Psychology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Accelerated MA in Psychology (with a Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience)

Highly qualified Mason psychology majors may apply to the accelerated master’s degree. If accepted, students will be able to earn a BA or BS in psychology and an MA in psychology with a concentration in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience) after satisfactory completion of 146 credits.

The accelerated MA in psychology is available only to students pursuing the MA in psychology with a concentration in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all master's degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Accelerated Option Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

While undergraduate students, accelerated master’s students complete six credits of graduate courses (chosen from PSYC 531, PSYC 558, PSYC 559) as indicated on their Accelerated Master’s Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. On completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master’s students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master’s degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master’s program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit (chosen from PSYC 531, PSYC 558PSYC 559). These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master’s degree, students should use the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition Form.

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See the Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates section of the catalog.

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