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Accelerated Bachelor’s / Master’s

The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program is for UMBC undergraduates who make their intentions known to both their undergraduate advisor and the appropriate graduate program director, usually in their junior year. Academic departments hosting accelerated Bachelor’s / Master’s students will reference the program on their individual program pages.

Applying to the Accelerated Program

To participate in this program, students must complete the Application for the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program. Both the student’s undergraduate advisor and the Program Director for the graduate program in which they intend to take classes will need to sign off on the Bachelor’s/Master’s Accelerated application.

A major advantage of this program is that it enables the student to double count credits toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Usually the student can double count up to nine credits, but please refer to the individual graduate program page for specific information regarding the number of credits allowed. If admitted, the student follows a prescribed course of study in which a predetermined number of credits at the 600 level or higher may be taken as an undergraduate and counted later toward the master’s degree. They may be enrolled on either a part-time or full-time basis. Students must complete the Request for Approval for Undergraduates to Take Courses for Graduate Credit form for each graduate level course in which they wish to enroll.

An undergraduate may apply to participate in an accelerated program even if the desired graduate program is in a department other than the one in which the student is majoring.

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Applying to your Graduate Program

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Students must still apply and be admitted to the Graduate School for the master’s portion of their program. Our graduate application can be completed online and the application fee is waived for eligible students in the accelerated programs. There will be no retroactive admissions to the accelerated program once the student has received the bachelor’s degree.

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Requirements & Eligibility

This program is selective. Students must have at least a 3.0 GPA to be considered, and some programs have more stringent requirements. The Graduate Record Examination is often waived for applicants in this program; some graduate programs also waive other application requirements (e.g. letters of recommendation). If admitted, students must develop a plan of study for the remainder of their undergraduate career with the graduate program director. Students in these accelerated tracks must continue to be in good academic standing throughout the course of their studies. In all cases, the faculty of both the student’s undergraduate and graduate programs must approve the courses that are being used toward the degrees in their respective departments.

A student admitted to the program may be allowed to take a break between the bachelor’s and master’s careers, but the graduate courses taken as an undergraduate must be used toward the master’s degree within five years.

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Transferring Credits into the Graduate Program

Once students are admitted to Graduate School and are enrolled, they must complete a Transfer of Credit form to transfer approved graduate credits taken as an undergraduate into the master’s program. Note that only the credits are transferred, not the grade received.

No more than one master’s degree may be earned through a combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program.

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