Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Programs
Are you interested in accelerating your college studies? The College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University offers several programs where students can earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as little as five years.
The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) collaborates with undergraduate programs to offer seventeen Bachelor's/Accelerated master's programs to academically strong undergraduates (minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA) currently enrolled at George Mason University with an interest in pursuing a master's degree in an accelerated timeframe. Students may apply for the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master’s program their second semester junior year (the semester in which they will have earned at least 90 semester hours) and once any prerequisites have been met.
- Download and complete the agreement and application (no fee is required )
- Schedule a meeting with your undergraduate advisor and take along your application and an unofficial copy of your transcript printed from PatriotWeb. Receive confirmation on which master’s level courses will be applied to your bachelor’s degree.
- Bring your completed application, with both your signature and your undergraduate Advisor’s signature, and required supporting admissions application documents to the CEHD Graduate Admissions office in Thompson Hall 2300 by the application deadline for your specific graduate program.
- CEHD Graduate Admissions will send all of your application materials to the appropriate graduate program for approval to participate in the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master’s program. Applicants may be required to take part in an interview and complete a writing sample.
*This is a one-semester BAM for a student’s final senior semester. Student must have room in schedule to take 3 graduate courses. Application will be submitted 1st semester senior year.
Checking Your Application Status:
- The processing time for the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master’s applications can take up to 6 weeks after the posted deadline.
- Questions about your application should only be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Decisions will not be given over the phone by the program or by the CEHD Graduate Admissions office.
Notification and Registration:
- If your Bachelor's/Accelerated Master’s application is approved, a notice of approval will be sent to you via email (the name of your graduate advisor will be provided in this correspondence).
- Approved Bachelor's/Accelerated Master’s participants will be allowed to register for graduate courses via PatriotWeb once at least 90 hours of undergraduate degree credits have been earned. Those who were previously listed under Junior or Senior status in Patriot Web, will now be listed as ‘Senior Plus.’
- Please note that approval of specific courses on the application does not guarantee a specific course section will be open or offered at the time of registration.
- Approval for the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master’s program only guarantees admission to a degree program at a later date IF the student maintains the required GPA and follows all of the Transition to Graduate Status admission instructions listed below.
Transition to Graduate Status:
- File your intent to graduate in your second to final semester of your undergraduate degree http://registrar.gmu.edu/graduation/index.html.
- At the beginning of your final undergraduate semester, meet with your undergraduate and graduate advisors to have your Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's (BAM) Transition Form signed and approved. This form can be found online at: http://registrar.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/BAMT.pdf.
- The approved BAM Transition Form must be submitted to CEHD Graduate Admissions and will then be forwarded by CEHD to the Registrar’s Office. Once the BAM Transition Form has been processed by CEHD Graduate Admissions and the Registrar, you will receive an official admission letter via the US postal service for the master’s program. If this form is not received by CEHD, you will not be eligible to be formally admitted to your graduate program.
- If you would like to qualify for in-state tuition for your graduate program, you must also submit a new domicile form (http://admissions.gmu.edu/documents/domicileApplication.pdf) with your BAM Transition Form to CEHD Graduate Admissions.
- During your first semester as a graduate student applicable credits will be designated “Advanced Standing.”
Note: All graduate courses students take are subject to the same rules and regulations as indicated in the University Catalog.