CNU students have the opportunity to qualify to participate in the bachelor’s-to-master’s five-year degree program for graduate degrees in applied physics and computer science, environmental science, or teaching.

What are the advantages?

Students accepted in the five-year program can save one year in tuition expense and time (compared to the traditional master’s degree program) by following the exact curriculum recommended and taking courses in the summer after completing their bachelor’s degree.

  • CNU freshmen, sophomores and juniors meet with the graduate program coordinator and / or associate director of graduate admission and records to discuss admission requirements and plan undergraduate coursework
  • Each program has an application checklist of specific admission requirements:
  • CNU students apply to the five-year program by February 1 of their junior year (65 credits completed)
  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is required for acceptance
  • Students begin taking graduate-level classes in their senior year at CNU
  • No application fee is required
  • If the student has one of the following (fewer than five years old), additional entrance tests are not required
    • SAT: score of 1100 or higher (530 minimum in the critical reading and mathematics sections)
    • ACT: composite score of 24 (22 or higher in math, and an English-plus-reading score of 46 or higher)
    • Without the SAT or ACT scores above, a student needs successful GRE or PRAXIS Core scores
  • Each student is assigned a graduate program adviser (when accepted in the five-year program) to plan coursework with his / her undergraduate academic adviser
  • Students are awarded their bachelor’s degree upon undergraduate degree completion
  • Students with a final overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher are admitted formally to the graduate program and continue at CNU to earn their master’s degree

Master of Science in Applied Physics and Computer Science

  • Emphasis on research collaborations with NASA-Langley Research Center and the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
  • Computer science has specialization and research opportunities available in artificial intelligence, software engineering, networking and communications, as well as computer systems engineering and instrumentation
  • Specialization and research opportunities in applied physics include nuclear physics, laser and photonics, solid-state physics, modeling and simulation, sensors, and instrumentation systems design

Please email Dr. Antonio Siochi at siochi@pcs.cnu.edu or call (757) 594-7569.

Master of Science in Environmental Science

Please email Dr. Jessica Thompson at jessica.thompson@cnu.edu or call (757) 594-7307.

Master of Arts in Teaching

  • Designed for students who desire to become effective classroom teachers with an emphasis placed on the understanding of educational theory as it translates into real classroom practice
  • Our program offers students the ability to succeed in content area teaching through hands-on activities, technology and field experiences
  • MAT students may select an endorsement from the following: 
    art, biology, chemistry, computer science, elementary education, English, English as a second language, French, history and social studies, mathematics, music, physics, and Spanish
  • Partnership with award-winning school district

Please email Dr. Marsha Sprague at msprague@cnu.edu or call (757) 594-7388.

To check the status of your application, please contact gradques@cnu.edu.

Admission requirements for CNU students applying to the bachelor's-to-master's five-year degree programs

    • Each program has an application checklist of specific admission requirements:
    • Current GPA of 3.00 or higher
    • If the student has one of the following (fewer than five years old), additional entrance tests are not required:
      • SAT: score of 1100 or higher (530 minimum in the critical reading and mathematics sections)
      • ACT: composite Score of 24 (22 or higher in math, and an English-plus-reading score of 46 or higher)
        Without the SAT or ACT scores above, a student needs successful GRE or PRAXIS Core scores as listed on one of the application checklists above.
    • Two recommendation forms (which must include one full-time professor in your major)
    • Send recommendation forms electronically, as part of your application, after submitting your application through CNU LIVE
    • The recommendation forms (with dispositions or abilities ) are required; reference letters alone are not adequate
    • Please plan ahead and allow at least two weeks for faculty to send their responses
    • You must complete the online application to send the recommendation forms
    • If you experience difficulty when sending the recommendation forms, please copy the message you receive and send it to gradques@cnu.edu
No application fee is required.

Applicants to the bachelor's-to-master's five-year graduate program will submit their applications through CNU LIVE. Applications with all required documents must be received by February 1.

To check the status of your application, please contact gradques@cnu.edu.

  • Please use the appropriate application checklist to apply to the bachelor's-to-master's five-year graduate program:
  • The application deadline is February 1 of your junior year
  • 65 undergraduate credits must have been earned prior to submitting your application
  • No application fee is required

After the complete admission package has been submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies:

  • If you applied to the applied physics and computer science or environmental science program, please allow three weeks for the committee's decision and processing. A decision letter will be sent to you by mail.
  • If you applied to the Master of Arts in Teaching Program, the admission committee will begin reviewing application packages March 15. A decision letter will be sent to you by mail on April 1.

To check the status of your application, please contact gradques@cnu.edu.