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Accelerated Master's Degree Program

Accelerated Programs

The accelerated master's degree program allows Arts & Sciences day students to count their graduate-level course work (completed as an undergraduate) toward a master's degree. With careful planning, some of this course work can be incorporated into a student’s undergraduate course of study, be covered by their regular undergraduate tuition, and lead to an A.B. earned in normal time with an accompanying master's in an additional one or two extra semesters of study.

Note: University College undergraduate students interested in an accelerated master's should consider our Combined Bachelor's & Master's Degree program.


Only current Arts & Sciences undergraduates who are earning an A.B. are eligible for this Accelerated Master's Degree program. The accelerated master's program option applies to the following master's degree programs:

Program Requirements

  • Students must apply to the MA program in their senior year and begin the MA no later than the semester (fall or spring) following their graduation. GRE tests are not required. All admissions are provisional until the successful completion of the BA.
  • Completion of a minimum of 135 units of course work, undergraduate and graduate, including all distribution requirements for the Bachelor's degree.
  • Students must complete all requirements of the Master's program beyond the requirements for their undergraduate major to obtain their BA. Some of this course work can double count as general elective credits toward the undergraduate degree.
  • Consistent with the College of Arts & Sciences requirement regarding double counting of upper-division courses toward distinct majors, students cannot double count courses toward their undergraduate majors/minors and MA degree. Course work for the undergraduate major and the MA must be distinct.
  • Course work taken by a daytime undergraduate in a MA curriculum in University College (maximum one course per semester) can count as general elective credit toward the undergraduate degree, with the exception of online courses.
  • Students may apply up to three courses taken at the 400 level or above (with a maximum of 12 units) in the day program towards MA programs that require fewer than 36 units for completion. For MA programs that require 36 or more units, up to five courses at the 400 level or above (with a maximum of 16 units) from the day program may be applied.
  • Courses from the day program (at the 400-500 level) must be approved by the department or program offering the Master’s degree.
  • All courses taken within the relevant University College MA curriculum as an undergraduate can count toward the MA degree provided such courses are part of the student’s unrestricted electives.
  • No more than six of the 30/36 graduate units can be earned in independent study or research.
  • All courses offered toward the graduate degree must be completed with a grade of B or better.

Application Process

Students are strongly encouraged to speak with a University College advisor as soon as they are considering the accelerated master's degree.

Our advisors go the extra mile to help you navigate your path and needs. We will provide you with the tools to make each moment spent on your education as valuable as possible. Students will receive:

  • individual appointments with an experienced advisor;
  • career planning services to prepare you for opportunities after graduation;
  • a partner throughout your journey to ensure success.

Schedule an Appointment

We have suspended in-person advising appointments temporarily according to the university’s response to COVID-19. Students should not come to campus, but advisors are still available to help you by email, phone or Zoom.​​​​ 

Student advising is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

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Director of Advising and Student Services: Elizabeth Fogt | (314) 935-6778 |