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/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 program within our college. The university also offers a showcase of all Accelerated Master's programs at least once a year. Dates for all of these events will be posted by August 1.  

If you have any specific questions, please feel free to contact or speak with your undergraduate advisor at any time. 

Admissions Requirements

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
  • Resume

Some Master's programs have additional requirements:

Art Education, MAT

  • 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. 

For more information, please visit the Graduate Programs page through the School of Art's website

Music, MM, Concentration in Performance

Applicant must complete an audition through SlideRoom. Information on what to prepare can be found on the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music website.