Missouri Western offers an accelerated option for all its master’s programs, where seniors may apply to earn up to 12 graduate credit hours as an undergraduate and the hours will count toward both their graduate and undergraduate degrees.

Students may apply if they have earned 90 undergraduate credits, be degree-seeking, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and receive approval from the director of their graduate program and the Graduate School dean.

Dr. Susan Bashinski, Graduate School dean, noted that this is a great advantage for students. If an undergraduate senior was accepted into the accelerated program and earned 12 hours (six per semester), they would graduate with their bachelor’s degree and have 12 hours toward a Missouri Western master’s degree.