Accelerated Master’s Degrees
The Cronkite School’s accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs (sometimes referred to as +1 programs) allow high-performing undergraduate students to earn a master’s degree in just two semesters. Students begin taking graduate courses while they are still undergrads, and they can count up to 12 credits toward both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students can complete both degrees in four years (for students completing the bachelor’s degree in three years) or five years (for students completing the bachelor’s degree in four years).
Streamline your educational journey, save time and expense, and supercharge your career growth with the Cronkite accelerated master’s program.
Available accelerated pathways
Students must have at least a 3.25 GPA in the BA-Sports Journalism program or the BA-Journalism and Mass Communication program.
Benefits of an accelerated 4+1 degree
By beginning graduate coursework while they are still completing an undergraduate degree, students can complete a master’s degree in two semesters rather than the typical three. This saves the cost of one semester and the stress of applying for graduate programs after leaving the Cronkite School.
Accelerated master’s students come to the program with a range of goals, including:
- Building or deepening skills in a particular area
- Expanding professional portfolios to accelerate their career trajectory
- Launching a product, business or project with the support and mentorship of Cronkite faculty
- Taking courses they just couldn’t fit into their undergraduate experience
- Setting themselves apart from other candidates in the job market
- Preparing for a teaching role
Accelerate your career trajectory
Deepen your skills, grow your portfolio, develop leadership experience and launch special projects to set yourself apart in the job market. Take advantage of the Cronkite School’s master’s mentorship program to supercharge your professional network and career trajectory.
Save time, money and stress
An expedited admissions process and reduced time as a graduate student mean savings in time, money and stress, so you can focus on work that matters and advancing your career.
Faculty you know and trust
The accelerated master’s program gives students more time for mentorship and immersive learning with faculty they know and trust.
Students should begin to discuss the accelerated program with their adviser in their first year at the Cronkite School to ensure they are on track to complete required courses on time. Students apply to the Graduate College at the beginning of their last undergraduate year, when they begin taking courses that are to be shared between the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
Non first-year students
Students can still be on track to complete the accelerated program. It is highly encouraged to meet with their advisor as soon as possible to ensure they are on track to complete required courses on time. Students will still apply to the Graduate College.
Let your adviser know you are interested in the program or reach out to Advising Coordinator Brad Longwell (email@example.com). The advising team can talk through specific requirements of each degree program, the expedited graduate admissions process and other considerations. You will complete a Declaration of Intent to enter the accelerated master’s program, and you will begin meeting with your adviser each semester to make sure you are on track to complete the requirements on time.