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 students to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as little as five years. Undergraduate students replace electives with graduate coursework, receive their bachelor's degree, and then matriculate as graduate students to complete their master’s degrees. This allows students to leave the university with two degrees after five years.
- 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.
- Accelerated Master’s Programs are for current UMass Boston undergraduate students who meet the requirements of their chosen program.
- Applicants are typically juniors or third year full-time undergraduates with 72-96 completed credits, who are on track to complete 120 credits and all undergraduate requirements within the next academic year.
- Applicants should plan to start taking graduate coursework in their senior or final year. Prerequisites and application requirements vary by program.
- Honors College students eligible for entry in their junior year should submit their Graduate Admission applications in the semester in which they will reach 60-72 credits. Honors College students should plan on beginning graduate coursework in their junior year.
- Transfer students will need to complete 30 credits of UMass Boston coursework before applying to an Accelerated Master’s Program.
Application and Admission
- Step 1: Declaration of AMP. As an undergraduate, work with your advisor and GPD to submit a Declaration of Major 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 2a: Supplementary Materials. Specific admissions requirements vary by program, but all programs require a statement of purpose and letters of recommendation.
- Step 3: Confirm Acceptance. If you're accepted, there is no need to pay a deposit; just email email@example.com to accept your offer of admission.
Applications to begin graduate coursework in the fall are due May 1, and most applications for programs that have spring admission are due December 1.
AMP Offerings and Contacts
Students in this program must satisfy all requirements for both degrees. Students finish their bachelor's degree at the end of year four, and then finish their master's degree at the end of year five.
In order to complete the program in five years, students will be expected to complete most, if not all, of the academic requirements for their undergraduate degree by the end of the first semester of the senior or fourth year. Delays to this timeline may impact eligibility for Financial Aid. It is suggested that students begin taking graduate courses toward the master’s degree no earlier than the first semester of the senior year. AMP participants may receive up to a maximum of 18 Advanced Standing credits to reflect the graduate coursework successfully completed as an undergraduate, reducing the total number of courses required to complete the master’s degree. A minimum of 12 credits must be completed during the time that the student is registered as a graduate student.
In the semester during which the undergraduate requirements are completed, including the overall 120 credit minimum, AMP students may apply for graduation to earn the bachelor’s degree. When the bachelor’s degree is awarded, students will matriculate as a graduate student.
- 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 after they matriculate as a graduate student, upon completion of 120 credits and all undergraduate requirements and awarding of the bachelor’s degree.
- 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 to graduate student status when they have completed all UMass Boston undergraduate degree requirements and the bachelor’s degree has been awarded.
- Undergraduate students who wish to leave the program before matriculating as a graduate student are still 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.
- If a student intends to continue with the master’s degree and needs to take time off before beginning the final year of graduate work, they may defer graduate matriculation for up to one year. After this time, students lose their advanced standing in the program and are responsible for earning the full number of credits for the master’s degree, working with the Graduate Program Director to determine appropriate substitutions for the classes taken while an undergraduate student.
- AMP students are awarded two degrees.
- Students who entered an AMP before Spring 2022 will have both degrees awarded together after all requirements for the master’s degree are complete.
- Students entering an AMP in Spring 2022 or after will matriculate into the graduate program after the bachelor’s degree is awarded.