Accelerated master’s degree programs provide high-achieving Mason undergraduates with the opportunity to earn a Schar School master’s degree in a substantially reduced period of time. The benefits of the accelerated program include:
- A streamlined master’s application process.
- No application fee.
- The ability to take up to 12 graduate credits (4 courses) while completing a bachelor’s degree. Six of the graduate credits apply toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The remaining six credits are held as reserve graduate credit to count toward the master’s degree.
- Undergraduate tuition rates for graduate courses taken while completing bachelor’s degree.
- A head-start on the master’s degree program with up to 12 credits earned in advance of master’s degree matriculation.
ACCELERATED MASTER'S DEGREES AT THE SCHAR SCHOOL
The Schar School offers top-ranked master's degrees taught by world-renowned faculty. The following master's programs offer an accelerated option for George Mason University undergraduate students, allowing you to earn your master's degree in a shorter period of time, and at a lower total cost:
WHO CAN APPLY?
The accelerated master's track is available to George Mason University undergraduate students who meet the following criteria:
- Who have earned between 75 to 100 credits toward their bachelor’s degree
- Please note that students who are in their final undergraduate semester are ineligible for admission into the accelerated master's program. If you'd like to be considered for the program, please apply at least two undergraduate semesters (excluding summer) prior to starting the master's program (admissions decisions are offered in the fall and spring semesters only).
- Who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher for Public Administration, Public Policy, Biodefense, Political Science, and International Commerce and Policy. A 3.6 cumulative GPA or higher is required for International Security.
- Who have completed the following course prerequisites:
- At least 12 credits of undergraduate Government, Economics, and/or Global Affairs courses for the International Commerce and Policy program
- At least 12 credits of undergraduate Government and/or Economics courses for the Master of Public Policy Program
- At least 12 credits of undergraduate Government courses for the MPA or Political Science programs
For all students who have already been ADMITTED to the Accelerated Master’s program and are completing their transition form, you will still complete the transition using the paper-based transition form. Your graduate academic advisor is determined based on your program, and can be found here.
For those students who are applying to the Accelerated Master’s program, you will need to complete the process online through the Office of Graduate Admissions website following the steps below:
WHAT DO I NEED?
The following supplemental materials are required to be considered for the accelerated master’s programs. Please note that the political science program has an additional requirement.*
International Commerce and Policy, MA
International Security, MA
Public Administration, MPA
Public Policy, MPP
|Political Science, MA
(750-1,000 word written statement
of your goals and interest in the program)
One letter of
(from your undergraduate
HOW TO APPLY
Upon completion of all requirements for the bachelor’s degree, accelerated students will be fully admitted to the master’s degree program for the fall or spring term (not summer) following bachelor’s degree conferral. The policies below govern accelerated matriculation into graduate degree status:
- Students must pursue their master’s degree in the semester immediately following their bachelor’s degree conferral.
- Students admitted to an accelerated master’s program must continue satisfactory performance in undergraduate course work in order to progress to matriculated graduate status. A grade of B or better must be earned in all undergraduate course taken after application to an accelerated master’s program.
- Students must earn a B or better in all graduate coursework taken while in accelerated status.
- Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits after matriculation into master’s degree status.
Read more about how to apply and review all admissions requirements in detail.
Questions? Contact your undergraduate advisor or the Schar School Graduate Admissions at email@example.com or (703) 993-8099.