Accelerated Program

Why choose an accelerated option?

It shortens the time to earn your degrees. Earn graduate credit that you can apply to your bachelor's degree.

Save time and money. Finish with two degrees.

How it works

If you meet the admission requirements listed below, you can start earning graduate credit in your junior or senior year.

Work with your advisor or our department to complete a mixed credit form.

Up to 12 hours of graduate credit will count toward your bachelor’s degree.

Accelerated Masters Program in Early Childhood and Family Development

The Accelerated Masters Program option in Early Childhood and Family Development provides an opportunity for outstanding undergraduate child and family development majors, early childhood education majors, elementary education majors, and psychology majors to begin their graduate course work during their junior or senior year.

If accepted into the accelerated program, up to a maximum of 12 hours of graduate courses taken after admission into the program may be given credit for both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Before enrolling in a course to be counted as both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count the course toward the masters degree, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program, and receive prior approval from the graduate program advisor, and complete a "Mixed Credit" form. This form can be obtained from the student's department or the Graduate College. Mixed credit registration must be done in person.

Admission requirements for CFD, ECE, ELE, and PSY majors include:

  1. Junior or Senior standing
  2. Overall GPA of 3.25 or higher
  3. To be considered for admission to the program, a student must apply to both the Graduate College and the Early Childhood and Family Development Graduate Program