Earn two degrees in less time

Dual Enrollment Program


Complete your master's and bachelor's degrees at the same time and save money in the process.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Bridges to Dreams, dual enrollment program is designed for academically talented students to complete the requirements for both bachelor’s and master’s degrees at an accelerated pace, saving you time and money.

Benefits


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  • Substitute graduate course hours for required undergraduate hours
  • Standardized test requirement waived for graduate admission
  • Start in fall or spring semester
  • Save even more in select programs through Alumni Advantage tuition discount

Current LR students may enroll in up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework provided you meet the academic criteria for admission and you are accepted into the Bridges to Dreams program. These graduate courses may be used to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

Students in the program will have their academic performance reviewed after each semester to ensure satisfactory academic progress. Upon successfully completing your undergraduate degree and providing the minimum academic performance criteria for each course within the program, you will receive formal admission into your selected graduate program of study. Meeting these criteria allows entry to the graduate program without the standard formal application requirements otherwise required of graduate program applicants.

In taking graduate courses during your final semester(s) as an undergraduate, you are able to save the costs of these credits at the graduate level.

Students are admitted to the Bridges to Dreams program in either the fall or spring semester only; however, once admitted to an approved program, you may enroll in courses available in any term. Summer courses are charged at the standard rate per credit hour and are not subject to any university discount program.

Cortney Hildebran Cooke

One of the main reasons I chose to attend LR was the Bridges to Dreams program. It is great to be able to start taking graduate classes early.

Cortney Hildebran Cooke '20, MBA 2021

Applying


Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Bridges to Dreams program is designed to assist current LR undergraduate students toward completing a graduate degree. Through dual enrollment, qualified LR undergraduates may begin graduate courses while still completing an undergraduate degree. Current LR students may enroll in up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework provided they meet the academic criteria for admission and are accepted into the Bridges program. These graduate courses may be used to meet both undergraduate and graduate degree.

Students who will have earned 92 credit hours by the end of their semester of application, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25, and are in good standing with the university are eligible to apply for a Bridges program. A minimum of 64 credit hours at Lenoir-Rhyne must be completed prior to graduation.

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Alumni Advantage Discount Program


 

Successfully completing your undergraduate degree at LR and meeting the required criteria will make you eligible for the Alumni Advantage program, which provides a tuition discount on all remaining graduate courses taken toward satisfying a graduate degree at Lenoir-Rhyne in specific approved programs.

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Jocelyn Lowe Shuping

The Bridges to Dreams program was an attractive program because it allowed me to earn a graduate degree in only an additional year after completing my bachelor’s degree.

Jocelyn Lowe Shuping '20, MS '21

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