Chatham offers a number of collaborations with other universities and institutions that allow students to be given priority review for admission, speed time to graduation with an advanced degree, and save money.

Carnegie Mellon University

Well qualified Chatham University students may apply to an accelerated master's program offered through Chatham University and Carnegie Mellon University's H. John Heinz III College (Heinz). This is a 4+ 1 program. During their senior year at Chatham students take coursework at both Chatham and CMU to begin graduate studies. After graduating from Chatham the students complete their masters at CMU usually with one more additional year of study. 

Students will apply by January 10 of their junior year for admission at the beginning of their senior year. To apply, students must take the GRE (or GMAT), complete an application form (including essay and resume) and submit transcripts from all universities attended along with three letters of recommendation.

Programs of Study at Heinz:

In order to provide an opportunity for students with an interest in Music Education, a cooperative program in Music Education Certification has been established with Carnegie Mellon University. At Chatham, students take the courses required for the Music major. Concurrently, at Carnegie Mellon, student's cross-register for the courses required for certification in Music Education. In four years, upon successful completion of all courses in both programs, students receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music and Certification in Music Education.

Other Institutions

Well qualified Chatham University students may apply to Duquesne University School of Law after completing three years at Chatham for acceptance in to the 3+3 Law school program.

To apply, students must:

  • Earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 for three years at Chatham University (90 credit hours)
  • Complete the Chatham Core courses, all of the foundation courses and 25% of the requirements in the undergraduate curricular major field at Chatham University
  • Earn a minimum LSAT score in the 60th percentile on the applicable LSAT. It is assumed that the LSAT will be taken in the Fall of the student's third year at Chatham University, however, by request, a student may defer taking the LSAT until the Spring of his or her third year. Students may take the LSAT more than once;
  • Have an in-person interview with Chatham University Committee followed by Recommendations to a selection committee appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs

Chatham University and Stetson University College of Law in Florida offer a 3+3 program that allows eligible Chatham University undergraduates to apply to law school at Stetson University in their junior year. Students admitted to the program fulfill their senior year of undergraduate credits through the successful completion of their first year of law school courses.

High-performing Chatham students will earn their bachelor's and juris doctor (J.D.) degrees in six years, rather than the traditional seven years. Students will spend three years at Chatham and three years at Stetson law school.

Stetson offers certificates of concentration for J.D. students in the areas of advocacy, elder law, environmental law, international law and social justice advocacy.

Chatham participates in an Early Acceptance Program in which qualified Chatham undergraduate students are enrolled simultaneously by Chatham and by Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM). LECOM will interview students prior to their enrollment at Chatham, or within the first two years of study at Chatham. Students interviewing successfully will be offered a provisional acceptance to LECOM's Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program.

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