Accelerated Master's Programs

Upcoming Event:

Current George Mason undergraduate students are invited to attend a virtual information session to hear more about the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's (BAM) programs offered at the Schar School. This online session will be led by the Graduate Admissions team and will provide an overview of the BAM program, as well as application process, student experience, and graduate outcomes.

Wednesday, February 15, from 5 to 6 p.m. ET (Virtual) Register.

Thursday, April 6, from noon to 1 p.m. ET (Virtual) Register.


Accelerated master’s degree programs provide high-achieving Mason undergraduates with the opportunity to earn a Schar School master’s degree in a substantially reduced period of time. In some cases, students can earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a total of five years. The benefits of the accelerated program include:

  • A streamlined master’s application process.
  • No application fee.
  • The ability to take up to 18 graduate credits (6 courses) while completing a bachelor’s degree. Up to12 of the graduate credits apply toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Remaining credits are held as reserve graduate credit to count toward the master’s degree.
  • Undergraduate tuition rates for graduate courses taken while completing bachelor’s degree.
  • A head-start on the master’s degree program with up to 18 credits earned in advance of master’s degree matriculation.


The Schar School offers top-ranked master's degrees taught by world-renowned faculty. The following master's programs offer an accelerated option for George Mason University undergraduate students, allowing you to earn your master's degree in a shorter period of time, and at a lower total cost: 

Online degree options are available for all programs except for political science. 


The accelerated master's track is available to George Mason University undergraduate students who meet the following criteria:

  • Who have earned at least 60 credits toward their bachelor’s degree, and are able to take at least one BAM course in each of the final two semesters of their bachelor’s program. 
    • To be considered for the program, applications must be submitted prior to the final year of bachelor’s study.  For example, if you will be graduating in Spring 2021, you must apply no later than Spring 2020. 
      • Please note that summer applications are not accepted.  
  • Who have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher for Public Administration, Public Policy, Biodefense, Political Science, and Global Commerce and Policy. A 3.6 cumulative GPA or higher is required for International Security.
  • Who have completed the following course prerequisites:
    • At least 12 credits of undergraduate Government, Economics, and/or Global Affairs courses for the Global Commerce and Policy program
    • At least 12 credits of undergraduate Government and/or Economics courses for the Master of Public Policy Program
    • At least 12 credits of undergraduate Government courses for the MPA or Political Science programs

Questions? Contact your undergraduate advisor or the Schar School Graduate Admissions at or (703) 993-8099.