Accelerated Master's Programs Overview
The accelerated master’s degree with a concentration in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, is designed for highly motivated Mason undergraduates who have demonstrated a strong interest in the biological bases of cognition and behavior. Evidence of this interest can take the form of having sought out research experience in the labs of Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience (CBN) Program faculty, as well as having enrolled in courses that explore the biological basis of behavior (e.g., Psyc 375 & Psyc 376). The accelerated MA in psychology is available only to students pursuing the MA in psychology with a concentration in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience. Students must have completed no fewer than 75 and no more than 100 credits at the time of application. The degree is open to any major (Psychology, Neuroscience and Biology majors might find this progam particularly appealing), provided that the appropriate prerequisite courses have been taken. Note that this is a joint undergraduate/graduate degree program.
Students admitted to an accelerated master’s degree program have the opportunity to complete both degrees in a reduced amount of time, and at a reduced cost. 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 behavorial neuroscience after satisfactory completion of 146 credits.