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Accelerated Master's Programs

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Whether you plan to teach or simply know the direction your career is headed, you can make quick work of your graduate studies and earn a bachelor’s and a master’s in five years. Applicants get their graduate application fee waived, and admitted students may obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree after satisfactory completion of 144 to 150 credits (number of required credits depends on the degree program).

Floating their Boats in a Concrete Canoe

Mason engineering student Dominick Casciano has been a member of the Volgenau School of Engineering concrete canoe team since its inception three years ago. In 2014, he led the team that built a canoe named Perseverance and competed in the mid‐Atlantic portion of this national collegiate engineering competition. 

Why concrete? “They make ships out of steel. Why not a concrete canoe?” says Casciano, who has already completed his bachelor’s degree and is working on his master’s in civil and infrastructure engineering as part of the accelerated master’s program. 

Planning and implementation for the project comes down to the concrete mix the team decides on and the design of the canoe, which they mold using big sheets of foam. “You want the [concrete] mix to be light and strong,” Casciano explains.

Dominick Casciano

Civil and infrastructure major Dominick Casciano works on the mold for this year’s concrete canoe.

  • Accounting, BS, Accelerated MS

    The Accelerated MS in Accounting enables current Mason BS in Accounting majors to earn a master’s degree in just 10 additional months after completing their undergraduate work. Combined with your undergraduate degree in accounting, you’ll meet Virginia’s 150 credit-hour requirement to site for the CPA exam and instantly become a more valuable prospect to employers.

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  • Anthropology BA, Accelerated MA

    The Master’s degree program in Anthropology prepares students for a PhD as well as for careers in the government, private sector, development, museums, and many other fields. Students may focus on cultural anthropology and bioarchaeology. Students learn how to use fieldwork methods appropriate for their plans and goals and gain a better understanding of the ethics of conducting research.

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  • Applied Computer Science BS/Computer Science, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Applied Computer Science, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Computer Science, MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Applied Computer Science BS/Data Analytics Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Applied Computer Science, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Data Analytics Engineering, MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Applied Computer Science, BS/Information Security and Assurance, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Applied Computer Science, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Information Security and Assurance MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Applied Computer Science, BS/Information Systems, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Applied Computer Science, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Information Systems MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Applied Computer Science, BS/Software Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Applied Computer Science BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Software Engineering MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Art History, Accelerated MA

    Highly qualified undergraduates in any major who have taken at least two 300-level art history courses with a minimum grade of B+ in each may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in art history. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in their chosen major and a master’s degree in art history after satisfactory completion of 144 credits, sometimes within five years. 

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  • Arts Management, MA

    The MA in arts management responds to a growing demand for graduates who can manage and coordinate the arts, bridging the worlds of performing and visual arts with applied managerial skills. The Washington, D.C., region is home to one of the nation’s largest concentrations of arts organizations. The demand for arts managers with skills in financial and budgetary management, strategic management and entrepreneurship, and public relations, including marketing and advertising, has arguably never been more acute. The need for arts managers with skills in philanthropy, fund raising, and ongoing relationship management in the private and public arts sectors also continues to grow at a fast pace.

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  • Biodefense, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated MS degree in Biodefense. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in their chosen major and an MS in Biodefense with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Biodefense, MS

    For those interested in protecting our nation from natural or man-made biological threats, Mason offers MS and PhD programs in biodefense. Studies in microbiology and biotechnology, combined with a broad security and organizational context, ready students for employment in biodefense and biosecurity fields, the security industry, nongovernmental organizations, and the government, as well as positions in academia.

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  • Bioengineering, BS/Data Analytics Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Bioengineering BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Data Analytics Engineering MS with a concentration in Bioengineering. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree. 

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  • Biology, BS, Accelerated MS

    Qualified undergraduates may be provisionally admitted into an accelerated master’s program to obtain both a BS and an MS within an accelerated time frame. This program is open only to Biology, BS students who wish to pursue the microbiology or molecular biology concentrations within the Biology, MS program. Students admitted to this accelerated master’s program may take graduate courses after completing 90 undergraduate credits, and up to 6 credits of graduate work may be used in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the undergraduate degree. If students earn at least a 3.0 in these graduate courses and meet the application requirements, they are granted advanced standing in the master’s program and must then complete an additional 24 credits to receive the master’s degree.

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  • Chemistry, BS, Accelerated MS

    The five-year BS/Accelerated MS degree program leads to a research-based MS degree following satisfactory completion of 144 credits. It allows academically strong undergraduates with a commitment to research to obtain a BS and a MS degree within five academic years plus the summer of the last year.

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  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, BS, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students working on a bachelor's degree in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering have the option of obtaining an accelerated master's degree. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Community Health, BS, Accelerated MPH

    Qualified undergraduates can earn a BS and a Master of Public Health in a condensed time frame. The MPH is the most widely recognized professional degree for those wishing to enter or advance in the field of public health. The program is designed for undergraduate students who have at least 75, but no more than 90 credits toward any bachelor’s degree.

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  • Computer Engineering, BS, Accelerated MS

    Computer Engineering involves knowledge of hardware and software development. The students learn how to design new generations of computers, as well as embedded computing systems, such as those found in smartphones, cars, appliances, computer networks, smart factories, and the Internet of Things. The university offers highly qualified students in the Computer Engineering bachelor's degree program the option of obtaining an accelerated MS in Computer Engineering.

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  • Computer Science BS/Data Analytics Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Computer Science BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Data Analytics Engineering MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Computer Science, BS, Accelerated MS

    Computer Science is the discipline concerned with the design, implementation, and maintenance of the computer software systems used in almost all other professions. Computer scientists must be well-grounded in the technologies needed for the acquisition, representation, storage, transmission, transformation, and use of information in digital form and must be capable of working closely with members of other professions associated with computing. Highly qualified students in the BS in Computer Science program have the option of obtaining an accelerated MS in Computer Science.  

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  • Computer Science, BS/Information Security and Assurance, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Computer Science BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Information Security and Assurance MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Computer Science, BS/Information Systems, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students earning a BS in  Computer Science have the option of obtaining an accelerated Information Systems MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Computer Science, BS/Software Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students earning a BS in Computer Science have the option of obtaining an accelerated Software Engineering MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution, BA, BS, Accelerated MS

    The Accelerated Master’s is designed for highly qualified and motivated undergraduate students majoring in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  Students admitted to this program have the opportunity to complete both their bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in a condensed time frame. Areas of concentration include: Building Peace in Divided Societies; Global Engagement; Political and Social Action; Justice and Reconciliation; Interpersonal Dynamics; and 
    Collaborative Leadership.

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  • Data Analytics Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Qualified undergraduate students have the option of obtaining an accelerated Data Analytics Engineering MS with a concentration in predictive analytics. While no specific undergraduate degree is required, Mason undergraduate students majoring in systems engineering or any other engineering, business, computer science, statistics, mathematics, or information technology may apply to this option if they meet certain requirements. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree. 

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  • Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners, Accelerated MEd

    Highly qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor’s/accelerated master’s program and obtain either a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners in an accelerated time frame after completion of 144 credits. This program is offered by the Graduate School of Education in the College of Education and Human Development. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Early Childhood Special Education (Non-Licensure), Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s program and obtain both a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Special Education, Concentration in Early Childhood Special Education (Non-Licensure) within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Earth Science - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BS in Earth Science and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education Earth Science within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Earth Science, BS, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BS in Earth Science and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education Earth Science within an accelerated time frame. Students meeting the qualifications may be admitted to this program following completion of 90 undergraduate credits. They may then take 12 graduate credits within their senior year (i.e., six credits will partially satisfy requirements of both the BS in Earth Science and the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction; six credits will be completed as reserve graduate credit toward the MEd only). If students earn at least a 3.0 in these classes, they are granted advanced standing in the master's program and, upon completion of the bachelor's degree, must then take an additional 23 credits to earn the master's degree.

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  • Economics BA, BS, Accelerated MA

    Mason's nationally ranked graduate economics programs are noted for their concentrations: experimental economics, Austrian economics, public choice, constitutional political economy, law and economics, and new institutional economics. Highly qualified Mason economics majors may apply to the accelerated master's degree program. Those accepted will be able to earn a bachelor's and master's degrees in economics after satisfactory completion of 144 credits. Graduates are exceptionally well-prepared for professional school or a PhD program in economics or a related discipline.

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  • Educational Psychology, Accelerated MS

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’ program and obtain a BA or BS in any degree area and MS in Educational Psychology within an accelerated time frame. Among the concentrations: Assessment, Evaluation and Testing; Learning, Cognition and Motivation; Leaning and Decision-Making in Leadership.

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  • Electrical Engineering, BS, Accelerated MS

    The BS/Accelerated MS program is intended for those highly capable students who are interested in immediately continuing their undergraduate academic program in electrical or computer engineering into a graduate program in their respective discipline. This program allows for the completion of both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in EE in five years and 145 credit hours or in CpE in five years and 150 credit hours.

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  • Electrical Engineering, BS/Telecommunications, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Electrical Engineering, BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Telecommunications, MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Elementary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA in Integrative Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Education within an accelerated time frame.

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  • English - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s program and obtain a BA in English or a BFA in Creative Writing and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education English within an accelerated time frame.

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  • English, Accelerated MA, with a Concentration in Linguistics

    Highly qualified Mason undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in English with a concentration in linguistics. If accepted, students will be able to earn a BA in their chosen major and an MA in English with a concentration in linguistics after satisfactory completion of 144 credits. This program of study is offered by the Department of English.

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  • Environmental Science and Policy, Accelerated MS

    This degree option allows highly qualified George Mason University students to earn an Environmental Science and Policy, MS in less time than if they had first graduated with an environmentally-focused Green Leaf -designated BA or BS degree, then applied to the MS program sequentially. This program of study is offered by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Science.

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  • Folklore Studies, Accelerated MA, Concentration in the MAIS

    Highly qualified Mason undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in folklore 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 folklore studies after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometimes within five years.

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  • Global Affairs, MA, Accelerated MA

    The Global Affairs graduate program prepares globally competent professionals to enter today's fast-paced, interconnected world. Using a multidisciplinary approach, coursework highlights both the theoretical and practical aspects of the cultural, political, and economic dynamics of globalization.

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  • History and Social Science - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA in Integrative Studies, Concentration in Social Science for Education and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education History and Social Science within an accelerated time frame.

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  • History, MA, Accelerated MA

    History is the study of change over time, and explores the people and events that shaped the human condition. As a history major, you will study a variety of historical time periods, from Greek and Roman antiquity to the late twentieth-century. Highly qualified undergraduates may apply to the accelerated master’s degree program and obtain both a BA and an MA in history after satisfactory completion of 144 credits. Students must have completed 90 credits, including HIST 300 with a minimum grade of B+, before they can enter the program.

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  • Individualized Study, BIS, Accelerated MS

    Highly-qualified students in the Individualized Study, BIS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Applied Information Technology, MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Individualized Study, BIS/Telecommunications, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Individualized Study, BIS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Telecommunications, MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Information Technology, BS/Applied Information Technology, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Information Technology BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Applied Information Technology MS.  Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Information Technology, BS/Computer Forensics, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Information Technology BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Computer Forensics MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Information Technology, BS/Information Security and Assurance, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Information Technology BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Information Security and Assurance, MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Information Technology, BS/Information Systems, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Information Technology BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Information Systems MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Information Technology, BS/Software Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Information Technology BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Software Engineering MS.  Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Information Technology, BS/Telecommunications, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Information Technology BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Telecommunications MS.  Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Concentration in Energy and Sustainability), Accelerated MAIS

    Highly qualified Mason undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in energy and sustainability. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor's in their chosen major, in addition to this master's degree. Then they can pursue a career in legislative or regulatory affairs, public relations in energy-related government agencies and nongovernmental organizations, public utilities, regulatory bodies and energy trade organizations, among others.

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  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Concentration in Folklore Studies), Accelerated MAIS

    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 folklore studies. Students have the opportunity to work in communities and collect living traditional materials that are critical to human identity and values and go on to careers in cultural agencies, governmental organizations, and teaching institutions.

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  • Interdisciplinary Studies (Concentration in Women and Gender Studies), Accelerated MAIS

    Highly qualified undergraduates in select majors may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in women and gender studies. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn both their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in women and gender studies. Students may go on to work in advocacy, social services-related positions, community development, business and government, to name just a few areas

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  • International Commerce and Policy, MA

    Students earning an MA in the International Commerce and Policy (ICP) program develop skills and expertise in global finance, investment, trade, and development, which help them work as leaders in multinational organizations, nonprofits, NGOs, and consulting firms. Unlike traditional international affairs programs, ICP focuses on international economic issues such as global trade and investment. It differs from an MBA program by providing training in the political, technological, cultural, and social aspects of the global economy.

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  • Law 3+3, Accelerated Bachelor and JD (Law)

    The 3+3 Accelerated Program offers highly motivated undergraduate students a fast track to earn both a bachelor's degree and a law degree in six, rather than seven, years of study. After completing three years as an undergraduate and gaining admission to the law school through the specified process, participants become a full-time, first-year law student at the School of Law on the University’s Arlington campus. Upon successful completion of the first year of law study, the credits earned will be counted toward the JD degree and as elective credits sufficient to complete the University’s requirements for the bachelor’s degree. Students must complete all core curriculum and major-specific courses of their undergraduate education by the end of the sixth semester of undergraduate study, take the LSAT no later than December of the final undergraduate year and obtain an LSAT score equal to or exceeding the median LSAT of the preceding year for Mason Law students.

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  • Mathematics - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA or BS in Mathematics (degree without concentration) and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education Mathematics within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Mathematics, BS, Accelerated MS

    This five-year degree program allows academically strong students to obtain a BS and MS by successfully completing 144 credits within five academic years and one summer. Well-prepared students are admitted to this program on completion of 90 credits, take selected graduate courses during their senior year, and are able to use up to 6 graduate credits to partially satisfy requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion of that degree and with satisfactory graduate level performance (3.0) in graduate courses, students are given advanced standing in the Master's program and complete an additional 24 credits to receive the MS degree. All other MS degree requirements must be met.

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  • Middle East and Islamic Studies, Accelerated MA

    Highly qualified undergraduates pursuing a BA in select majors may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic 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 Middle East and Islamic studies after satisfactory completion of 144 credits, sometimes within five years. The interdisciplinary, Accelerated MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences introduces students to the major issues and debates in the study of the Middle East, Islam and Muslim societies. Students study historical and contemporary topics—as well as theory and methodology—from both regional and global perspectives.

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  • Operations Research, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in selected BS programs have the option of obtaining an Accelerated Operations Research, MS.  Mason undergraduate students majoring in civil and infrastructure engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or systems engineering may apply to this option if they meet certain requirements. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree. 

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  • Philosophy, BA, Accelerated MA

    Highly qualified philosophy majors may apply to the accelerated master’s degree. If accepted, students will be able to earn a BA and a MA in philosophy, sometimes within five years. The master's degree in philosophy is designed for students who intend to pursue a doctorate in philosophy, as well as for those who seek the master's as a terminal degree, either in pursuit of their intellectual interests or to further their professional expertise. Students choose a master's degree with a focus on traditional and contemporary philosophy or one of three concentrations: ethics and public affairs; philosophy and cultural theory; or philosophy and public affairs. All offerings provide grounding in the history of philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, contemporary continental thought, contemporary analytic philosophy, and philosophy of science.
     

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  • Physics BS, Accelerated MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education Physics Concentration

    Highly qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor’s/accelerated master’s program and obtain both a BS in Physics and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education Physics Concentration in an accelerated time frame. All graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to get involved in research with faculty. Areas of study may include: applied physics; astrobiology; astronomy; astrophysics; atomic physics; biological physics; computational physics; data science; particle and nuclear physics; planetary science; space weather; and solar physics.

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  • Physics, BS, Applied and Engineering Physics, Accelerated MS

    Academically strong undergraduates with a commitment to research can obtain Physics, BS and Applied and Engineering Physics, MS degrees by completing 144 credits. Students take selected graduate courses during their senior year and are able to use up to 6 graduate credits in partial satisfaction of requirements for the undergraduate degree. Upon completion and conferral of the bachelor’s degree and with satisfactory performance (grade of ‘B’ or better) in each graduate course, students get advanced standing in the master’s program and complete an additional 24 credits to receive the master’s degree.

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  • Political Science, MA

    In Mason’s MA in Political Science, students develop a deeper understanding of political ideas and institutions, more sophisticated research skills, a better grasp of the intricacies of governments abroad, and a deeper knowledge of the complexities of international politics. The program is made up of four core courses in political science and completion of either a concentration in international security or a broader field of specialization in American government and politics, international relations, or comparative politics. This degree can lead to a career teaching about government; working with legislative bodies, government agencies, and international organizations; doing research and writing about politics and government; or further graduate study.

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  • Psychology, with a Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Accelerated MA, BA, BS

    Masons’ accelerated Psychology MA (with a Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience) allows highly qualified accepted students to earn a BA/BS and MA in Psychology together. This intensive course of study allows students to pursue their concentration of cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, building on a common foundation of scientific methodologies, examining the application of psychology to various behavioral and cognitive issues. Graduates are well-prepared to apply their advanced training to work within community agencies, health care settings, educational or social services systems in government or industry as researchers, trainers, mental health workers, administrators, and managers, or to continue with doctoral studies in psychology or related fields.

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  • Public Administration, MPA

    The government, nonprofits, and private industry need top-notch leadership to implement and manage public policies. And there’s no better place to get the training for those careers than Mason’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, one of the largest MPA programs in the country. Students learn how leadership, management, policy, and politics intersect, and they develop skills in communications, budgeting, and analysis. Graduates join thousands of alumni from the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs who are working for government agencies as well as nonprofits and prestigious companies.

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  • Public Policy, MPP

    Successful public policies can make the world a better place, and Mason’s Master of Public Policy program prepares students for influential positions in this field. They develop the skills in policymaking and analysis necessary to understand and solve critical problems. A plus of the program: Participants can chose from one of several areas of interest, including international governance and institutions, national security and public policy, and U.S. government institutions and policy management. Graduates pursue a wide range of careers in government agencies, NGOs, and consulting firms.

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  • Sociology, MA, Accelerated MA

    Mason’s Sociology MA emphasizes skills in both basic and applied research, and involves a strong personal mentoring experience. The program partners with nonprofit and community groups, providing ample opportunity for research, internships, and employment in various occupations. Students specialize in either institutions and inequality, or sociology of globalization. Faculty in our program have research specializations in culture; family, youth and aging; gender; globalization; immigration and migration; political economy, development and economic sociology; political sociology and social movements; race/ethnicity; religion; sociological theory; and urban sociology. Graduates are qualified for non-academic positions in many settings that rely on the expertise of sociologists including human service agencies, marketing research firms, educational systems, nonprofit foundations, and law enforcement agencies. Highly qualified Mason Sociology majors may apply to the accelerated master’s degree program, to earn both the BA and MA within five years.
     

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  • Special Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Special Education within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Sport and Recreation Studies, Accelerated MS

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a Bachelor's degree in any area and an MS in Sport and Recreation Studies within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Statistical Science, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in selected BS programs have the option of obtaining an accelerated Statistical Science MS.  Students enrolled in a BS degree in any of the Volgenau School major areas, in the Mathematics, a BS program from the College of Science, or in the Economics BS program from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences may apply for this option. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree. 

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  • Systems Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in selected BS programs have the option of obtaining an accelerated Systems Engineering MS. Mason undergraduate students majoring in civil and infrastructure engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or systems engineering may apply to this option if they meet certain requirements. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Systems Engineering, BS, Accelerated MS

    Students in the BS in Systems Engineering program may elect to enter an accelerated MS in Telecommunications Program while they are undergraduate students. The program is designed for qualified undergraduate students in the systems engineering program to proceed directly into the MS program, completing the two degrees with 144 credits. Students benefit from an accelerated program, and are well prepared to work in various fields to define, develop, and integrate such systems as computer networks, cars, intelligent robots, stereos, subways, and universities.

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  • Systems Engineering, BS/Telecommunications, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Systems Engineering, BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Telecommunications MS.  Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Theater, BA/Arts Management, Accelerated MA

    Undergraduates in Theater may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in Arts Management through joint cooperation between the School of Theater and the Arts Management Program. Students will begin their master’s program in the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

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