Psychology, Accelerated Master’s Degree
Undergraduates accepted to an Accelerated Master’s Degree program can begin taking master’s level classes while still in the B.A. program. These graduate credits can be used for both the undergraduate and graduate level coursework and will help facilitate an easy and fast transition into the master’s or doctoral program if a student is accepted. In order to be accepted into the accelerated master’s program, please see your advisor to see if you qualify for one of these positions.
Eligibility Requirements for Accelerated Master’s Degree Program
- must have completed at least 90 hours toward the bachelor’s degree;
- must have at least a 3.30 overall undergraduate GPA;
- must have at least a 3.30 GPA in the major;
- must have completed an introductory statistics course
- must have completed an experimental psychology course
- must have completed at least nine hours of psychology at the 300-400 level.
- must meet the admission requirements of the chosen master’s degree program.
For admission to the AGD in psychology, students must meet the requirements established by the Graduate College (GCAMD). In addition, applicants must have completed an Introductory Statistics course and an experimental psychology course and at least nine hours of psychology at the 300-400 level. Students admitted to the AGD program are being admitted to the general psychology MA program. Admission to the M.A. program with an emphasis in clinical psychology or school psychology requires a separate application and additional requirements must be met as outlined in the graduate catalog.
AGD Credits: 12 credits that must be approved in the plan of study.
How to Apply
- During the junior or senior year, eligible students should meet with their Undergraduate Advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies of their chosen Master’s degree program to develop an AGD plan of study. This form is available from the Graduate College office or www.marshall.edu/graduate-council.files/2012/11/AMDPlanofStudy.pdf. Any changes to the AGD plan of study must be approved by the Undergraduate Advisor and Director of Graduate Studies in writing to the Dean of the Graduate College.
- The student’s acceptance into the AGD program is subject to the approval of the plan of study by the Dean of the Graduate College.
- Students accepted into the AGD program should apply for admission to the chosen master’s degree program for the first semester after the bachelor’s degree is awarded. Applications should be submitted during the last semester of the senior year.
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all graduate credit toward their master’s degree program.
Withdrawal from the AGD
A student may withdraw at any time from the AGD by informing the Undergraduate Advisor, the Director of Graduate Studies and the Dean of the Graduate College in writing. A student’s status will then revert to the standard undergraduate degree program. Any graduate hours earned must be approved for use in fulfillment of bachelor’s degree requirements by the student’s undergraduate dean.
From Undergraduate to Graduate Student
Beginning with the semester after the student has earned the bachelor’s degree and has been accepted into a master’s degree program, the student is enrolled in the Graduate College and is assessed tuition and fees at the graduate rate. All rules regarding graduate education will apply to the student once admitted into the master’s degree program.