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Accelerated bachelor’s/master’s degree programs

You want to earn both degrees in five years rather than the typical six?

New College offers a number of accelerated master's programs, providing top undergraduate students in select New College majors the flexibility to begin taking classes (up to twelve credit hours) toward their master’s degree during their senior year. By combining undergraduate and graduate coursework in your senior year for shared credit, you’ll save up to an entire year of schooling and receive both degrees in as little as five years.

The accelerated (master's) program prepares students for success in an intensely competitive and global workforce, while enhancing their lifetime earning power. It is a cost-effective way to specialize in your field — paving the way for doctoral studies and a lifetime of intellectually stimulating work.

The Accelerated Degree Advantage

Cost Savings

Graduating faster makes more cents! 

If you complete your undergraduate degree in less than eight semesters, you may use any remaining scholarship award to pay for graduate courses as part of your accelerated program.

Accelerated students pay undergraduate tuition for graduate courses taken during their senior year. 

Cost and time savings vary based on each individual student’s plan of study.

Time Savings

You can accomplish a lot in five years!

Designed for the dedicated and driven New College student, the Accelerated Programs combine advanced undergraduate course work with graduate course work, enabling students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in five years.

Accelerated students take fewer total credits between their bachelor’s and master’s program and pay for fewer cumulative credits to complete both programs

Eligibility Requirements

If you’re interested in this possibility, the first step is to explore the graduate program that you might be interested in. Below, we outline eligibility for each degree program.

Interested in:

Manipulating big data, including the generation and analysis of data using statistical and computational toolsets. Students use their analytical skills in ecological, environmental, toxicological and other biological applications. The program incorporates multiple levels of experiential learning to ensure students gain critical thinking skills in addition to core competencies.

Biological Data Science, MS (online)
Biological Data Science, MS (ground)

Admission requirements:

GPA: 3.0 or higher
Undergraduate Credit Hours: 75 hours

Eligible undergraduate programs:

Students in the following Campus Undergraduate Programs are eligible for the Campus Biological Data Science, MS or the Online Biological Data Science, MS.

To participate in Campus program, student’s must be eligible for undergraduate degree completion in December (Fall).

Applied Computing, BS
*Applied Mathematics, BS
Biology, BA
Biology, BS
Pharmacology and Toxicology, BS
Statistics, BS
Environmental Science, BA
Environmental Science, BS
*Applied Mathematics undergraduates can currently only matriculate into the campus BDS program.  

Interested in:

The ability to convey ideas, change opinions and persuade behaviors are skills valued in any organization that has customers, employees, suppliers, or investors. This degree program gives you the tools to advance your career in nearly any field.

Communication Studies, MA

Admission requirements:

GPA: 3.33 or higher
Undergraduate Credit Hours: 75 hours
Courses: It is preferred that students have completed an undergraduate methods course prior to applying

Eligible undergraduate programs:

Students in the following Campus Undergraduate Programs are eligible for the Campus Communication, MA.

 

Interested in:

Leveraging your love of literature and depth of language with a degree that fine tunes your analytical and critical thinking skills. Complete your degree in one or two years, combining the individualized attention provided by small, in-person classes with the flexibility of online instruction.

English, MA

Admission requirements:

GPA: 3.0 or higher
Undergraduate Credit Hours: 75 hours

Eligible undergraduate programs:

Students in the following Campus Undergraduate Programs are eligible for the Campus English, MA.

 

Interested in:

Opportunities and challenges in the world are rarely one-dimensional and solutions often require skills from multiple disciplines. This program allows you to custom-build your master's degree from two or more fields of study, giving you the experience and perspective to think outside the box.

Interdisciplinary Studies, MA


Admission requirements:

GPA: 3.25 or higher
Undergraduate Credit Hours: 75 hours

Eligible undergraduate programs:

Students in the following Campus Undergraduate Programs are eligible for the Campus Interdisciplinary Studies, MA.

 

Interested in:

The program option offered both online and on-campus is designed to give students and working professionals an understanding of psychological theory and empirical research findings as they relate to human behavior, cognition, emotion and attitudes. The coursework is designed to help students learn about the various roles of psychologists in society today and discover which they might like to pursue through careers in education, social service, for-profit and nonprofit organizations, or management, or through additional graduate training.

Psychology, MS (campus)
Psychology, MS (online)

Admission requirements:

GPA: Campus: 3.5 or higher  -  Online: 3.0 or higher 
Undergraduate Credit Hours: 75 hours

Required: 

  • Be a Barrett Thesis Honor student; 
  • Be or have been enrolled/working within one of the PSY, MS faculty’s research labs as an undergrad; 
  • And attend the fall PSY, MS info session.

Eligible undergraduate programs:

Students in the Campus Psychology, BA or Psychology, BS programs within New College are eligible for the Campus or Online Psychology, MS.  

Students in the Online Psychology, BA or Psychology, BS programs within New College are eligible for the Online Psychology, MS

 

Interested in:

Around our communities and around the world people can be oppressed or exploited for any reason and sometimes no reason at all. You can gain hands-on experience with advocates and aid workers to better understand the problems to work toward solutions.

Social Justice & Human Rights, MA (online)
Social Justice & Human Rights, MA (campus)

Admission requirements:

GPA: 3.0 or higher
Undergraduate Credit Hours: 75 hours

Eligible undergraduate programs:

Students in the following Campus Undergraduate Programs are eligible for the Campus Social Justice & Human Rights, MA.

 

Interested in:

The master’s degree in social technologies is your ticket to understanding data science and social theory. You'll learn how data-driven approaches affect organizations and society as a whole. This knowledge will guide you as you seek to explain the practical, ethical and social dimensions of the issues of data in society.

Social Technologies, MA (online)

Admission requirements:

GPA: 3.0 or higher
Undergraduate Credit Hours: 75 hours

Eligible undergraduate programs:

Students in the following Campus Undergraduate Programs are eligible for the Online Social Technologies, MA.

 

I'm ready to accelerate, what's next?

If you are interested in participating in an accelerated program it is important to plan early.  Below, we provide general guidelines on next steps to maximize the benefits of participation in an accelerated program.

During your junior year: 

  • Fall Semester: Attend an accelerated degree information session.
  • Spring Semester: Contact undergraduate advising as early as possible to discuss options for shared coursework and plan senior year course enrollment.
    • To begin accelerated coursework in fall of senior year the deadline for a completed PPOS form is July 1 (prior to your senior year).

During your senior year:

  • Fall Semester: You may still have time to share coursework, reach out to an undergraduate advisor prior to October 1st.
    • To begin accelerated coursework in spring of senior year, the deadline for a completed PPOS form is December 1 (prior to your final semester).

Meet with an undergraduate advisor: Undergraduate students in eligible majors can email NCAccelerated@asu.edu to set-up a meeting to apply for accelerated program eligibility.  In this meeting the Preliminary Plan of Study (PPOS) will be initiated to determine how 3-12 credit hours are available for sharing between your undergraduate and graduate coursework.

Preliminary Plan of Study (PPOS)

Meet with a graduate advisor:

Following the meeting with an undergraduate advisor and initiation of the PPOS you will meet with a graduate advisor to discuss graduate coursework options and finalize your PPOS. To schedule this appointment with a graduate advisor contact:

NCGradOnline@asu.edu for students pursuing the online master’s

NCGradAdvising@asu.edu for students pursuing the campus master’s 

Following the completion of the PPOS:

If you are planning to share coursework for an ONLINE graduate program:
  • Await an email from the graduate advisor with your approved PPOS and notification that your course override permissions are ready for you to enroll in the graduate level classes identified as sharing with your undergraduate degree requirements.
  • Enroll for your graduate level classes.
If you are planning to share coursework for a CAMPUS graduate program:
  • Download the cover sheet for the approval to begin graduate courses. 
  • Psychology Students: download the following cover sheet for approval to begin graduate courses.
  • Complete packet and email all required documents including the completed cover page in a single pdf file to NCGradAdvising@asu.edu
  • Allow 10 business days for an approval decision.
  • Await an email from the graduate advisor with your approved PPOS and notification that your course override permissions are ready for you to enroll in the graduate level classes identified as sharing with your undergraduate degree requirements.
  • Enroll for your graduate level classes.
After you complete the Preliminary Plan of Study (PPOS) and you are approved to share credit you will be required to:
  • Register for courses as outlined on the approved PPOS
  • Maintain high academic standing in undergraduate program (3.0 or higher GPA) and meet all undergraduate degree requirements.

Contact the graduate advisor for information on next steps to complete the graduate program application.

Online students contact NCGradOnline@asu.edu
Campus students contact NCGradAdvising@asu.edu