Accelerated Master's

Achieve your goal – more quickly than you imagined

Why choose an accelerated master’s program?

You can begin graduate studies during your junior year. Doing so will allow you to get a head start on a master’s degree, potentially completing it just three semesters after earning your bachelor’s degree.

Admission requirements for the Accelerated Master's option

  1. Junior standing, a GPA in biology of 3.25 or better and an overall GPA of 3.25 or better.
  2. Completion of BIO 121, BIO 122, BIO 235, BIO 369, BIO 310 or BIO 320 or BIO 361; CHM 201 and CHM 202 or CHM 342; MTH 138 or MTH 135 and MTH 181 with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better.
  3. Undergraduate laboratory or field research experience in residence in the Department of Biology with a supportive recommendation from the student’s undergraduate research advisor. [Note:  undergraduate research experience at another university conducted in collaboration with Missouri State University Biology faculty may be considered.]
  4. GRE scores commensurate with the advanced standing of this option.
  5. Acceptance of applicant by a graduate faculty member who agrees to serve as the student’s graduate research advisor.
  6. Acceptance of the applicant by the graduate faculty in Biology under the accelerated masters option.   

Accelerated Master's Degree option

Eligible Missouri State University majors in biology may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Science program in Biology after admission requirements for the accelerated masters option have been satisfied.  {Note: biology majors at other universities approved for participation in this program may apply if they meet the requirements below.}  If accepted, graduate courses chosen from approved 600 or 700-level courses may be counted toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees, with a maximum of 12 credit hours counted.  This option offers an opportunity for biology majors with undergraduate laboratory research experience to complete the course requirements for the Master of Science degree in Biology in two semesters and a summer after attaining the Bachelor’s degree, rather than the typical four semesters and a summer.  Contact the Department of Biology for further information and guidelines.

Before enrolling in a course to be counted as both undergraduate and graduate credit and to count the courses toward the masters degree, an undergraduate student must be accepted into the accelerated program and complete a mixed credit form.  Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s).  See the “Graduate College” section for further information.