Highly qualified Mason anthropology majors may apply to the accelerated master’s degree program. If accepted, students will be able to earn both a BA and an MA in anthropology after satisfactory completion of 144 credits, sometimes within 5 years. Students with both a BA and MA have a competitive advantage when applying to PhD programs in anthropology.
While undergraduate students, accelerated master’s students complete two graduate courses (chosen from ANTH 535, ANTH 536, and ANTH 650) as indicated on their Accelerated Master’s Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. On completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.
As graduate students, accelerated master’s students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master’s degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master’s program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.
Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit (chosen from ANTH 635, ANTH 650, or ANTH 699). These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition Form.
The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See the Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates section of the catalog.
Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.