Academic Pathways

MBA Pathway Program
Education (M.Ed.) Pathway Program
Engineering Pathway
Computer Science and Engineering
Nursing Pathway
History Pathway


MBA Pathway Program

The Wilkes Honors College has an arrangement with the College of Business of FAU whereby students who have met all Wilkes Honors College graduation requirements, maintained at least a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework, and achieved a score of 500 or above on the GMAT are guaranteed admission into FAU's MBA program. This guarantee of admission is given only to students who have been full-time Wilkes Honors College students for a minimum of six semesters and who have completed the Core and Concentration in the Wilkes Honors College.

Another business option for Honors College students is a business concentration or a business minor.

For more information contact Dr. Terje Hill.


Education (M.Ed.) Pathway Program

Students interested in teaching careers can take advantage of the Honors College's Education Pathway: Receive a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in a specific field (Art, Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, Social Science or Spanish) and then complete a master's degree through the College of Education's M.Ed. Program in Curriculum and Instruction Plus Secondary Education Certification.
Note: students in the social sciences can concentrate in any HC social science concentration, including history, psychology, political science, or economics--but students will need to take the 'Social Science' FTCE subject exam: advisers in the College of Education can point you to resources to prepare for that exam.

While at the Honors College students will receive a concentration in what will be their area of teaching specialization, coordinating with the College of Education to complete specific education courses and a teaching internship as part of their undergraduate coursework. Students then complete graduate level coursework to receive the M.Ed. Plus Secondary Education Certificate: see the information sheet for details.

Benefits of the Education Pathway

The Education Pathway provides students a Master's degree as well as certification to teach, which is issued upon completion of the masters program. Successful students will begin their teaching career with a significant competitive edge, possessing both an honors B.A. or B.S. degree in an area of concentration, and a Master's degree. To accelerate their completion of the Master's degree, Honors College students may take some of the M.Ed. Core courses while they are completing their Honors College degree.

Practical Teaching Experience

Qualified Honors College students may take advantage of the College of Education's FIAT programs:

  • Good FIT program: provides students the opportunity to be a paid instructional intern in a classroom one day a week with a model teacher.
  • SMART program: students serve as substitute teachers one or two days a week under the direction of a mentor.
  • AIT (Accelerated Induction into Teaching) Program: students in the Master's program can be the instructor of record for the 5 month semester (and receive a $5000 stipend), working under the guidance of a master mentor, onsite peer teacher, and FAU supervisor.

Program Requirements

Honors College students are guaranteed admission into FAU's M.Ed. program if they meet all Wilkes Honors College graduation requirements, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of coursework, and achieve a score of 800 or above on the GRE. Students will be required also to take the FTCE subject exam and the General Knowledge FTCE exam, before entering the Masters program or by the end of the first semester of the Masters program. Students can place out of the General Knowledge part of the exam with a GRE equivalent (4 out of 6 for GRE Analytical Writing, 147 for GRE Quantitative Reasoning, and 151 for GRE Verbal Reasoning). To prepare for the appropriate subject exam students may contact Dr. Andrew Brewer (561-799-8629, email ).

Course information for Honors College students

Honors College students doing the Education (M.Ed.) pathway are advised to take the following course during their undergraduate program to introduce them to teaching in the classroom:
EDF 2005 Introduction to the Teaching Profession (includes 15-hour clinical field component). This is available online.

In addition, the following courses may be available at the Jupiter campus to be taken while at the Honors College and would count towards the Masters degree:
MAE 6155 Teaching Mathematics: Middle and High School
SSE 4361 Social Studies: Middle and Secondary School

Other courses for the masters degree may be taken at the Boca campus or over the summer for students able to fit them in while still at the Honors College.
Students with specific questions on the Education courses can contact the following individuals on the Jupiter campus:
Dr. Andrew Brewer, College of Education professor, EC 202,  561-799-8629 (office), email 
Gregory Gilbert, Assistant Director of Student Services in the College of Education, EC 202E, 561-799-8371, email

The Department Chair of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education is Dr. Barbara Ridener.

For further information about the Education Pathway contact: Dr. Terje Hill 



Honors College first 2 years, Transfer to College of Engineering and Computer Science

While the Wilkes Honors College does not currently offer degrees in engineering or computer science, students can come to the Honors College for their first two years and then transfer seamlessly into the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students are thus able to take advantage of the Honors College's rich offerings and small class sizes in mathematics and the sciences, social sciences, and humanities during their first two years to satisfy core requirements before focusing on their upper-level engineering coursework at the College of Engineering.

According to a Memorandum of Agreement between the two Colleges (May 8, 2012), students who have completed all of the Honors College's core requirements or their equivalent and who meet the admission requirements of the College of Engineering and Computer Science are permitted to transfer automatically to that college. To declare a major within the College, students need to pass the Pre-professional requirements related to the major. Honors Calculus, Physics, and General Chemistry or their equivalents satisfy the Engineering requirements of Calculus, Physics, and Chemistry for Engineers.

Other options are currently being explored including a 4+1 combined Bachelors/Masters degree program where students receive their B.A. or B.S. in the Honors College and take prerequisite coursework for a Masters Degree while at the Honors College, and then receive an M.S. in an additional year through the College of Engineering and Computer Science, in areas such as Bio Engineering. Details here.


Computer Science and Engineering

Combined 4+1 Bachelors and Masters Degrees with WHC and College of Engineering and Computer Science (COECS)

Honors College students interested in computer science and engineering can pursue a joint Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree at the Honors College and a Masters of Science degree through the College of Engineering and Computer Science. Students complete the prerequisite coursework for the Masters degree while at the Honors College in their first 4 years, and can complete the masters coursework in an additional year in this “4+1” program. Many of the prerequisite COECS courses are available online. Details here.


Nursing Pathway

Honors College students wanting a fast track to a professional nursing career can take advantage of the Nursing Pathway. Students admitted into the accelerated BSN program can receive their Honors College degree in the liberal arts and sciences, and with one additional year of study in the College of Nursing, receive a BSN as a second degree.


Each year up to three Honors College students who meet all College of Nursing requirements are guaranteed an interview for the highly selective College of Nursing's Accelerated BSN program. The College of Nursing's accelerated program is specifically designed for the student with a baccalaureate degree in another field who wants to become a registered nurse. HC students must notify the Associate Dean of the Honors College of their intention to apply for the Accelerated BSN. Students pursuing the pathway should consult the College of Nursing's Accelerated BSN webpage, which indicates the courses they must take while at the Honors College to prepare them for the BSN. To take advantage of the nursing pathway students must have been full-time Wilkes Honors College students for a minimum of six semesters (Fall/Spring semesters) and complete the Honors College Core and Concentration in the Wilkes Honors College. Students must have completed their Nursing prerequisites prior to applying to the Accelerated BSN program. HC students doing this pathway are exempt from the requirement that the bachelor's degree must be in hand prior to applying for the Accelerated BSN program but must have their HC Bachelor's degree in hand before beginning the Accelerated BSN program.

Program details

The accelerated BSN program is an intensive four semesters of full-time academic study at FAU's nationally acclaimed College of Nursing. Honors College students choosing the Nursing Pathway must plan to complete their Honors College degree requirements prior to starting the Nursing program. For further information see the College of Nursing's Accelerated BSN webpage, or contact the Associate Dean of the Honors College.
For further information from the College of Nursing, phone 561-297-3263.


History Pathway

This combined degree program enables outstanding students to graduate with both a Bachelor of Arts with Major in Liberal Arts and Sciences with Concentration in History degree and a Master of Arts with a Major in History degree (B.A./M.A.) in as little as five years. The program is 150 credits (with thesis option) or 156 credits (without thesis option). Students complete 120 credits for the undergraduate degree and 30 credits (thesis option) or 36 credits (non-thesis option) for the graduate degree. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 12 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year, which can be used to satisfy requirements for both degrees. 

Learn more here or contact Dr. Terje Hill.