Policies for Accelerated Master's Programs

These policies apply to all accelerated master's programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

  • Applicants to accelerated master’s programs must meet all admission criteria as required by their specific degree program.
  • Students admitted to an accelerated master’s program must continue satisfactory performance in undergraduate course work and maintain a GPA commensurate with the admission standards of the program.
  • At the time of the conferral of the undergraduate degree, the GPAs of students must meet the standard required for admission to graduate programs at Mason (3.00).
  • No grade below 3.00 is permitted for any undergraduate course taken after application to an accelerated master’s program.
  • After completing 90 credits of undergraduate course work, students admitted to an accelerated master’s program may enroll in up to six credits of graduate course work with the approval of the directors of the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
  • Students must earn a minimum grade of 3.00 in each approved graduate course taken while in undergraduate status.
  • The Mason undergraduate degree must be conferred at or before the semester specified on the application for admission to the accelerated master’s program.
  • Students admitted to an accelerated master’s degree must enroll in the graduate program in the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Once students have completed all requirements for the undergraduate degree for the term specified on their application, including the graduate courses, they are fully admitted to the graduate degree program in the fall or spring term (not summer) immediately following the undergraduate degree conferral. As graduate students, they are assessed graduate tuition and are subject to all graduate academic policies specified in the University Catalog.

University Requirements for Accelerated Master's Degree Programs