Accelerated Master's Programs
Accelerated Master's programs are a great way to get ahead
The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers several options for our undergraduate students to start working on their Master's degree while they're completing their Bachelor's. Applicants receive a waiver of the graduate application fee and admitted students may obtain both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree after satisfactory completion of 144-150 credits (number of required credits depends on the degree program).
Available programs in CVPA:
- Art & Visual Technology, BA/Arts Management, MA
- Art & Visual Technology, BFA/Arts Management, MA
- Art & Visual Technology, BFA/ Graphic Design, MA
- Art & Visual Technology, BFA/Art Education, MAT with teacher licensure
- Music, BA/Arts Management, MA
- Music, BM/Arts Management, MA
- Music, BM, Concentration in Performance/Music, MM, Concentration in Performance
- Theater, BA/Arts Management, MA
There are some programs at the university that consider students from any undergraduate background. For a full list of available programs, please visit the university catalog.
Accelerated Master's Information Sessions
For undergraduate students interested in pursuing one of the Accelerated Master's programs listed above, the CVPA Graduate Admissions Office provides a detailed information session each semester to go over policies and procedures for how to apply and to discuss how to earn and use credits towards each degree:
University-Wide Accelerated Master's Showcase
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Merten Hall, Rm. 1201 (Fairfax Campus)
*This event is for current Mason undergraduate students.
Info Sessions at the Showcase:
Representatives from the Registrar's Office will be available to provide information and answer questions about how to register for courses and make an Accelerated Master's degree work with your current program.
Register for the 4:00 - 4:30 PM session
Register for the 4:30 - 5:00 PM session
If you have any additional questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with your undergraduate advisor.
Students who are interested in pursuing the accelerated route should talk to their undergraduate advisor to see if it would work with their current degree plan. Students must apply to the Master's option when they have earned 75 - 100 credits; applications cannot be considered for applicants who hold more than 100 credits. For more information about policies and procedures, students should refer to the university catalog.
Please visit the GMU Admissions website for instructions on how to apply. Give yourself enough time to complete all of the steps of the application process before the deadline:
► Spring Consideration: October 1 ► Fall Consideration: March 1
All students must provide the following items as part of their applications:
- Online Application
- Goals Statement outlining their reasons for wanting to pursue the Master's program
- Letter of Recommendation from Academic Advisor
- Uploaded transcript from PatriotWeb
Some Master's programs have additional requirements:
- Official score on Praxis Core or SAT equivalent
- Endorsement Worksheet
- MAT portfolio must include 15 to 20 images that reflect artistic breadth and depth, including samples of work with ample attention to drawing and painting from observation. These works must be submitted through SlideRoom. All pieces must include the title of the piece, date, medium, and size of each work. Incomplete portfolios will not be considered.
- Writing Sample about art or graphic design, such as a paper from an art or design history course
- Portfolio must include 20 examples of original design works in a format that is viewable in SlideRoom.
- Applicant must complete an audition through SlideRoom. Information on what to prepare can be found on the School of Music website.