Accelerated MA in History

Catalog Year: 2020-2021

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History, BA/History, Accelerated MA


Highly-qualified Mason undergraduates may apply to the accelerated master's degree program and obtain both a BA and a MA in history after satisfactory completion of 144 credits. The BA and MA earned separately require 120 and 30 credits respectively. If accepted into the program, they must have completed 90 credits including HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core) with a minimum grade of B+ before they can enter the program. 

Interested students should contact the Director of Undergraduate Programs for details about the application process.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MA in 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 HIST 300 Introduction to Historical Method (Mason Core) with a minimum grade of B+ as a condition to entry into the program.

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (HIST 610 The Study and Writing of History and one additional 3 credit HIST course at the 500-level or 600-level), as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application, with a minimum grade of B in each course. These credits cannot replace HIST 499 RS: Senior Seminar in History (Mason Core). Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all coursework and earn a B or better (3.00 or higher) 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 credits of HIST courses at the 500-level or 600-level 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 AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.