VCU offers a number of accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s degree programs in which highly qualified undergraduate students can earn both degrees in a minimum of five years by taking approved graduate-level courses during the senior year of their undergraduate programs. Accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s degree programs must be approved by both the University Undergraduate Curriculum Committee and the University Graduate Council. Full descriptions for accelerated programs are included in the Graduate Bulletin and are also accessible through the program index.
Undergraduates who are interested in and qualified for admission to accelerated programs must apply for admission to graduate study and be accepted before they begin the equivalent of the senior year of undergraduate study. Once accepted, they may enroll in the shared graduate course work identified in the approved curriculum (or in the student’s plan of study that must be approved at the time of admission). Graduate 600-level course work that has not been identified as part of the shared course work should not be taken until the shared graduate course work has been completed and the student’s status has changed from undergraduate to graduate. No 600-level graduate course work may be taken before the senior year. No undergraduate course work may be counted toward the master’s degree.
Students in accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s programs who do not achieve minimum grades of C in the shared graduate course work identified in the approved curriculum (or the student’s plan of study approved at the time of admission) must be reviewed for possible dismissal from the accelerated program as well as the graduate degree program, if applicable. If allowed to continue in the accelerated program, the grades received in these courses will be counted toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs and in the calculation of both the undergraduate and graduate grade-point averages. Substitutions for any of the shared graduate course work must be approved by the undergraduate and graduate advisers before the last day of add/drop registration of the semester in which the student wishes to take the substituted course(s).