In a Hurry to Start Your Career? Mason Offers Accelerated Degrees

Posted: October 23, 2013 at 5:00 am, Last Updated: April 25, 2014 at 6:23 am

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By Justin Lafreniere and Catherine Probst

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For talented and ambitious students, the accelerated programs at George Mason University offer a great deal: in just five years, students can earn two degrees through accelerated programs that offer both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.

With more than two dozen concentrations in a variety of disciplines, George Mason provides the opportunity for interested students to immediately pursue a postgraduate degree after completing their undergraduate work.

The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) recently joined the list of schools and colleges at Mason offering accelerated programs. Students who want to teach elementary, middle or high school, or special education can earn an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree, as well as a Virginia teaching license.

“The accelerated option is a particularly good choice for students who want to teach immediately upon graduation,” says Mark R. Ginsberg, dean of CEHD. “Because of the high demand in this area for Mason education graduates, this option becomes a quick on-ramp to a job and career.”

The accelerated education programs are offered in collaboration with the College of Science and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 are eligible to apply in the second semester of their junior year for programs that offer master of education degrees. (Students working toward degrees in psychology can receive a master of science in various educational psychology concentrations.)

Mason’s accelerated programs are an opportunity for students to get ahead. They reduce the cost and frustration of preparing multiple applications, writing essays, taking the GREs and all the other pressures associated with application season. Accelerated programs also allow forward-thinking students to plan ahead and maintain a degree of continuity between their degree programs.

Conditions for admittance to accelerated programs are determined by the specific department and may vary. Students should check with their advisors and programs and consult the University Catalog.

Among the previously established programs at Mason, the accelerated master of arts degrees include:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • English
  • Global Affairs
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Accelerated master of science degrees include:

  • Accounting
  • Applied Information Technology
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Information Security and Assurance
  • Information Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Operations Research
  • Physics
  • Software Engineering
  • Statistical Science
  • Systems Engineering
  • Telecommunications

Students can also receive an accelerated Master of Public Administration.

For students interested in CEHD’s accelerated bachelor’s/master’s degree five-year program, the college will be holding an information session on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Hub (formerly Student Union Building II). Although registration is not required, it is recommended. See the CEHD website to register.

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