Accelerated MA in History

Program Specific Requirements

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Application Process

Preparing to Apply

  • Applicants to the accelerated MA in history must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 with a minimum GPA of 3.50 in history courses
  • Applicants must have completed HIST 300 with a minimum grade of B+
  • Applicants must have completed at least 15 credits at Mason

Preparing to Apply

Students interested in applying to the BAM (Bachelors Accelerated Masters) History program should schedule an initial advising meeting with the Undergraduate History director to express their intent to apply for the Accelerated Master’s program and to discuss the transition from bachelor's study into graduate program coursework. Topics to cover in this initial advising meeting include: 

  • Confirming a schedule for completion of the undergraduate degree
  • Planning appropriate graduate course work
  • Introducing the applicant to the policies for accelerated master's programs

Instructions for Applying

Mason undergraduate students who have completed 60 total credits toward the bachelor’s degree are invited to apply for the Accelerated Master’s program in History. Please see the full admissions eligibility details above. All applicants for the BAM program in History must meet the above standards for the application to be reviewed for admission. Please be advised that admissions applications for the Accelerated Masters will not be reviewed for students who have not completed at minimum 60 credits of their bachelor’s coursework. 

1. The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) requires all Accelerated Master’s program applicants to meet with a BAM coordinator and complete an official BAM Advising form  prior to submitting an admissions application. For the department of History, the BAM Coordinator is the Undergraduate Director, Dr. Jane Hooper.

To initiate the BAM (Bachelors Accelerated Masters) History program admissions process, please contact the History Undergraduate Director, Dr. Jane Hooper, to schedule your advising appointment. Once completed, the BAM Advising form is signed by the student and by the UG director. Once both signatures are completed, the form is uploaded to the admissions application. 

2. Submit your official admissions application by clicking the large green button titled "Start Your Application" located below. The additional required materials for the application are outlined in the chart above titled "Program Specific Requirements."

3. At the start of the final semester of the undergraduate program, BAM History students must meet with the UG director to complete the BAM Transition Form. The form should be signed by the UG director during this meeting. Next, the student will send the form to the History MA director, Dr. Stephen Robertson, for signature and then to the CHSS Graduate Academic Affairs Office for the dean's approval and final signature. (Click on “History MA director” and “CHSS Academic Affairs” hyperlinks for the corresponding email address contacts).

Students in the accelerated programs must submit a transition form to their undergraduate academic unit by the last day to add classes of their final undergraduate semester.

*Please be advised that it is the student's responsibility to retrieve all required signatures prior to submitting official academic forms. 

After obtaining all required signatures, prospective BAM students should send the completed BAM transition form to Stephanie Hinnenkamp, Assistant Director of Graduate Enrollment. 

Post Application

The application is processed by the Office of Graduate Admissions. If approved, students will receive a notification from the Office of Graduate Admissions. Upon undergraduate degree conferral and successful transition from the accelerated master’s program, students will receive an official decision letter from the Office of Graduate Admissions for the term they officially begin the master’s program.

The official date for the start of your master’s degree is the semester immediately following your undergraduate graduation. Upon transition to graduate student status, Accelerated Master’s students will be subject to all graduate academic policies.

Accelerated master’s students must graduate from their undergraduate program in the semester specified on their application to the accelerated degree program. Changes to the timeline for conferral of the undergraduate degree should be approved by the Master’s program director. Students must meet the University’s accelerated master’s program policies.

Failure to meet the terms of admission will result in termination from the accelerated master’s program.

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