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Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Pathways

UNF provides exceptional undergraduate students with the opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor's and master's degrees at an accelerated pace. Accelerated pathways allow students to get a head start on their graduate education by taking graduate courses during their junior and senior undergraduate years. Depending on the specific pathway, up to 12 credit hours of graduate work may count toward a baccalaureate degree, thus reducing the time it takes to get both degrees.

Eligibility

Basic eligibility requirements are below, however, programs may have additional requirements. Please check with your advisor.

  1. Junior status
  2. Completion of at least 15 undergraduate hours in the major
  3. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 in the major
  4. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 overall

Process

  1. Meet with the undergraduate and graduate program advisors to establish a curricular pathway to both degrees
  2. Consult with Financial Aid, and if an international student, with the International Center
  3. Meet with your academic advisor to submit the Undergraduate Accelerated Track Application
  4. Work towards completion of bachelor's degree
  5. In final undergraduate semester, apply for graduation and meet with your academic advisor to submit the Graduate Accelerated Track Application
Please note, the graduate application must be for admission to the graduate program within three consecutive terms immediately after graduating with a bachelor's degree from UNF. Students may take additional graduate coursework beyond the courses approved for the accelerated pathway. However, these courses will not count towards both degree requirements.

Accelerated Pathways

  • Bachelors Degree to Masters in Public Administration Fast-Track

    Students in the UNF undergraduate Political Science Major, as well as other UNF majors, may apply for admission to the undergraduate Public Administration Fast Track minor.

    The bachelor's degree and MPA programs normally require up to 162 hours to complete, 120 credit hours for the undergraduate degree and 42 credit hours for the graduate degree. However, qualified students may count a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 12 credit hours of graduate coursework, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    PREREQS (12 Credits)
    • POS 2041 American Government (3 Credits)
    • POS3733 Research Design for Poli Sci (3 Credits)
    • POS3734 Research Analysis for Poli Sci (3 Credits)
    • PAD4003 Public Administration (3 Credits)
    MINOR REQUIREMENTS (12 Credits)
    • PAD6060 Public Admin in Modern Society (3 Credits)
    • SELECT TWO MPA CORE CLASSES BELOW
      • PAD 6106 Administration Behavior in Public Organizations (3 Credits)
      • PAD 6436 Ethics, Leadership and Accountability in Public Service (3 Credits)
      • PAD 6417 Human Resources for Public and Nonprofit Management (3 Credits)
      • PAD6227 Government Budget and Finance (3 Credits)
    • SELECT ONE (3 Credits)
      • Elective or concentration class with approval of the MPA Director.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    No additional admission criteria.

    Special Notes

    The Public Administration Fast Track undergraduate minor does not guarantee admission to the MPA program. Subsequent application for admission to the Master of Public Administration program, admission requirements for the program must also be met. Fast Track MPA students will need 33 graduate credits to complete the MPA, with PAD6106 Admin. Behavior in Public Organizations waived from the core requirements.

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies to Master of Arts International Affairs

    The BA and MA degree programs normally require 156 hours to complete, 120 credit hours for the undergraduate degree and 36 credit hours for the graduate degree. However, qualified students may count a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 12 credit hours of graduate coursework, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    Students in this accelerated path may select any graduate courses from the program of study for the M.A. in International Affairs (both core courses and electives), according to interest and scheduling. These courses will generally be double-counted as major electives for the undergraduate degree, but in some cases may substitute for courses in the core, at the discretion of the director of International Studies.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    • Earn a GPA of 3.5 in the major.
    • Complete INS3003 Introduction to International Studies and at least four other courses within the major with grades of B or better.
    • Meet with the director of the M.A. in International Affairs, before applying.

    Special Notes

    Students typically will apply in the second semester of their junior year, and if accepted, take one graduate course each semester of their senior year. Timing may vary, however, depending on individual circumstances.

    A student who has met the foreign language requirement for the B.A. in International Studies has already met the foreign language requirement for the M.A. in International Affairs.

    Students in this accelerated path may also pursue Honors in the Major in International Studies.

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies to Master of Social Work

    When pursued separately, the B.A. in International Studies requires 120 hours and the MSW requires 60, for a total of 180 hours. Through this accelerated path, by double-counting four graduate courses, this total could be reduced to 168. In other words, a student completes the 60 required hours for the MSW, but can reduce the number of undergraduate courses required for the B.A. in International Studies by four.

    Approved Curriculum

    Students accepted in this accelerated program may take a maximum of 12 graduate credit hours while still having undergraduate status. Those graduate credit hours will be double-counted towards both the BA in International Studies and the MSW.

    The courses to be double-counted toward the two degrees must be approved jointly by the director of International Studies and the director of the MSW program.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    • Earn a GPA of 3.5 in the major.
    • Complete INS3003 Introduction to International Studies and at least four other courses within the major with grades of B or better.
    • Provide letters of recommendation from two UNF faculty members.
    • Meet with the director of the MSW program before applying.

    Special Notes

    Students typically will apply in the second semester of their junior year, and if accepted, take two graduate courses during each semester of their senior year. Timing may vary, however, depending on individual circumstances

    Students in this accelerated path may also pursue Honors in the Major in International Studies.

  • Bachelor of Arts in International Studies to Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

    Students accepted in this accelerated program may take a maximum of 9 graduate credit hours while still having undergraduate status. Those graduate credit hours will be double-counted towards both the BA in International Studies and the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

    Approved Curriculum

    Students in this accelerated path take TSL6345 ESOL Methods, TSL6142 ESOL Curriculum Development, and any one of the other six required courses for the certificate. These courses will be double-counted as electives for the undergraduate degree.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    • Earn a GPA of 3.5 in the major.
    • Complete INS3003 Introduction to International Studies and at least four other courses within the major with grades of B or better.
    • Provide letters of recommendation from two UNF faculty members.
    • Meet with the director of the Graduate Certificate in TESOL, before applying.

    Special Notes

    Students in this accelerated path may also pursue Honors in the Major in International Studies.

    Students must be aware, however, that financial aid generally does not apply to graduate certificate programs, or may not pay the full cost of the graduate tuition. For assistance in understanding the financial implications of pursuing this path, students should consult on an individual basis with One-Stop Student Services.

    Acceptance into this accelerated path does not guarantee a student's eventual admission into the graduate certificate program. Rather, the student must do both of the following:

    • Earn a grade of B or better in all graduate courses taken while an undergraduate.
    • Apply for admission into the Graduate Certificate in TESOL program, upon completion of the requirements of the B.A. in International Studies.
  • Bachelor of Arts in English to Master of Arts in English

    The BA and MA degree programs normally require 153 hours to complete, 120 credit hours for the undergraduate degree and 33 credit hours for the graduate degree. However, qualified students may count a maximum of 9 graduate credit hours towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 9 credit hours of graduate coursework, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    Review the approved curriculum.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    • Major in English.
    • Earn a 3.5 GPA in your English classes.
    • Complete 21 hours of English major requirements, including ENG 4013 Approaches to Literary Interpretation, before applying.
    • Meet with COAS English Undergraduate Advisor and English Graduate Coordinator at the beginning of your junior year.
    • Solicit two UNF Department of English faculty to write recommendation letters.

    Special Notes

    The GRE is not required for students who participate in the accelerated BA-MA English program.

  • Bachelor of Music to Master of Music in Music Education

    The BM and MME degree programs normally require 159 hours to complete, 120 credit hours for the undergraduate degree and 39 credit hours for the graduate degree. However, qualified students may count a maximum of 6 graduate credit hours towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 6 credit hours of graduate coursework, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    Approved students will enroll in MUE5316, MUE5336 or MUE5338. These courses will apply towards both the BME and the MME.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    Students who have achieved upper division status (passed all four semesters of theory, aural theory, and class piano, and passed sophomore barrier jury or equivalent) may speak to Music Education faculty to submit an application. Students must have a GPA of 3.25 or above, a record of professionalism in academics and personal conduct, passing scores on all portions of the FLDOE General Education exam, and a recommendation from other music faculty members.

    Special Notes

    Educators who have a Master's degree are:

    • More effective
    • Eligible for a higher salary in most school districts
    • Able to work as a department chair or administrator
    • Able to work as an instructor at the collegiate level
  • Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences to Master of Science in Biology, Biomedical Sciences Track

    The combined BS-MS degree program is 156 credits, 120 for the undergraduate degree and 36 credits for the master’s degree. However, up to 12 graduate hours may be counted towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 12 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    The BS free electives can be substituted by graduate level courses (up to a maximum of 12), which can be counted towards both the BS and the MS Degrees.

    A. Core courses: 14 credits

    MCB5505

    Advanced Virology

    3

    PCB6236

    Advanced Cancer Biology

    3

    PCB5235

    Cellular Immunology

    3

    PCB5845

    Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

    3

    BSC5930

    Biology Seminar (course will be repeated twice)

    1

     

    Additional Admission Criteria

    A UNF GPA 3.2 or above to enter

    Identify a research advisor and submit a Faculty Sponsor Form. The Faculty Sponsor Form is available in the Department of Biology.

    Special Notes

    Students must maintain a 3.2 UNF GPA to complete the program.

    The GRE is not required for students who participate in the BS/MS Biomedical Sciences program

  • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering to Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

    The combined BSME-MSME degree program is 150 credits, 120 for the undergraduate degree and 30 credits for the master’s degree. However, up to 6 graduate hours may be counted towards technical electives at the undergraduate level. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees. Students wishing to take graduate credits while in undergraduate status must receive approval from the School of Engineering Director prior to registering for graduate level course(s).

    Approved Curriculum

    Participants should contact the Program Director for guidance on the appropriate graduate courses to take.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    No additional admission criteria.

    Special Notes

    Mechanical engineering is concerned with energy and its transformations and the design of objects and structures that move. Mechanical engineers are responsible for conceiving, designing, manufacturing, testing, and marketing devices and systems that alter, transfer, transform and utilize the energy form that ultimately causes motion. Employment opportunities range over product design, development, manufacturing, sales, management, teaching, and research. Employers include industrial companies, consulting firms, and government agencies and non-governmental organizations. The UNF Office of Career Services provides information on companies seeking mechanical engineering graduates for permanent positions or current students for employment in cooperative education positions.

  • Bachelor of Science in Sport Management to Master of Education in Athletic Administration

    The combined BS-MEd, Athletic Administration degree program is 159 credits, 120 for the undergraduate degree and 39 credits for the master’s degree. However, up to 6 graduate hours may be counted towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    Students who are admitted into the accelerated program will select 2 of the 5 graduate courses listed below to be applied towards both degrees.

    • SPM5206 Ethics and Issues in Sport (3 credits)
    • SPM5308 Marketing and Promotion in Sport (3 credits)
    • SPM5506 Sport Finance (3 credits)
    • SPM5605 Sport Governance and Compliance (3 credits)
    • SPM6106 Sport Facility and Risk Management (3 credits)

    Additional Admission Criteria

    • Completion of at least 15 undergraduate hours in their major.
    • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.40 in their major, 3.0 overall GPA
    • Letter of recommendation from a faculty member in their major.

    Special Notes

    This accelerated program also serves as the Honors in the Major for Sport Management.

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science to Master of Science in Computing and Information Sciences

    The combined BS-MS degree program is 150 credits, 120 for the undergraduate degree and 30 credits for the master’s degree. However, up to 6 graduate hours may be counted towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    Students admitted to the accelerated BS-MS program may take the graduate-level courses CIS6913 Research Methods in Computing and CIS6372 Information Assurance to satisfy up to 6 credits of the required 9 major electives. The Computer and Information Sciences Oral Exit Requirement is also applicable to accelerated students.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    A major GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Special Notes

    Students will be required to enroll into the Master's of Science program immediately following their Bachelor's of Science graduation term, excluding summer. Failing to follow this continuous enrollment requirement shall disqualify the student from double counting graduate credits and they will be required to take additional graduate courses to satisfy graduate requirements.

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Science to Master of Science in Computing and Information Sciences

    The combined BS-MS degree program is 150 credits, 120 for the undergraduate degree and 30 credits for the master’s degree. However, up to 6 graduate hours may be counted towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    Students admitted to the accelerated BS-MS program may take the graduate-level courses CIS6913 Research Methods in Computing and CIS6372 Information Assurance to satisfy up to 6 credits of the required 9 major electives. The Computer and Information Sciences Oral Exit Requirement is also applicable to accelerated students.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    A major GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Special Notes

    Students will be required to enroll into the Master's of Science program immediately following their Bachelor's of Science graduation term, excluding summer. Failing to follow this continuous enrollment requirement shall disqualify the student from double counting graduate credits and they will be required to take additional graduate courses to satisfy graduate requirements.

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Systems to Master of Science in Computing and Information Sciences

    The combined BS-MS degree program is 150 credits, 120 for the undergraduate degree and 30 credits for the master’s degree. However, up to 6 graduate hours may be counted towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    Students admitted to the accelerated BS-MS program may take the graduate-level courses CIS6913 Research Methods in Computing and CIS6372 Information Assurance to satisfy up to 6 credits of the required 9 major electives. The Computer and Information Sciences Oral Exit Requirement is also applicable to accelerated students.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    A major GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Special Notes

    Students will be required to enroll into the Master's of Science program immediately following their Bachelor's of Science graduation term, excluding summer. Failing to follow this continuous enrollment requirement shall disqualify the student from double counting graduate credits and they will be required to take additional graduate courses to satisfy graduate requirements.

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology to Master of Science in Computing and Information Sciences

    The combined BS-MS degree program is 150 credits, 120 for the undergraduate degree and 30 credits for the master’s degree. However, up to 6 graduate hours may be counted towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    Students admitted to the accelerated BS-MS program may take the graduate-level courses CIS6913 Research Methods in Computing and CIS6372 Information Assurance to satisfy up to 6 credits of the required 9 major electives. The Computer and Information Sciences Oral Exit Requirement is also applicable to accelerated students.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    A major GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Special Notes

    Students will be required to enroll into the Master's of Science program immediately following their Bachelor's of Science graduation term, excluding summer. Failing to follow this continuous enrollment requirement shall disqualify the student from double counting graduate credits and they will be required to take additional graduate courses to satisfy graduate requirements.

  • Bachelor of Science in Computing and Information Sciences to Master of Science in Computing and Information Sciences

    The combined BS-MS degree program is 150 credits, 120 for the undergraduate degree and 30 credits for the master’s degree. However, up to 6 graduate hours may be counted towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    Students admitted to the accelerated BS-MS program may take the graduate-level courses CIS6913 Research Methods in Computing and CIS6372 Information Assurance to satisfy up to 6 credits of the required 9 major electives. The Computer and Information Sciences Oral Exit Requirement is also applicable to accelerated students.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    A major GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Special Notes

    Students will be required to enroll into the Master's of Science program immediately following their Bachelor's of Science graduation term, excluding summer. Failing to follow this continuous enrollment requirement shall disqualify the student from double counting graduate credits and they will be required to take additional graduate courses to satisfy graduate requirements.

  • Bachelor of Health Administration to Master of Health Administration

    The combined BHA-MHA degree program is 165 credits, 120 for the undergraduate degree and 45 credits for the master’s degree. However, up to 9 graduate hours may be counted towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 9 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    Participating students will enroll in HSA6520 Managerial Epidemiology, HSA6905 Policy and Law in Health Care and HSA6342 Healthcare Human Resources and must complete the courses with a B or higher to be eligible for the MHA program.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    A major GPA of 3.0 or higher is required

    Special Notes

    The GRE requirement will be waived for students who participating in the BHA to MHA accelerated program.

  • Bachelor of Arts in History to the Master of Arts in History

    The combined BA-MA degree program is 156 credits, 120 for the undergraduate degree and 36 credits for the master’s degree. However, up to 3 graduate hours may be counted towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 3 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees

    Approved Curriculum

    Participating students should select one course from the 5000 or 6000 level Graduate Course (not Readings Seminar) in the following course prefixes: AFH AMH ASH ASN EUH HIS LAH WOH. The courses must be completed with a B or higher to be eligible for the MA program.

    Special Notes

    Participating students are also eligible for Honors in the Major. Students must also complete a minor from a list of approved minors, including those outside the college.

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology to the Master of Science in Psychological Science

    The BS and MS degree programs normally require 158 hours to complete, 120 credit hours for the undergraduate degree and 38 credit hours for the graduate degree. However, qualified students may count a maximum of 10 graduate credit hours towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 10 credit hours of graduate coursework, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    Participating students will take Research Design and Analysis (PSY6214), Colloquium (PSY6937), Supervised Research (PSY6910) and a Seminar in Racism, Discrimination and Marginalization (PSY6780). Courses must be completed with a B or higher.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    • Minimum 3.2 undergraduate GPA in the major
    • Minimum 3.2 GPA across Research Methods and two Experimental courses
    • A letter of support from one faculty member to mentor the student in thesis

    Special Notes

    Ideally, the accelerated path will allow students to work in the same lab for 3-4 years. This increased time in the lab will undoubtedly serve the student in both skill development and products. Honors in the major is also associated with this BS-MS pathway.

  • Bachelor of Science in Health, Interdisciplinary Health Studies to the MS Athletic Training

    The combined BSH to MSAT program is 174 credits, 120 for the undergraduate degree and 54 credits for the master’s degree. However, up to 7 graduate hours may be counted towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 7 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees.

    Approved Curriculum

    Approved students will complete ATR 5105C Foundations in Athletic Training and ATR 5126C Gross Anatomy for Athletic Trainers. Both courses can be used towards both the IHS major requirements and major elective requirements.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    Completion of all MSAT prerequisites with a GPA of 3.0.

    Meet MSAT program Technical Standards for admission.

    Submit a personal statement describing prior experiences, accomplishments, and career goals.

    50 hours of observational experience under the supervision of a Certified Athletic Trainer.

    Three (3) letters of recommendation submitted to the MSAT program director. One letter must be from an Athletic Trainer who supervised the applicant during the observational experience.

    Interview with UNF Athletic Training program faculty.

    Special Notes

    Applicants do not need to complete an application through the Athletic Training Centralized Application System to enroll in the accelerated program.

  • Bachelor of Science in Physics to the Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering

    The combined BS to MSMSE program is 144 credits, 120 for the undergraduate degree and 30 credits for the master’s degree. However, up to 6 graduate hours may be counted towards both degrees. Students complete the undergraduate degree first, taking no more than 6 credits of graduate coursework in their senior year, which will then be used to satisfy both degrees

    Approved Curriculum

    Approved students will complete EMA5104 Adv. Materials Principles I and EMA5114 Adv. Materials Principles II. Both courses can be used towards both the BS major requirements and the MSMSE requirements.

    Additional Admission Criteria

    Students seeking admission to the accelerated BS-MSMSE must submit an unofficial UNF transcript and a personal statement to the MSMSE Graduate Program Director.