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Accelerated Master's Programs

The accelerated master’s degree option provides a transition that enables outstanding A-State undergraduate students to begin taking graduate course work in their junior or senior year by combining components of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Students admitted into an approved accelerated master’s degree program may have a limited number of graduate level courses counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree. Students must apply and be admitted to the accelerated master’s program by the department before enrolling for any courses to apply to the graduate degree. A-State graduate programs offering an accelerated option are listed below:

  • Accounting (MAcc)
  • Agriculture (M.S.A.) - All Concentrations
  • Chemistry (M.S.)
  • Computer Science (M.S.)
  • Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (M.S.)
  • History (M.A.)
  • Political Science (M.A.)
  • Special Education – Instructional Specialist Grades K-12 (M.S.E.)

Depending on the program, up to 12 hours of graduate credits will apply toward completion of the undergraduate degree requirements. Under the accelerated master’s degree option, a student will be fully admitted to the graduate program upon completion of the baccalaureate degree. This dual counting of a course for both undergraduate and graduate credit will only occur after the student completes the baccalaureate degree. Only courses with grades B or better will be eligible to count toward graduate credit. Undergraduate students interested in the accelerated master’s opportunity should contact their department or the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration for admission information.

ADMISSION AS AN UNDERGRADUATE TO ENROLL IN GRADUATE COURSES

In exceptional cases, undergraduate students with senior standing at A-State may enroll in graduate-level course-work either for undergraduate or graduate credit.

For undergraduate credit:

An undergraduate student with senior standing at A-State who wishes to take a graduate course for undergraduate credit must:

  1. have a 3.25 undergraduate GPA,
  2. have written consent from the faculty advisor, course professor, and the Graduate Dean

Upon approval, seniors may enroll in a maximum of 9 hours of graduate work for undergraduate credit, provided the total undergraduate and graduate hours do not exceed 15 semester hours. A course used toward an undergraduate degree cannot be counted or used later for graduate credit, except in the case of enrollment in an approved accelerated master’s program. Graduate tuition will be charged for all graduate courses.

For graduate credit:

An undergraduate student with senior standing at A-State who wishes to take a graduate course for graduate credit must:

  1. meet the GPA requirements for unconditional admission to Graduate Programs,
  2. have no more than 12 hours of undergraduate work remaining to complete the bachelor’s degree
  3. obtain approval of the faculty advisor, course professor, and the Graduate Dean

Upon approval, seniors may enroll in a maximum of 12 hours of graduate work, provided the total undergraduate and graduate hours do not exceed 15 semester hours. A course used toward an undergraduate degree cannot be counted or used later for graduate credit, except in the case of enrollment in an approved accelerated master’s program. Students will receive graduate credit only if the requirements for the bachelor's degree have been met by the end of the term and all requirements for admission to the graduate program are met. Enrollment under these conditions is limited to one term. Graduate tuition will be charged for all graduate courses. Other exceptional undergraduate students who have attained senior status but are not in their last 12 hours and who wish to enroll in graduate courses will be considered on a case-by-case basis.