Eligibility

Eligibility

The Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program is a masters and PhD preparation program. It is research-focused and therefore not intended for students who wish you pursue professional degrees like medicine, law, or business administration. 

Eligibility 

To be eligible for the LMU McNair Scholars Program, a student must satisfy the following criteria:

  • A 2.8 minimum cumulative GPA
  • A minimum of 60 units completed before entering the program
  • U.S. citizenship or U.S. permanent residency
  • Preference given to students majoring in the sciences, engineering, math, economics, political science, psychology, and sociology 
  • First in the family to complete a baccalaureate degree and come from a low-income family OR be a member of a group underrepresented in graduate education (including African American, Native American, and Chicano/Latino)
  • Intend to pursue a Ph.D. after graduation.  The McNair Scholars Program is not open to students who intend to obtain professional degrees such as medicine, dentistry, management, or law.

 

Program Requirements and Expectations

  • Attend bi-weekly one-unit course junior and senior years
  • Participate in summer research programs as a rising junior and a rising senior
  • Present at a national conference and multiple regional conferences
  • Prepare for and take the GRE exam
  • Apply to graduate school