​The combined Bachelor's/Master's degree programs allow students to complete 12 graduate credit hours while still undergraduates. These three graduate level courses will count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Academically gifted students may choose to enroll in the combined degree program. This program allows students to combine many CDM bachelor's degree with CDM master's degree following the structure outlined below.

Program Structure 

Students in the combined degree program take a maximum of three graduate level courses that count toward both their bachelor's and master's degree requirements. Students may enroll in graduate level coursework in the junior and senior year only. Students in this combined degree program will receive the bachelor's degree after meeting all graduation requirements including the standard 192 undergraduate credit hours.

To earn the master's degree, the student must earn at least 52 graduate credit hours (13 graduate courses).  Twelve hours of graduate credits taken during the undergraduate career may also apply to the graduate degree.

Only CDM courses can be taken as part of this program. 

Admission Criteria  

  • Minimum of 6 courses (24 credit hours) completed at DePaul
  • GPA of 3.3 or higher in courses taken at DePaul
  • Endorsement of faculty advisor

In order to apply for the ​combined degree program, your faculty advisor must send an e-mail recommendation to the CDM Academic Success Center. The recommendation should include your full name, student ID number, and the bachelor's and master's degrees you wish to combine. 

Maintaining Good Standing

Cumulative GPA and course grades will be reviewed after each Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarter

The student and Faculty Advisor will be notified when the student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.3 or when the students receives less than a C- in graduate level course .

If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.3, the student must earn a term GPA of 3.3 or above in the following quarter to stay in good standing. If the student does not achieve a 3.3 term GPA, then the student will be dismissed from the combined program and resume the traditional BA/BS.

Graduate courses passed before dismissal will not be counted and may not be retaken. If the student pursues graduate study, other graduate courses must be substituted. To apply to a CDM graduate degree program, following dismissal from the combined degree, students must follow regular CDM Admission procedures, and will be required take 13 new graduate courses to earn a master's degree.

Designing a Course of Study

It is extremely important that the student and faculty advisor work together on a course of study immediately upon admission to the Combined Degree Program.

This course of study may include which undergraduate classes to avoid taking in order to take the graduate version. Failure to put together a solid plan can lead to extra coursework and a lengthening of the Combined Degree program.

It is advisable for the student and the advisor to enter the proposed plan of study in the student communication record on the CDM intranet so it is available to the student and CDM faculty and staff.

Bachelor's Degree to Master's Degree Transition

In order to be fully admitted to the designated master's program, the student must meet all admission requirements for that program. Learn more about master's degree admission requirements. Students will follow the master's degree program requirements for the term they are admitted to the master's degree program.

Master's Degree Options

The following Computing Digital Media  graduate programs have been approved as combined degree options:​

  • Animation (MA)
  • Business Information Technology
  • (MS) Cinema Production (MS) 
  • Computational Finance (MS) 
  • Computer Game Development (MS) 
  • Computer Science (MS) 
  • Computer, Information and Network Security (MS) 
  • E-Commerce Technology (MS) 
  • Human Computer Interaction (MS) 
  • Information Systems (MS) 
  • Information Technology Project Management (MS) 
  • Network Engineering and Management (MS) 
  • Predictive Analytics (MS) 
  • Software Engineering (MS)