Accelerated MA in Communication

Catalog Year: 2020-2021

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Communication, BA/Communication, Accelerated MA


Highly qualified Mason students may apply to the accelerated master's degree program. If accepted, students will be able to earn a Bachelor's and a MA in communication after satisfactory completion of as few as 147 credits, sometimes within five years. For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.  

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the accelerated MA in communication, see Application Requirements and Deadlines.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete COMM 600 Introduction to Graduate Studies and one of the following theory courses: COMM 602 Theories and Research of Mass Communication, COMM 605 Intercultural Communication, COMM 620 Health Communication, COMM 632 Persuasion Theory, COMM 634 Theories of Interpersonal Communication, COMM 635 Organizational Communication, or COMM 639 Science Communication. Accelerated master's students must earn a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all coursework. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition From and are admitted to graduate status. 
As graduate students, accelerated master's students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master's degree requirements, except the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits at the 600 level, excluding COMM 650. These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master's degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form.

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department.  Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates.