Requirements for Accelerated Master’s Degree Programs
Accelerated Master’s Degree (AMP) programs are designed to allow current UVM undergraduate students to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees within a total of five years. Students are expected to be full‐time until completion of the master’s degree. Not all UVM master’s degree programs include an AMP option. Those programs that do are listed in the undergraduate catalog under Unique Learning Opportunities/Accelerated Degree Programs. The curriculum for an AMP is identical to that of the affiliated master's degree.
AMP students may use up to six (6) credits of graduate-level courses taken at UVM toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Some programs specify the courses that must be taken; in others it is determined individually.
In some programs an additional three (3) credits of graduate-level coursework taken prior to earning the bachelor’s, beyond the six double counted credits, may be used for the master’s, provided the credits do not also count toward the bachelor’s degree.
Graduate-level courses taken for the AMP prior to earning the bachelor's must be graded and cannot be independent study or research; thesis research credits; internships; or practica.
Under no circumstance will more than nine (9) credits of graduate-level coursework taken prior to earning the bachelor's be applied towards the graduate degree.
Students must apply for and be accepted to the AMP through the standard Graduate College application process. Normally, the application and admission process must be finalized prior to the beginning of the senior year. In all cases, students must be admitted by the Graduate College before taking any courses that will apply to the master’s degree, i.e., all courses used for the master’s degree must be taken after formal admission to the AMP.
Standardized admissions tests are typically not required for AMP admission. AMP students may not receive fellowship or assistantship funding prior to completion of the bachelor’s degree and, normally, AMP students are not funded following completion of the bachelor's as the intent is for them to be fully engaged in their studies and complete the master’s one year beyond the bachelor’s degree.