Accelerated Master's Degree Plan

The Accelerated Master's (AM) Degree offers the opportunity for outstanding students to begin earning credit toward a master's degree while still pursuing undergraduate studies. Our accelerated programs allow a student to complete a master's in less time and at a lower cost.

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 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 in graduate courses taken.
  4. AM students may apply a maximum of 12 graduate hours to the baccalaureate degree, depending on the graduate program. 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 transferrable 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 semester 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.

Graduate programs are invited to develop guidelines for recruiting undergraduates into an AM Degree Program and for guiding students admitted to the program. Following the minimum guidelines above, proposals must:

  1. Designate at what point students may apply for the degree program
  2. Define admission requirements to the AM program as an undergraduate (GPA,
  3. Stipulate the number of graduate hours and/or which graduate courses--up to a maximum of 9--that      may be applied to the baccalaureate degree.
  4. Designate at what point a student must apply for full admission to the master's graduate degree and meet all admission requirements, including GPA and satisfactory completion of the GRE and/or GMAT.
  5. Describe deviations from the standard undergraduate program and the standard graduate program.
  6. Plans to provide the student with the advising necessary for program success.
  7. Describe contingency plans for students who do not finish the master's degree

AM proposals must be approved through the regular curriculum process through the University Courses and Curriculum Committee, Director of Graduate School, and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

The following degree programs have been approved to offer the accelerated Master's degree:

B.S. Chemistry/M.S. Chemistry

B.S. Computer Science/M.S. Computer Science

B.S. Computer Science/M.S. Computer Science

B.A. English/M.A. English

B.A. Political Science/M.P.A.

B.S. Physics/M.S. Applied Physics