Accelerated Bachelor’s Master’s Degree
Begin graduate studies your senior year
Plan ahead and simultaneously begin graduate studies during your senior year.
The Accelerated Bachelor's Master’s Degree Option provides qualified KSU undergraduate students the opportunity to begin graduate studies at KSU in their senior year and to simultaneously satisfy some remaining requirements for the bachelor's degree and the beginning requirements of an advanced degree.
A student may use up to nine credit hours of graduate-level courses offered within a single degree program in meeting the requirements of both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree.
Students applying for this program must:
- Have completed at least 18 hours of coursework at Kennesaw State.
- Have a KSU GPA of 3.5 or better.
- Be within 21 semester hours of graduation.
- Have written permission of the chair of the department of the undergraduate major to use the graduate level courses as acceptable substitutes to fulfill related requirements of the bachelor’s degree (students must satisfy all prerequisites for those graduate courses).
- Meet all requirements for admission into the specified graduate program (except for receipt of the undergraduate degree); and
- Submit an application for admission to the Accelerated Bachelor's-Master’s Degree Program, along with all necessary admissions documentation to the Dean of the Graduate College by the deadline dates listed below.
No more than nine semester hours of graduate credit may be completed prior to the completion of the baccalaureate degree and admission to a graduate degree program. An undergraduate student enrolled in graduate classes is limited to six semester hours of graduate course work per term and a total academic course load of 12 semester hours per semester.
For students who work closely with their advisors in planning their course of study at KSU, this option offers the opportunity of simultaneously satisfying partial degree requirements for a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in an accelerated program of study. Upon completion of the undergraduate degree, with a satisfactory undergraduate grade point average, and a grade of “B” or better in all graduate courses completed, the student may move to full graduate status in the same graduate program, and the courses taken as an undergraduate can be applied toward the graduate degree.
Potential Program Combinations
Many combinations of undergraduate and graduate programs are possible and are not restricted to the confines of a single discipline or major. For example, integrated undergraduate/graduate programs have been developed for a Bachelor of Science in Psychology leading to a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in English leading to a Master of Arts in Professional Writing. Students interested in this option must meet with the department chair responsible for the undergraduate major.
This program is not available to students wishing to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing degree, It is also not available for those wishing to pursue a Master of Education degree unless the student has the required certification for admission to the program.
How do I plan ahead?
Meet with an advisor from the program of your choice. Ask about prerequisites, course scheduling, admissions test preparation, program expectations, and whatever else you want to know.
For list of graduate programs and contact information, go to Graduate Programs.
- Print the application or contact the Dean of the Graduate College at 770-423-6738 for an application
- Prior to submission of application materials, the interested student must:
- A. Meet with the Department Chair of the undergraduate degree program and Program Director/Coordinator of the Graduate Program to determine appropriate course substitutions and complete a course substitution form (attached to the application form)
- B. Complete required entrance exams (GRE, GMAT)
- All application materials are to be submitted to the Dean of the Graduate College.
- All application materials should be submitted no later than the following dates:
- July 15 for Fall Term Admission
- November 15 for Spring Term Admission
- April 15 for Summer Term Admission
- Upon receiving application materials, the Dean of the Graduate College will forward copies of all materials to the appropriate Graduate Program Director/Coordinator or Admissions Committee, as well as to the Director of Graduate Admissions.
- Within two weeks of receipt of application materials, the Graduate Program Director/ Coordinator or Admissions Committee will notify the Dean of the Graduate College in writing of the admissions decision.
- The Dean of the Graduate College will inform the Director of Graduate Admissions and the student of the admissions decision.
- Upon acceptance, the student should schedule a meeting with the Dean of the Graduate College to discuss course registration.
- The Dean of the Graduate College will work with the student and the Office of the Registrar to ensure that students are properly registered for courses. Program Directors/Department Chairs may not register undergraduate students for graduate classes.