Accelerated Admission

The Graduate School offers a program entitled "Accelerated Admission: Baccalaureate to Master's", which is intended for undergraduate students who wish to enroll in graduate courses during their senior year that can fulfill both undergraduate and graduate course requirements toward the completion of a graduate degree program.. With this program, a graduate program director can nominate a rising senior (i.e., a student in the second semester of the junior year) or current senior to take graduate coursework during that student's senior year.

Eligible students are those who:

  • Have a 3.4 cumulative GPA
  • Are ready as seniors to take graduate coursework (must have completed 90 hours by the end of the nomination semester). Applications from  students not yet at 90 hours will be held till the end of the term.
  • Are nominated by the graduate program director in the desired graduate degree program.
    • (Students interested in graduate programs other than those in their undergraduate major should first consult with the director of the respective graduate program to request a nomination. Graduate certificate programs are not eligible).
  • Students should apply in the term in which they have completed or surpassed 90 hours. In the application, students should then apply for the term in which they intend to officially begin graduate school. (Note that the admission term may be 6-18 months from the time of application. Participation in the  Accelerated Admission program precedes final admission)

Once a student is nominated for the Accelerated Admissions program, which requires finishing the junior year (completing at least 90 hours) and maintaining an overall 3.4 GPA, she or he should follow the following graduate application process:

Application Process

All students interested in the Accelerated Admissions program should share their interest in the program with their respective undergraduate major advisor and  graduate program director to determine eligibilty for the program. If the student is eligible and supported by the respective programs, the nomimated student should complete and submit a graduate application for the graduate program desired.

  • Step One: Meet with your undergraduate advsior and the director of the desired graduate program about your eligibility for the Accelerated Admission program. Eligible students should be advised to apply for the respective graduate program through AdmissionPros.
  • Step Two: Create an account in AdmissionPros
  • Step Three: Begin an application for graduate school. For applicant type, select "I am currently enrolled as an undergraduate student."
    • Students should plan to submit an application for the term they intend to be fully admitted into the graduate program (following graduation from the undergraduate program). Note that this admission term may be 6-18 months from the time of application.
  • Step Four: In response to the question about Accelerated Admission, indicate "Yes" and select the desired master's program from the list of options.
  • Step Five: Complete the application for the desired graduate program for the term the student intends to fully begin graduate school as noted above.

    The application process will require:

    • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities from which you've earned a degree (other than Appalachian) and from any schools where you've completed non-degree graduate coursework during the past five years.
    • Contact (email) information for three references.
    • Application Fee
    • Nomination Signature Form (must be uploaded to the application for admission prior to submission)
    • Students will not be required to submit GRE scores; however, GRE scores are highly recommended if a student anticipates attaining an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.6 and wants to be considered for graduate fellowships, which do require test scores. GRE scores can be submitted at any time during the senior year prior to March 10th. Please note that some programs may still require test scores for admission. Contact the respective graduate program director to find out what that graduate program requires.
    • Please note that graduate coursework taken as an undergraduate student at ASU during the Accelerated Admissions program can only be applied to graduate programs here at ASU and may not be transferrable to another university. Other graduate schools do not generally accept any transfer courses that were already counted toward another degree. Only courses with a grade of B or better will be applied to the graduate program of study.

Information for Students

Planning the Program of Study (Second semester of junior year):

  1. If interested in the Accelerated Admission program, students should meet with their undergraduate major advisor and graduate program director to determine which graduate course(s) they will take during their senior year. Students must take at least one (1) graduate course during the senior year, which must also be must be used to fulfill an undergraduate degree requirement to fully matriculate into the Accelerated Admissions program.
  2. Once the 3.4 GPA is confirmed, the student will be permitted to take up to 12 hours of graduate coursework while completing their senior year. Starting Fall 2015, all 12 hours may be used to meet undergraduate minor, major or degree requirements, and be applied to the graduate degree Program of Study. Students should talk with their undergraduate advisor and graduate program director to make sure they select courses that will count both ways. (Note that seniors may not take graduate hours in Thesis, Independent/Individual Study, or Internship)
  3. Students in the Accelerated Admissions program are no longer required to submit Sr. Permission Forms. They may register for graduate coursework on their own. Students should continue to meet with their undergraduate advisor and graduate program director to discuss courses to be taken. There is no guarantee that courses will be counted without prior approval from both of these individuals.

Transitioning to the Graduate Degree Program (Semester immediately following graduation from undergraduate program):

Students accepted into the Accelerated Admissions program will be tentatively admitted into the graduate program to which they have applied. Once the student's undergraduate degree is posted with a maintained 3.4 GPA, the student's records will be updated to reflect official graduate level enrollment. Students in the program are expected to matriculate into the graduate program immediately following graduation from their undergraduate program. At that time, the student will be officially considered to be a graduate student at ASU and may be eligible for fellowships, assistantships, scholarships, and financial aid available for graduate students. Students who do not maintain a cumulative 3.4 GPA will no longer be considered part of the Accelerated Admissions program and will therefore be required to apply to graduate school following the normal application process. Note: Only courses with a grade of B or better will be applied to the graduate program of study.

Note: Even though GRE scores are waived for Accelerated Admission students, these scores are highly recommended if a student anticipates attaining an undergraduate GPA greater than 3.6 and wants to be considered for graduate fellowships, which do require test scores. GRE scores can be submitted at any time during the senior year prior to March 10th. Please note that some programs may still require test scores for admission. Contact the respective graduate program director to find out what that graduate program requires.

Participating Degree Programs

  • Appalachian Studies
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering Physics
  • English
  • Exercise Science
  • Geography and Planning
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Middle Grades Education
  • Music Performance
  • Romance Languages (French/Spanish)
  • Political Science
  • Psychology: Experimental
  • Public Administration
  • Reading Education
  • Special Education
  • Sustainable Technology and the Built Environment

Contact the respective Graduate Degree Program Director if the desired program is not on the above list.

Revised 1/23/17