Accelerated MAIS Concentration in Energy and Sustainability

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Bachelor's Degree (any)/Interdisciplinary Studies, Accelerated MAIS (Energy and Sustainability Concentration)

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated master's degree in interdisciplinary studies. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in energy and sustainability after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometimes within five years. For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to this program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental website.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all coursework. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

Select two from the following: 6
Special Topics in Economics (when topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)  
EVPP 533
Energy Policy  
EVPP 642
Environmental Policy  
GGS 507
Sustainable Development  
Interdisciplinary Research Methods  
Environmental Ethics  
PHYS 581
Topics in Renewable Energy  
Total Credits 6

As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Recommended Majors

Anthropology, chemistry, economics, environmental and sustainability studies, integrative studies, global affairs, mathematics, physics, sociology, and relevant concentrations in the Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS) degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

Select 6 credits from the following: 6
Special Topics in Economics (when topic involves environmental or sustainability issues)  
EVPP 533
Energy Policy  
EVPP 642
Environmental Policy  
GGS 507
Sustainable Development  
Interdisciplinary Research Methods  
Environmental Ethics  
PHYS 581
Topics in Renewable Energy  
Total Credits 6

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates for more information.

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