Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Programs (AMP)
Earn a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in as little as five years.
Accelerated Master's Programs (AMP) allow qualified UMass Boston undergraduate students to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree together in as little as five years. Students replace undergraduate electives with graduate coursework then matriculate as a graduate student to complete their master’s degree.
- Save money. Pay undergraduate tuition rates and apply undergraduate financial aid toward any graduate-level coursework taken while considered an undergraduate.* AMP applicants pay no application or deposit confirmation fees.
- Save time. Enter the workforce as much as one year sooner than a standard master’s degree program.
- Skip transcripts and test scores. Applicants don’t need to submit UMass Boston transcripts, and many programs don’t require GRE or GMAT scores.
AMP Offerings and Contacts
Accelerated Master’s Programs are for current UMass Boston undergraduate students who meet the requirements of the particular program they choose. Applicants are typically juniors or 3rd-year full-time undergraduates applying to start taking graduate coursework in their senior or final year. Honors College students should plan on beginning graduate coursework in their junior year. Prerequisites and application requirements vary by program (see contact info above).
Most AMP applicants should have 72-96 credits at the time of enrollment and be on track to complete 120 credits and all undergraduate requirements within the next academic year. Honors College students eligible for entry in their junior year should submit their graduate applications in the semester in which they will reach 60-72 credits. Transfer students will need to complete 30 credits of UMass Boston coursework before enrolling in an Accelerated Master’s Program.
Application and Admission
- Step 1: Change of Major. Work with your advisor to submit the Undergraduate Program Add/Change of form declaring your intent to apply to a specific Accelerated Master’s Program.
- Step 2: Application. Before your final year, submit the standard graduate application in the semester in which you will reach 72-96 credits.
- Step 3: Supplementary Materials. Specific admissions requirements vary by program, but all programs require a statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.
- Step 4: Confirm Acceptance. If you're accepted, there is no need to pay a deposit; just email firstname.lastname@example.org to accept your offer of admission.
Applications to begin graduate coursework in the fall are due May 1, and applications for programs that have spring admission are due December 1.
- Despite taking some graduate level coursework, AMP students pay undergraduate tuition and fees, as long as at least half of their coursework each semester is at the undergraduate level.
- AMP students will be charged graduate tuition only after they matriculate as a graduate student, upon completion of 120 credits and all undergraduate requirements.
- AMP students’ undergraduate financial aid eligibility will be determined based on their enrollment and remaining undergraduate degree requirements. To maintain eligibility for undergraduate financial aid, accelerated master’s students must be taking credits that will count toward their undergraduate degree and credit requirements.
- Once a student matriculates as a graduate student, they will be eligible for funding opportunities available to traditional master’s students. Though graduate students are not eligible for need-based grants, they may be eligible for federal student loans and other external scholarships. Limited research assistantships and funding opportunities may be granted by individual programs. Contact your program of interest or the Financial Aid office for more information.
- Most AMP students begin taking graduate coursework in their final year of undergraduate study. They typically begin the semester after they reach 72-96 credits and are on track to complete 120 credits and all undergraduate requirements within the next academic year. Honors College students typically begin in their junior or third year after they have earned 60-72 credits.
- Students move from undergraduate student status to graduate student status when they have earned 120 credits and completed all UMass Boston undergraduate degree requirements.
- The bachelor’s and master’s degrees are awarded upon the completion of requirements for both degrees.
- Undergraduate students who wish to leave the program before matriculating as a graduate student will be eligible to receive their bachelor’s degree once they have earned 120 credits and fulfilled all undergraduate degree requirements as outlined in their degree audit. Certain graduate-level courses taken as an undergraduate have been pre-approved to count towards the 120 credits needed to earn the bachelor’s degree.