Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program

The Graduate College at Bowling Green State University has several graduate programs that permit qualified undergraduate students who are earning their bachelor’s degree at BGSU to apply to an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program.[1]  Participating in an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program provides the opportunity for students to complete both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in an efficient and effective format.  Undergraduate students who apply to and have received early acceptance into a master’s degree program will be considered Pre-Master’s Students until they have completed their Bachelor’s degree.  While a Pre-Master’s Student, they may take up to 12 credit hours of graduate work.  (See complete policy below.)

To download the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program fact sheet, CLICK HERE.

While not all programs have an accelerated plan, the following master’s degrees can be completed in an accelerated format, following a bachelor’s degree at BGSU. Click on the name of the program for their Accelerated Program Plan (check sheet), including their admissions criteria.

Analytics (Master of Science)
   
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page
    Master of Science in Analytics Program Page

Applied Geospatial Science (Master of Science)
   
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page
    Master of Science in Applied Geospatial Science Program Page

Business Administration (Master of Business Administration)
   
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page
    Master of Business Administration Program Page

Computer Science (Master of Science) 
   
  Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page
     Master of Science in Computer Science Program Page

Criminal Justice (Master of Science) 
   
  Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page
     Master of Science in Criminal Justice

Financial Economics (Master of Arts)
   
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page
    Master of Arts in Financial Economics Program Page

Forensic Science (Master of Science)- 3 Specializations
   Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page – Forensic Investigations
   Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page – Biology Emphasis
   Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page – Chemistry Emphasis
   Master of Science in Forensic Science Program Page

German (Master of Arts)
   
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page
    Master of Arts in German Program Page

History (Master of Arts)
   
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page
    Master of Arts in History Program Page

Learning Design (Master of Education)
   
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page
    Master of Education in Learning Design Program Page

Media and Communication (Master of Arts)
    Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page
    Master of Arts in Media and Communication Program Page

Public Administration (Master of Public Administration )
   
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page
    Master of Public Administration

Technology Management (Master of Technology Management )
   
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Program Page
    Master of Technology Management Program Page

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in pursuing an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program should see program specific websites for additional guidelines and expectations for application.  However, for all programs, students may consider applying to a master’s degree program who have at least the following requirements:   
1. By the start of Pre-Master’s status, either:
    -75 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.2[1], or
    -90 credit hours earned and an overall BGSU GPA of at least 3.0;
2. A completed Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Application;
3. Official transcripts from all universities attended (BGSU paper transcripts are not needed. Records can be viewed online);
4. At least one letter of recommendation from a full-time BGSU faculty member, preferably from graduate faculty within the student’s major or targeted graduate program.
5. Completion of any other program specific requirements for Accelerated students. Please see individual program's accelerated page for any additional requirements.

To begin your application, CLICK HERE.

Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Graduate College Policies

Student Status  Once accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, the student remains coded as an undergraduate student with Pre-Master’s status and officially becomes coded as a graduate student once the student has earned the bachelor’s degree. The student’s coding as an undergraduate or graduate student is associated with other BGSU policies pertaining to degree status.

Credit hour policies  The following policies apply to students in all Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs.  Applicants should check individual program websites for any additional policies pertaining to that particular program.     

  1. After being accepted into an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program, students may take up to 12 credit hours of graduate credit while maintaining undergraduate status.
  2. Subject to program approval, students may apply a maximum of 12 credit hours to both the bachelor’s and master’s programs.  However, the ability to apply credit hours to both the undergraduate and graduate degree is influenced by each program’s minimum credit hour requirements. (see policy #3)
  3. At the end of both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees, a student must have a minimum of 150 discrete semester credit hours (120 + 30 = 150 state of Ohio regulated minimum credits).
  4. Pre-Master’s students may enroll in 5000 and 6000 level graduate classes (not 7000).
  5. All graduate policies pertaining to graduate credit hours, time to degree, and other regulations are also applicable to Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program students.   

Tuition: Students enrolled in Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s programs with Pre-Master’s status will pay tuition at the undergraduate rate through the completion of the bachelor’s degree. Thereafter, students will be coded as graduate students and pay the graduate rate for tuition and fees.  

Financial Aid: Students will be eligible for financial aid based on their BGSU student status as either an undergraduate or graduate student.  During a student’s Pre-Master’s status, they remain coded as undergraduate students and may be eligible for financial aid but not graduate assistantships. Once students become regularly admitted graduate students with full graduate student status, they may be eligible for graduate-level financial assistance, including graduate assistantships with stipends and/or graduate tuition scholarships.

Program Withdrawal: A student admitted to an Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s program with a Pre-Master’s status may withdraw from the program and continue as a traditional undergraduate student toward the completion of the bachelor’s degree.

Program Dismissal: Students who fail to maintain minimum requirements for adequate academic graduate standing will lose Pre-Master’s status, and as a result will be unable to continue taking graduate level courses. Under these conditions, if adequate standing is maintained for their undergraduate program, the student may continue in the bachelor’s degree program.

Graduate College Policies: Once admitted into a graduate program, all policies pertaining to graduate students found in the Graduate Catalog also pertain to accelerated graduate students.

For additional general information about applying to an Accelerated program, email: Stephanie Boman at sboman@bgsu.edu.  However, for information about each specific program, please contact the program listed above.

[1] For the purposes of this policy, BGSU GPA is calculated based on BGSU credits only. However, credits transferred into BGSU may be counted as part of credit hours earned (not GPA).

[2] These policies pertain to students who wish to officially work toward both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree at BGSU simultaneously.