Accelerated Master's

Importance of achievement

The biomedical sciences department at Missouri State offers highly motivated, exceptional students in a science-based undergraduate program the opportunity to begin earning credit toward a Master of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology.


The accelerated master’s program requires a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses. You can apply to the accelerated master’s of cell and molecular biology program during your junior year. The accelerated program of study takes a mixture of 600-700 level courses and counts those toward both your undergraduate and graduate degree.

A master’s degree in cell and molecular biology can be completed in two semesters and a summer instead of four semesters and a summer, which is required by the traditional degree program.

Accelerated Master's Degree option

Majors in cell and molecular biology may be accepted into the Master of Science in Cell and Molecular Biology program after admission requirements for the accelerated master’s option are met.  Once accepted for early admission, up to 12 credit hours of approved 600 and 700-level coursework may be counted toward both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science degree programs.  Other required 600-level courses in the master’s program that are taken by the undergraduate student, but not included in the accelerated option, may be waived on the master’s degree program by the student’s graduate advisor if the required courses were taken less than four years previously and the student earned at least a grade of B or better in those courses.  Additional graduate coursework to replace waived courses may be needed to meet the 32 hours degree requirement.  Accelerated option students must enroll in BMS 730 each semester. 

The accelerated option allows cell and molecular biology majors who are interested in biomedical research to complete the requirements for the Master of Science degree in two semesters and a summer rather than the typical four semesters and a summer.  Contact the program director in the Department of Biomedical Sciences for information and guidelines.

Before enrolling in each course to be counted as both undergraduate and graduate credit, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and complete 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 Requirements for the Accelerated Master’s Option

  1. Junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.40 or better
  2. Completion of BMS 110, BMS 231, BMS 321; CHM 160, CHM 170, CHM 175, CHM 310 with a GPA of 3.40 or better 
  3. Undergraduate laboratory research experience is strongly recommended before applying
  4. Applicants must submit:

a.  an official transcript including all undergraduate work

b.  three letters of recommendation, one written by the future graduate advisor formally accepting the student into their research laboratory.

c.  GRE scores

d.  a statement of research interest

 5.  Acceptance of the applicant by the graduate faculty in cell and molecular biology under the accelerated master’s option

Application process

If you meet the requirements listed above you are considered eligible for the accelerated master’s program. You must begin the application process by submitting an application to the Graduate College.

In addition to the Graduate College application, the cell and molecular biology program requires the submission of the following application materials.

  • GRE scores must be submitted to the Graduate College and a combined score of 1,000 or above is expected for the verbal and quantitative parts of the general GRE exam.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required and should be submitted to the department. Each letter should address the applicant's academic potential and dedication to graduate studies. One of the letters must be from the future graduate advisor who formally accepts you into his or her research laboratory.
  • Acceptance of the applicant by a graduate faculty in the cell and molecular biology program.

Schedules will vary based on the courses needed  to meet both the bachelor’s and master’s requirements. For more information on the program required course visit the master’s of cell and molecular biology program requirements page.

Course scheduling accommodations

Before enrolling in a course to be counted for both undergraduate and graduate credit,  you must first be admitted into the accelerated program and receive approval from the  graduate program director, department head and dean of the Graduate College by completing a mixed credit form. Mixed credit registration must be completed in person at the Registration Center, Carrington 320, prior to the end of the change of schedule period for that course.