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Combining Undergraduate with Graduate Study
SHU offers its qualified University undergraduates the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree and a DPT degree within six years.
The ability to take advantage of the “3+3” option (three years of undergraduate coursework and three years of graduate coursework) is available only to students who elect to complete their undergraduate studies at SHU with a major in exercise science, psychology or biology. Students choosing a 3+3 option work closely with their undergraduate advisor to follow a specific sequence of study in their chosen undergraduate major.
Sample schedules for each of the program’s undergraduate majors are available:
The 3+3 option requires coursework in the summers between the freshman and sophomore years regardless of undergraduate major, with the summer work varying by major. With appropriate planning, summer coursework may be completed at other universities offering equivalent courses.
For students who elect to pursue a traditional 4+3 sequence (four years of undergraduate coursework and three years of graduate coursework), you may choose any undergraduate major.
Provisional Admission for Entering College Freshman
For students applying to Sacred Heart University for freshman entry with a declared interest in the physical therapy graduate program.
Early Program Decision requirements for entering freshmen include:
High school GPA of 3.3 or higher in their academic courses (Math, Science, History, English, and Language)
- SAT scores of 1150 or better
- 3 or better GPA
- Successful completion of four years of Science including Physics
Notification of conditional acceptance to the Early Decision Freshman option generally follows acceptance to Sacred Heart University, with the timing of notification dependent on the time of application and acceptance.
Entering freshmen who are accepted for Provisional Admission will have a seat in the graduate physical therapy program reserved contingent upon:
- Successfully meeting all Admission Requirements for the DPT program
- Participation in mandatory pre-PT advising sessions held once a semester
Students who are provisionally admitted must complete the application process for the DPT Program by September 15 of their junior year, if pursuing the 3+3 option or September 15 of their senior year, if pursuing the 4+3 option.