take home exam (72 hours) at a time decided on between the students and faculty. The student can retake the comprehensive exam one time. The comprehensive exam is graded using pass/no-pass. If a student decides to pursue a PhD, this comprehensive exam does not apply to those that are required for the PhD program.
Any students interested in the Integrated Graduate Studies Program should meet with IGS Coordinators Gary Deimling or Mary Erdmans as soon as possible, but no later than the beginning of their junior year to determine eligibility and to plan to fulfill prerequisites. It is also recommended that applicants meet with Dean Claudia Anderson, 216.368.2928, in Undergraduate Studies to discuss the process.
Applications must be submitted and complete no later than 90 days before the first day of classes of the semester for which admission is being requested (November 1 for Spring semester admission, June 1 for Fall semester admission). Applicants will not be evaluated until they have submitted all required materials.
Applicants to the IGS Program must be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies by applying online using this link and sending all other application materials as listed below.
School of Graduate Studies:
Case Western Reserve University
School of Graduate Studies, Tomlinson 203
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-7027
Note that admission to IGS is competitive. Upon admission to the program, IGS students register as students in the School of Graduate Studies and are subject to the policies, rules and regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. They may, however, continue to receive merit-based undergraduate scholarships and may continue to reside in undergraduate housing during what would normally be their senior year of undergraduate work.
Financial Aid for the IGS program works the same way as for undergraduate students. Information on financial aid and student loans is available from the Office of University Financial Aid (216-368-4530).