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Accelerated Masters

Highly motivated students with defined professional goals can earn a bachelor's and master's degree in record time through our accelerated program.

The Accelerated Master’s Degree Program is designed for the Carter School's highly qualified and highly motivated undergraduate students. Accelerated students can earn up to 12 credits of graduate credit in their final undergraduate year, allowing them to complete both degrees in record time.

Program Information

During the first semester of senior year, after completing 90 hours of undergraduate coursework, admitted students will take up to 6 credits (2 classes) that will count towards both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. The courses should be graduate electives and may count towards an undergraduate concentration.

During the second semester of senior year, students will take up to 6 credits (2 classes) that will count towards the graduate degree only.

Failure to complete undergraduate degree requirements or taking unapproved graduate courses may result in termination from the accelerated master’s program.

  • Must major in Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Applicants should complete at least 75 credits toward the bachelor’s degree and no more than 90 credits toward the degree at the time of application. Students with more than 90 credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • At least 24 credits must have been taken at Mason at time of application
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.25 or higher.

Applicants are evaluated for admission with the same criteria as all other Master’s Program applicants.

To apply, students must meet all criteria stated in the George Mason University Catalog.

Interested students must meet with an Academic Advisor to review program policy and the Accelerated Master's Application at least one month before the application deadline.

Application does not guarantee admission.

Application Process

Prior to submitting your application, applicants must meet with an undergraduate academic advisor to review program policies, eligibility, and to create a plan for undergraduate degree completion.

*Note: Do not apply through the standard university Application for Graduate Study to initiate your application to the Accelerated Master’s Program.

Application Requirements
  • Goals statement (750-1000 words)
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation (see an advisor for letters of recommendation guide)
  • Your choice of paper or revised paper from an undergraduate course assignment that best reflects your analytical writing ability, reasoning capacity, and critical thinking skills on a topic related to conflict and/or conflict resolution.