Accelerated Master’s Degree Option

Why choose an accelerated option?

It shortens the time to earn your master’s degree. Earn graduate credit as you complete your bachelor’s degree.

How it works

Apply for the accelerated option in your junior year.

If you meet the admission requirements for the accelerated option (detailed below), up to 12 credit hours will count toward your bachelor's and master's degree.

You’ll graduate with both degrees a year sooner, while saving time and money.

Scheduling requirements

Before you enroll in a course for both undergraduate and graduate credit, you must receive approval from:

  • The cell and molecular biology graduate program director
  • The department head of your undergraduate program (major)
  • The dean of the Graduate College

You can do this by using a mixed credit form (.pdf).

You must gain admission into the cell and molecular biology graduate program and receive all approvals before the end of the Change of Schedule period for the course(s).

Contact the cell and molecular biology graduate program director for further guidelines and information.

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:
    1. an official transcript including all undergraduate work
    2. three letters of recommendation, one written by the future graduate advisor formally accepting the student into their research laboratory.
    3. GRE scores
    4. 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