St. Bonaventure University

Early Assurance Programs


Early assurance programs enable interested high school seniors to secure a seat in one of St. Bonaventure's graduate-level programs as incoming freshmen. Transfer students and current SBU undergraduate students may seek early assurance to a graduate program as well.

Early assurance programs (EAP) offer students early acceptance to a graduate-level or professional program, granting them automatic placement in the program provided they maintain good standing in the undergraduate program and meet the graduate program’s academic admission requirements.

Why early assurance?

Early assurance programs free students from the stress and pressure of applying to numerous graduate or professional/medical programs while they are pursuing their undergraduate degree, giving them the freedom to devote their time and energy to other academic interests and experiences.

Some EAP programs may accelerate the traditional time frame for earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees, saving students time and money.

For instance, in our early assurance journalism programs, you apply as an incoming freshman and may begin taking graduate courses during your senior year. This not only speeds you along the path to a graduate degree, but because both graduate programs are online you have the chance to enter the workforce and earn a salary while completing your master's degree.


How to apply for early assurance

You can learn more about our early assurance programs, including how to apply, by selecting a program of interest from the list below.


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4+2 & 3+2 MSOT Early Assurance Plans

Undergraduate students including incoming freshmen and eligible transfer students are guaranteed a reserved seat in our Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program provided they maintain good standing in their undergraduate program and meet the graduate program's admission requirements. LEARN MORE

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4+1 BBA/MBA Early Assurance Program

Qualified high school seniors may apply for early assurance to our 150-hour 4+1 MBA in professional accountancy program. This enables students to earn their Bachelor of  Business Administration (BBA) in accounting and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in five years or less. Learn more

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MBA (non-accounting) Early Assurance Program

Qualified high school seniors may apply for early assurance to our traditional MBA program, choosing an undergraduate major of their liking. This enables students to earn their bachelor's degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in five years or less. Learn more

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Early Assurance in Business Analytics

Our EAP in Business Analytics secures placement for interested high school seniors and transfer students in our graduate-level Master of Science in Business Analytics program provided they maintain good standing in their undergraduate program and meet the graduate program's admission requirements. Learn more

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Early Assurance in Cybersecurity

Our EAP in Cybersecuruty secures placement for interested high school seniors and transfer students in our online master's degree program in Cybersecurity provided they maintain good standing in their undergraduate program and meet the graduate program's admission requirements. Learn more

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Early Assurance in Communication

Our EAP in Communication secures placement for interested high school seniors and transfer students in our are Master of Science in Communication program provided they maintain good standing in their undergraduate program and meet the graduate program's academic admission requirements. Learn more

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Early Assurance in Journalism

Our EAP in Journalism secures placement for interested high school seniors and transfer students in one of two fully online master's programs (M.A. in digital journalism and M.A. in sports journalism) provided they maintain good standing in their undergraduate program and meet the graduate program's academic admission requirements. Learn more

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Early Assurance in Education (Teacher Preparation)

Our EAP in Education secures placement for interested high school seniors and transfer students who enroll in an undergraduate teacher-preparation program in one of three SBU master's degree programs provided they maintain good standing in the undergraduate program and meet the graduate program's admission and teacher certification requirements. Learn more

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Early Assurance in Public Health

Our EAP in Public Health secures placement for interested high school seniors and transfer students in our graduate-level Master of Public Health provided they maintain good standing in the undergraduate program and meet the graduate program's academic admission requirements. Learn more

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Early Assurance in Sport Administration

Our EAP in Sport Administration secures placement for Interested high school seniors and transfer students in our graduate-level Master of Science in Business in Sport Administration provided they maintain good standing in the undergraduate program and meet the graduate program's admission requirements. Learn more


FHCP programs in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and PT


Our Franciscan Health Care Professions Program offers opportunities for enrolled SBU students to apply for early acceptance to medical, dental or pharmacy school, or a physical therapy program. Many are actually combined-degree or dual-admit programs that grant talented high school seniors provisional acceptance into the professional program upon entry to St. Bonaventure, but that also have an early assurance component for current SBU students.

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SBU-George Washington University Dual Admit Program in Medicine

Qualified high school seniors accepted into this competitive program have a provisional seat waiting for them at the prestigious GW School of Health Sciences upon graduation from St. Bonaventure. Learn more

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SBU-LECOM Dual Admit Program in Osteopathic Medicine

Qualified high school seniors accepted into this program have a reserved seat waiting for them at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) upon graduation from SBU. Qualified current SBU students may apply up to Feb. 1 of their sophomore year. (4+4 and accelerated 3+4 programs.) Learn more

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SBU-NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine Early Admission Program

Qualified St. Bonaventure students may declare their interest in applying for admission to the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine after their sophomore year at SBU, then apply at the end of their junior year. Learn more 

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SBU-LECOM Dual Admit Program in Dentistry

Qualified high school seniors accepted into this program have a reserved seat waiting for them at the LECOM School of Dental Medicine upon graduation from St. Bonaventure. Qualified current SBU students may be eligible to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more 

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SBU-University at Buffalo Dual Admit Program in Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

Qualified students accepted into this competitive program have a conditional seat waiting for them at the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences after attending SBU for three years. The program is completed with an additional four years at the UB, leading to both a BS and a PharmD degree. Learn more

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SBU-LECOM Dual Admit Program in Pharmacy

Qualified high school seniors accepted into this program have a reserved seat waiting for them at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Pharmacy after three years at SBU. Qualified current SBU students may apply after three semesters at SBU. Learn more

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SBU-Daemen Dual Admit Program in Physical Therapy

Qualified high school seniors accepted into this program are dually admitted to St. Bonaventure University and Daemen University's Department of Physical Therapy. Current SBU students may qualify to enter this program and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more

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SBU-St. Francis U. Combined Degree in Physical Therapy

Qualified high school seniors accepted into this program have a provisional seat waiting for them at St. Francis (Pa.) University Department of Physical Therapy after attending SBU. Current SBU students may also qualify for this program and will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Learn more