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

Catalog Year: 2020-2021

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Psychology, BA or BS/Psychology, Accelerated MA (Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Concentration)


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

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Application Requirements

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to this program, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental web site.

Accelerated Option Requirements

It is strongly recommended that students complete at least one semester of lab research before applying to the Accelerated Master's Program.

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete six credits of graduate courses (chosen from PSYC 531 Mammalian Neurobiology,PSYC 555 NeuroimagingPSYC 558 Neuronal Bases of Learning and MemoryPSYC 559 Behavioral Chemistry, and approved sections of PSYC 592 Special Topics) as indicated on their Accelerated Master's Program Application with a minimum grade of B in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all coursework. 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 Mammalian NeurobiologyPSYC 555 NeuroimagingPSYC 558 Neuronal Bases of Learning and MemoryPSYC 559 Behavioral Chemistry, and approved sections of PSYC 592 Special Topics. 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 AP.1.4.4 Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates for more information.