Accelerated Master of Science in English (AM)

Bachelor of Arts in English and Masters of Arts in English (MA)
College of Liberal Arts and Education and Human Development

 

The Accelerated Master's Degree is designed to enable graduate programs to identify potential candidates as early as the junior year of study by extending an "early" (conditional) admission.  The main feature of the program is that up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit earned while still an undergraduate may be used as dual credit for both the baccalaureate and master's degrees.

Minimum Requirements

AM students must have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.4 to be conditionally admitted into a master's degree program. Students may not enroll in graduate courses until they have 1) completed all requirements for the Core Curriculum; 2) completed a minimum of 75 hours of undergraduate work with at least 18 hours of upper-level courses completed in the major; and 3) been conditionally admitted to a master's program.

Conditional admission does not guarantee full admission to the program.  Students will be admitted fully to the graduate program only upon 1) awarding of the baccalaureate degree, 2) earning a total cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.4, and 3) receiving a successful score on any required entrance test. Individual departments may require additional criteria including a higher admission GPA.

Minimum Guidelines

  1. An updated undergraduate plan of study, which outlines all requirements for a baccalaureate degree completion and lists the graduate courses that will be posted to the baccalaureate transcript, must be approved by the student's advisor.
  2. Before an undergraduate AM student may register for graduate courses, a dual enrollment form indicating the courses to be taken for graduate credit must be approved by the Graduate School.
  3. To remain in an AM degree program, the student must maintain at least a 3.0 overall GPA of 3.0 in graduate courses taken.
  4. AM students may apply a maximum of 12 graduate hours to the baccalaureate degree. The following graduate courses will not count in the AM program toward the baccalaureate degree: Travel Study, Independent Study/Project/Research, Directed Study, Directed Readings, Practicum, Internships, other field based placement, or Thesis.
  5. The graduate hours taken to fulfill baccalaureate degree requirements will be fully transferable to the master's degree and will show on both the graduate and undergraduate transcripts.
  6. The baccalaureate degree may be awarded at any time following the completion of the undergraduate degree requirements, and at least two semesters before the graduate degree is awarded.
  7. If an AM student requests admission to any other master's program (or does not complete the approved master's degree within the prescribed time) the joint hours posted to the graduate transcript will be removed.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Liberal Arts
Bachelor of Arts in English and Accelerated Masters of Arts in English

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 1157  3  ENGL 1158 or 1159  3
MATH 1031, 1115, 1125 or higher  3  MATH 1032, 1116, 1126 or higher  3
Foreign Language 1001  3  Foreign Language 1002  3
Social Science  3  Social Science  3
Science (BIOS)  3  Science (BIOS or Physical Science)  3
UNIV 10011  1    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 15
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 2258  3  ENGL 2032  3
ENGL 2031  3  ENGL 2341  3
FORL 2001  3  Social Science (2000 level)  3
Social Science (2000 level)  3  Arts  3
Science (BIOS or Physical Science)  3  Humanities (History)  3
     ENGL 2342  3
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 18
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 4000-level (British Lit 1)  3  ENGL 4000-level (British Lit 1)  3
ENGL 3394  3  ENGL 4000-level(British Lit 2)  3
ENGL 4000-level (American Lit)  3  ENGL 4000-level (Elective or Concentration)  3
Humanities (History)  3  FORL 2002  3
Elective (Outside English, 3000+)  3  Elective  2
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 14
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 5000-level (Elective or Concentration)  3  ENGL 5000-level (Elective or Concentration)  3
ENGL 5000-level  3  ENGL 5000-level (Elective or Concentration)  3
Elective  3  Elective  3
Elective  3  Elective (ENGL 2392 or 4392; Independent Work for variable credit)  3
Elective  3    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 12
Total Degree Hours 120
Fifth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
ENGL 6000-level  9  ENGL 6000-level  6
     ENGL 6000-level  or 7000  3
Total Hours  9 Total Hours 9
Total Degree Hours 30
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.
  • Student may apply for admission into the AM program once 75 hrs with at least 18 hrs of upper-level courses in the major have been completed.
  • Student must file Application for Graduation for Bachelor’s in Year 4
  • Student must apply for admission into the Master’s program prior to the start of year 5
  • The following courses may NOT be counted toward the bachelor’s degree: Independent Study/Project/Research, Directed Study, Directed Readings, Practicum, Internships, and Thesis.
  • Coursework completed in this plan cannot be applied toward another graduate degree at UNO.
  • All graduate students completing the master’s degree must maintain a minimum of B grade in all 5000 level courses, and a minimum 3.0 average in all courses taken to satisfy the degree requirements excluding thesis research. A student can count up to four 5000 level courses toward the course work for the MS degree program. .