Accelerated Master's Degree Option

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Why choose an accelerated option?

It shortens the time to earn your master’s degree. Earn graduate credit as you complete your bachelor’s degree.

How it works

Apply for the accelerated option in your junior year.

If you meet the admission requirements (detailed below), up to 12 credit hours will count toward your bachelor's and master's degree.

You'll graduate with both degrees a year sooner. Save time and money.

Scheduling requirements

Before you enroll in a course for both undergraduate and graduate credit, you must receive approval from:

You can do this by using a mixed credit form (.pdf).

You must gain admission into the MPS program and receive all approvals before the end of the Change of Schedule period for the course(s).

Accelerated Master's Option Admission requirements

Exceptional Missouri State University undergraduate students may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Professional Studies program in their junior year after admission requirements for the accelerated program have been satisfied.  Candidates for this option must have junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.20 or higher.  If admitted, up to 12 hours of 600-level or 700-level courses may be designated as "mixed credit" and count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  This option gives these undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in 10 semesters and a summer.

Before enrolling in a course that will apply to both the undergraduate program and the master's program an undergraduate student must:

  1. Be admitted into the accelerated program;
  2. Receive prior approval from the MSIS advisor, department head of the undergraduate program, and the Dean of the Graduate College.  This is done by using a mixed credit form.

Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s).  See the Graduate College for further information.

Admission Requirement for the Accelerated Option:

  1. Junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.20 or better;
  2. A supportive recommendation letter from the applicant's undergraduate advisor, program director, or department head;
  3. A written statement of purpose explaining why the student wants to pursue the accelerated Master's program along with the prospective plans following graduation.  ​​​​​​​