Highly qualified undergraduates in any major who have taken at least two 300-level art history courses with a minimum grade of B+ in each may apply to the accelerated master's degree in art history. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's degree in art history after satisfactory completion of 144 credits, sometimes within five years. See the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees section of the catalog for policies related to this program.
Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.
Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in the Admissions section of this catalog. For information specific to the accelerated MA in art history, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental web site.
Accelerated Option Requirements
Applicants accepted to the accelerated MA program must have completed 90 credits including two 300-level ARTH courses with a minimum grade of B+ in each.
While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (two ARTH 599 courses on different topics or one ARTH 599 and one ARTH 699 course) as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. They must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in all coursework and in coursework applied to their major. 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.
Reserve Graduate Credit
Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit. 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.
Contact Dr. Lawrence Butler, Art History Undergraduate Director, firstname.lastname@example.org, Robinson B340.