Accelerated master’s degree programs (also called "BAMs," for Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's) are designed for Mason’s highly qualified and highly motivated undergraduates. Below are just a few reasons to consider a BAM:
Students admitted to an accelerated master’s degree program have the opportunity to complete both degrees in a reduced amount of time, and at a reduced cost.
Academic advising plays a critical role for students considering an accelerated master's program. A few questions that students should explore when meeting with their advisor are:
Students who have earned at least 60 credits (including transfer credits) are eligible to apply for an accelerated master's program. The application cannot be submitted until 60 credits have been earned. Students should contact their academic advisor and BAM Coordinator (see the Contact a Coordinator link above to the right) for the best advice on eligibility.
GPA and Course Requirements
Each accelerated master's program has set specific requirements for admission, which are clearly outlined on the program's pages (see the Find a Program link above to the right). In general, applicants should have a minimum 3.0 GPA, and in many cases a 3.25 GPA or higher is required.
When researching programs be sure to find out:
It depends on the program! Applicants to an accelerated master's program should be prepared to provide, at a minimum, along with the application:
Some programs may also require a writing sample, GRE scores, or a portfolio of academic work. Consult the program's web page for specific information about application requirements and do not hesitate to ask the BAM Coordinator for more detail.
For additional guidance on applying to an accelerated master's program, visit the guide posted by Mason's Office of Admissions: https://www.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/accelerated-masters.