Often referred to by such names as 4+1s, 3+2s, or dual degrees, Undergraduate-to-Graduate (U2G) programs are an important part of the UI landscape. These programs provide students with the opportunity to complete two degrees, a bachelor's and a master's, in five years instead of six.

Frequently asked questions about Iowa's Undergraduate-to-Graduate (U2G) programs. Please see the FAQs for a list of bachelor's degrees paired with master's degrees.

U2G pathway

Admission and Acceptance

Student submits an application to the Graduate College Admissions during the first or second semester of their junior year. See links below for specific application requirements for each program. 

*Minimum requirements:

  • Completion of 80 semester hours of undergraduate work
  • Transfer students need to have completed 30 semester hours at the University of Iowa
  • GPA of 3.25
  • Program is usually completed in senior year (senior classification/standing)

*Please note: some programs have more stringent requirements, e.g., GRE requirements. Please check with the department for specific requirements.

Students who are accepted into Undergraduate-to-Graduate (U2G) programs will be notified by their program area. Students will normally receive an acceptance letter during the spring of their junior year.

Senior Year

Students are assessed undergraduate level tuition and fees during their first year of the Undergraduate-to-Graduate (U2G) program (students' fourth or senior year), and until the bachelor's degree is conferred. Students should follow regular deadlines for submitting their undergraduate application for degree.

Students are assessed graduate-level tuition and fees beginning in the semester after the bachelor’s degree is conferred and until the graduate degree is completed.

At the end of their first year, students will have completed all the requirements for their bachelor's degree and may participate in the commencement ceremony for conferral of their bachelor's degree.

Grad Year

During their second year of the program, the student will enroll fully into their graduate degree program. They will continue with their degree plan of study and should apply for graduation in accordance with the graduation application deadlines.

Program Complete

Once the master’s degree has been conferred, the program is complete. For some programs, a master’s degree is considered a terminal degree.

Undergraduate Majors

Different colleges and departments have, in the past, used such names as 4+1s, 3+2s, or dual degrees to describe programs. The list below is an interactive list which allows you to easily see what your undergraduate major is paired with for graduate majors. Click on your major to see the graduate option(s). Then click on the graduate degree to see specific program information. Please note some majors are paired with more than one graduate degree.

In addition, provided that the undergraduate department agrees to the dual credit, the College of Public Health offers a program that will match with any undergraduate major.