Northern Arizona University accelerated bachelor and master’s degree program provides the opportunity for academically qualified students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. Typically, a bachelor’s degree requires four years to complete and a master’s degree requires an additional two years. However, the accelerated degree programs allow students the opportunity to complete a graduate program in an accelerated manner. For a complete list of accelerated degree programs offered at Northern Arizona University, visit our website Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Programs.
Depending on the academic program, students can be conditionally admitted to an accelerated master’s degree program in one of two ways:
- Freshman/transfer admission
- Current NAU student
Admission Requirements to Accelerated Bachelor and Master’s Degree Programs for Current NAU Students
Undergraduate students may apply for admission to an accelerated program available at Northern Arizona University after completing 60 semester hours of undergraduate coursework of which a minimum of 24-30 semester hours must be completed at Northern Arizona University* with a minimum NAU cumulative grade point average of 3.25/4.00. Acceptance into the graduate program is conditional based on performance at the undergraduate level and completion of the eligible undergraduate degree.
Students must complete at least 12 earned undergraduate credits in their major with a grade point average of 3.50/4.00 at Northern Arizona University prior to seeking admission into an accelerated program. Receiving an Incomplete or completing a class graded as Pass/Fail or Audit will not count towards this 12 undergraduate unit requirement.
In addition, applicants to accelerated programs must meet the grade point average and all other requirements as specified by their accelerated program. In addition, specific accelerated programs may have requirements that exceed these minimum standards.
Applicants must submit the online graduate application form and pay the required graduate application fee. Applicants must also submit all other materials required by the department. The application is reviewed by the appropriate person or committee in the department. If admission is recommended, the Graduate College is informed by the department and a conditional offer of acceptance is issued by the Graduate College. Full admission will be granted upon receiving the eligible undergraduate degree and meeting any other requirements as specified by the program at the time of admission.
The undergraduate degree should be completed at the end of the fourth year and no later than one semester before the student is eligible to have the master’s degree awarded.
All programs that allow admission into a master’s degree program as a freshman/transfer applicant may also consider applications from current NAU students to their accelerated master’s program.
* These credit hours may be considered NAU credit if the curriculum was developed by NAU faculty and taught by NAU faculty at a different institution. Please contact the department to verify if your credits qualify for this stipulation.
Admission Requirements to Accelerated Bachelor and Master’s Degree Programs for Freshman/Transfer Applicants
Programs will work with Undergraduate Admissions to specify additional program requirements, process, and any supplementary admission materials (if any) for freshman/transfer applicants.
- Prospective freshmen/transfer students who meet the requirements set by Undergraduate Admissions may be eligible for conditional admission to an accelerated degree program. Acceptance into the graduate program is conditional based on performance at the undergraduate level and completion of the eligible undergraduate degree. Students who are admitted into the accelerated program will sign an agreement, a copy of which must be forwarded to the Graduate College.
- To maintain eligibility for the accelerated bachelor and master’s degree, the student must maintain an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of a 3.25/4.00 and a major grade point average of 3.5/4.00.
- The Graduate College will seek confirmation from the student admitted as a freshman to an accelerated program regarding their intent to continue in the accelerated bachelor and master’s degree program after they accumulate at least 90 credits but no more than 120 credits.
- The conditional status will be discontinued upon receiving the eligible undergraduate degree and meeting any other requirements as specified by the program at the time of admission.
- For a list of programs that allow admission into an accelerated degree as a freshman/transfer, visit our website at Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Programs.
Academic Requirements for All Accelerated Programs
- The requirements for the bachelor’s and master’s degree of the accelerated program will remain the same as for the existing bachelor and master’s programs. A graduate program has the discretion to use no more than 6 hours of NAU coursework credit (400 level or higher) applied towards the undergraduate degree to satisfy requirements included on the master’s program of studies. Students must receive a grade of B or higher in this coursework used towards the undergraduate degree that will also be counted for graduate credit.
- The work required for the master’s degree program must be completed within six years from the time of first enrollment in courses which are included in the graduate program of studies.
Tuition and Financial Aid/Scholarships
- For tuition purposes, students will be considered undergraduates until they complete their undergraduate requirements, which should be no later than the end of the fourth year.
- Once admitted to an accelerated program in their junior or senior year, they will continue to be charged at the undergraduate rate and retain eligibility for undergraduate scholarships.
- After completing all bachelors’ requirements, students must complete the graduation paperwork and have their degree posted. Once the degree is posted they will be granted full graduate status and become eligible for Graduate Assistantships and other graduate financial awards.
- Students may be ineligible to participate in the accelerated program if the grade point average in either the undergraduate or graduate coursework drops below a 3.0 or if they fail to demonstrate adequate progress as defined by the academic program.
- A student may withdraw at any point from an approved accelerated program by informing in writing the respective unit administrators of undergraduate and graduate programs with a copy to the Dean of the Graduate College.
- All other policies/regulations related to undergraduate or graduate degree programs apply to the accelerated degree programs except as specifically differentiated in this document.