Neumann, Widener Collaborate on Graduate Degree Options for Undergrads

Published on: May 25, 2021

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Neumann, Widener Collaborate on Graduate Degree Options for Undergrads

Neumann and Widener University have reached an agreement to offer accelerated paths to certain master’s degrees for highly qualified undergraduates from one college who apply to the other for graduate study.

"The agreement benefits both universities," said Bettsy McKlaine, director of Adult and Graduate Admissions. "Not only does it serve as a pathway for our undergrad students to continue to graduate school (for programs that NU doesn’t offer), but it also allows for Widener students to begin studies toward a master’s degree in Clinical Laboratory Science or Athletic Training at Neumann by taking a course or two at NU starting in their senior year."

Juniors at Widener who have a 3.5 GPA or higher may apply for Neumann’s MS in Clinical Laboratory Science or MS in Athletic Training. Those admitted to the program may take up to two Neumann graduate courses (determined by faculty advising) during their senior year. Students who earn a GPA of 3.5 or higher in these graduate courses will be guaranteed admission to the Neumann master’s degree program.

Juniors at Neumann will be offered similar opportunities (apply as juniors, study as seniors in Widener courses determined by faculty advising) for four graduate programs at Widener with slightly varying criteria:

  • Master of Social Work – Any student with a 3.5 GPA may apply and, if accepted, take 1-3 courses as a senior; with a 3.5 GPA in those courses, the student is guaranteed admission and a $10,000 MSW scholarship.
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice – Criminal Justice majors with a 3.2 GPA may apply and, if admitted, take up to three courses as a senior on the Widener campus; with a 3.5 GPA in those courses, the student is guaranteed admission.
  • Master of Science in Taxation and Financial Planning and Master of Science in Business Planning Innovation – Business, Data Science and Computer Science majors with a 3.2 GPA may apply and, if accepted, take up to two online courses as a senior; with a 3.5 GPA in those courses, the student is guaranteed admission.

Each university will coordinate the use of space by its partner institution for on-site information sessions about these options and will distribute publicity regarding the information sessions to its students.

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