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Masters Candidate Blended Term

A Blended Term enables a Masters Candidate to simultaneously enroll in a graduate course(s) that will count toward a graduate degree in the last semester, either spring or fall, of their senior year. Undergraduate tuition is charged during this term.

General Guidelines

  • Students must be enrolled in the Masters Candidate Program to be eligible for the Blended Term. Students will still need to file a Graduate School Application Form in the last semester of senior year to obtain official acceptance.
  • The Blended Term is not the official start term for graduate studies, so Graduate School application materials do not have to be submitted prior to registering for the Blended Term. However, students should be preparing to submit all required application materials for the official start term (the semester after you complete your undergraduate studies) during the last semester of their senior year.
  • Students are limited to a maximum of two graduate courses (6 credits) and a total of 15 credits in their Blended Term; students who will be taking a four-credit lab or additional credit for service-learning are eligible to participate in a Blended Term.
  • Students may not take more than two graduate level courses in their Blended Term.
  • Students may not enroll in GBEs or graduate internships during their Blended Term.
  • Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.20 in order to be eligible. There will be a GPA check at the time of registration as well as before the beginning of the semester.
  • Students planning a Blended Term must meet with an Advisor in the Graduate Student and Academic Services Office to discuss eligibility and course options prior to the term of intended graduate registration.
  • Students must then fill out and submit a Blended Term Registration Form for submission to the Graduate Student and Academic Services Office (Jennison 326) during normal business hours.
  • Students interested in the Emerging Leaders MBA Program (ELMBA) may only take concentration electives in a Blended Term.

Undergraduate Financial Aid in a Blended Term

Recipients of need-based aid (i.e., grants, loans) and merit-based aid (i.e., scholarships) should adhere to the following guidelines to retain eligibility for undergraduate aid and scholarships during their Blended Term. For specific information, please contact the Office of Financial Assistance (781.891.3441) with any questions or concerns.

  • Financial aid recipients (need or merit-based) must take at least six undergraduate credits and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits to maintain eligibility for undergraduate aid.
  • Students who are receiving Bentley aid (grants or scholarships) are permitted to take a maximum of two graduate courses during the blended term depending on their situation.
  • Students with undergraduate merit scholarships (awarded by Bentley University) will be allowed to receive their scholarship in the blended term, provided they still meet the GPA or other requirements.

For general questions about enrolling in a Blended Term, please contact