March 8, 2012
Writer: Jessica McIntyre

A new articulation agreement between Brigham Young University-Idaho and Idaho State University (ISU) makes it possible for BYU-Idaho students to complete both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.

BYU-Idaho students can obtain early admission to ISU's graduate programs after they obtain 60 undergraduate credits and maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA, allowing them to work toward a master's degree at ISU while completing their bachelor's at BYU-Idaho. Two master's degrees are currently available as part of this initiative - Historical Resources Management and Political Science - with more expected to be added in
the future.

"This program will promote greater educational and career opportunities for students. They will be expediting their education, but not sacrificing the quality of it," said John Ivers, dean of the College of Language and Letters. "We have been working on this for years, and to see it come together is exhilarating."

Students involved will take the majority of their graduate-level courses in Pocatello, but some classes may be offered at ISU's Idaho Falls campus. Students interested may contact their individual department chair, dean, or the Academic Discovery Center.