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 to pursue professional degrees like medicine, law, or business administration.
To be eligible for the LMU McNair Scholars Program, a student must satisfy the following criteria:
- A minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA is required (minimum 3.0 preferred)
- 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