Accelerated Graduate Degree Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences

Communication students holding a robot while looking at its diagnostics on a computer screenThe College of Arts and Sciences at Western Michigan University offers several opportunities for you to get a head start on your graduate degree while enrolled as an undergraduate. Through WMU’s Accelerated Graduate Degree Program, students meeting certain criteria can enroll in up to 12 credit hours of designated 5000- and 6000-level courses for graduate credit. These designated courses may be used in completion of both the bachelor’s and master’s degree.

What we offer

Take advantage of an Accelerated Graduate Degree Program in any of the following disciplines:

Reasons to choose our programs

  • For many master’s programs, these 12 credits represent up to 40 percent of the total graduate degree requirements, meaning you’ll save a significant amount of time toward earning your graduate degree.
  • These programs provide an opportunity to save money, since the tuition for these graduate credits are assessed at the undergraduate tuition rate.
  • Jobs requiring a master’s degree or higher will increase by at least 20 percent by 2020, and WMU’s Accelerated Graduate Degree Programs are a great way to leverage your career choices.

Program details

Applied Economics

This program is open to undergraduate majors who:

  • Have senior status and have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours at WMU and at least 20 credit hours as a declared economics major.
  • Maintain an undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.5 based on 45 credit hours with at least 15 hours earned at WMU.
  • Have completed MATH 1220 (Calculus I) with a grade of B or higher.
  • ECON 5040 must be included as part of the AGDP’s 12 credit hours.

Biological Sciences

This program is open to undergraduate majors who:

  • Have completed a minimum of 80 and maximum of 96 credit hours.
  • Are transfer students who have completed a minimum of 30 credits at WMU and a minimum 15 credits in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 at WMU and 3.5 in biological sciences classes.

Chemistry

This program is open to undergraduate majors who:

  • Have senior status and have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours at WMU and at least 15 credit hours as a declared major in chemistry.
  • Maintain an undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.0 and a minimum GPA of 3.25 in chemistry courses (based on at least 15 credit hours earned at WMU).

Communication

This program is open to undergraduate students:

  • In all communication majors: communication studies; film, video and media studies; interpersonal communication; journalism; organizational communication; public relations; and telecommunication and information management.
  • Who have senior status and have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours at WMU and at least 20 credit hours as a declared major in the School of Communication.
  • Who maintain an undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.5 (based on at least 15 credit hours earned at WMU).

Earth Science

This program is open to undergraduate majors who:

  • Are enrolled as geology, geochemistry, geophysics or hydrology majors.
  • Have senior status and have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours at WMU and at least 20 credit hours as a declared major in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences. 
  • Maintain an undergraduate minimum GPA of 3.0 based on 88 credit hours with at least 30 hours earned at WMU.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above in their major classes and 2.5 or above in their cognate classes.

Mathematics

This program is open to undergraduate majors who:

  • Have completed a minimum of 80 and a maximum of 96 credit hours in their undergraduate programs.
  • Are transfer students with a minimum of 15 WMU mathematics credit hours and a minimum of 30 total WMU credit hours.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 at WMU and 3.5 in mathematics classes.

Sociology

This program is open to undergraduates majors who:

  • Have senior status, have earned a minimum of 15 credit hours at WMU, and have taken 20 hours in their major.
  • Have completed SOC 2820–Methods of Data Collection, SOC 2830–Methods of Data Analysis, and SOC 3000–Sociological Theory or SOC 3620–Criminology.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at WMU.
  • Meet all admission requirements for the M.A. in Sociology.

Spanish

This program is open to undergraduate majors:

  • In both Spanish majors (non-teaching and education curriculum).
  • Who have senior status and an cumulative GPA of 3.5 at WMU and a minimum 3.0 GPA with at least 20 credit hours earned as a declared Spanish major.

Statistics

This program is open to undergraduate majors who:

  • Have completed a minimum of 80 and maximum of 96 credit hours, including credits earned from advanced placement.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at WMU.
  • Are transfer students who have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours as a full-time student at WMU.

Map out your program

Ready to map out your Accelerated Graduate Degree Program? Contact Arts and Sciences’ advising by your junior year.