George Mason University

Accelerated Master's

Are you a highly-qualified Mason undergraduate? Academically strong Mason undergraduates with a commitment to research or graduate or professional studies can apply for an accelerated Master’s program and earn a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in five years.

The university offers a number of Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Programs. Applicants receive a waiver of the graduate application fee and admitted students may obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree after satisfactory completion of 144 - 150 credits (number of required credits depends on the graduate program).

How to Apply Guide

We’ve put together this guide to help you know what is required, how to submit your application, and avoid mistakes that may delay the consideration of your application. Please make sure you also read over our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section for more specifics.

Remember that if you have questions at any time, the Office of Graduate Admissions is here to help guide you through this exciting process. 

Determining Your Eligibility
  1. Review the university catalog’s Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program guidelines for the program you are interested in applying for.
  2. Review the deadlines and requirements for your program.
  3. Once you have read over the requirements and confirmed that you are within the deadlines, submit our Accelerated Master’s Inquiry form.
  4. Upon submission of your form, your eligibility will be reviewed by the Office of Graduate Admissions in accordance with the guidelines in the university catalog.
  5. Within three or less business days, the Office of Graduate Admissions will then notify you, via e-mail, if you are eligible to apply to the Accelerated Master’s program. This e-mail will include the link to the online application. If you are not eligible, you will be notified.
How to Apply
  1. If you are granted eligibility in the process above, you will now have the online application link.
  2. Please visit Application Deadlines and Requirements page to determine the application deadline and requirements for your desired program.  
  3. Complete as much of the online application as you can. Save as you are filling out the application. DO NOT SUBMIT until following the steps detailed in number 4 below.
  4. Schedule a meeting with your undergraduate academic advisor. Bring an unofficial copy of your transcript (printed from Patriot Web) and be prepared to pull up your online application. At this meeting you will:
    • Ensure they are willing to approve your participation and, if approved, confirm that they have returned your letter of recommendation to the program on the online application.

    • Receive guidance on which courses will best suit your desired program and interests

    • Receive confirmation on which Master's level courses will be applied to your Bachelor's degree

    • Complete and submit your online application

  5. Once submitted online the Office of Graduate Admissions will review your application for all required materials. When your application is complete, meaning all supplemental materials are received, your application will be sent to the appropriate graduate program faculty to approve your participation in the Accelerated Master’s program.
After Applying

Your patience is appreciated while our graduate faculty review your application.

Please allow at least fourteen business days before following up on the status of your application and remember you can check your status in your Self-Service Center. You will have access to this as soon as you start your application.

If your decision has not been released after the fourteen business day processing period, questions about your application may be directed to the Office of Graduate Admissions at masongrad@gmu.edu. Remember, decisions will only be released to your Self-Service Center.

Notification and Registration

When a decision has been made you will be notified via email to log in to your Self-Service Center to view the decision.

When registration begins, approved participants will be able to register for graduate courses via Mason's Patriot Web. Participants who were previously listed under Junior or Senior status in Patriot Web, will be listed as ‘Senior Plus' after they have earned 90 credits.

Please note that approval of specific courses on the application does not guarantee that a specific course section will be open or offered at the time of registration.

Academic Policies

Approval to the Accelerated Master's program only guarantees admission to a degree program at a later date IF the student maintains the required GPA outlined in the university catalog, and follows all of the policy requirements listed below.

Students admitted to the Accelerated Master’s program are required to complete a minimum of three graduate credits for advanced standing while in the program, otherwise they will not be able to transition and will be required to apply using the standard graduate application.

The courses taken must be the ones approved on your application or listed in the appropriate University Catalog section related to Bachelors/Accelerated Master's Programs.

You must show satisfactory performance in the approved graduate courses taken while in undergraduate status.

You must maintain the minimum GPA indicated by the University Catalog section related to your program.

How to Apply to Transition to Your Master’s Program

In order to transition from a Senior-Plus Accelerated Master’s student to a Master’s student, you must submit complete and submit the Bachelors/Accelerated Master's Transition Form at the time you file your Intent to Graduate from your Bachelor’s degree.

To complete and submit the form:

  1. Fill out your advanced standing and reserve graduate credit hours
  2. Get the signature of your undergraduate advisor
  3. Get the signature of your graduate advisor
  4. Get the signature of your Graduate program’s Assistant or Associate Dean
  5. Deliver the completed form, with all signatures, to the Office of Graduate Admissions in Johnson Center, Room 245 between 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  

Upon submission of your approved form, the Office of Graduate Admissions will review and confirm that all requirements have been met within five or less business days.

Optional:

Your tuition and domicile status are not automatically carried over to your Master's program. If you wish to apply for in-state tuition, please download and complete a new Application for In-State Tuition, and submit it along with your BS-MS Transition form. If this is not submitted, your graduate program will be assessed at the Out of State tuition rate.

Receiving Master’s Program Admission Decision

If, upon submission of your BS-MS Transition form, you are deemed to have met all necessary requirements, you will receive an offer of admission to your approved Master’s Program, as well as be given advanced standing. This means that your graduate credits have been earned and will later be applied to your Master’s program.

If you have not met all necessary requirements, you will receive notification that your BS-MS transition has not been approved.

After transition, regardless of advanced standing, you will be assessed graduate tuition and will be subject to all graduate academic policies as detailed in the University Catalog.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies at Mason! We are always here to help with your questions.

Email: masongrad@gmu.edu
Phone: 703-993-9700
Fax: 703-993-2392
Office Location: 245 Johnson Center (2nd Floor)
Mailing Address:
Office of Graduate Admissions
4400 University Drive, MSN 4C8
Fairfax, Virginia 22030