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Accelerated Graduate Admission and Credit

Accelerated Graduate Admission and Credit

Early Master’s Admission for MSU Seniors

Seniors at Murray State University who are within nine hours of completing the baccalaureate degree, who have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0, and are meeting all undergraduate GPA requirements, may be admitted to graduate study provided they meet departmental and general admission requirements. Seniors admitted on this basis are considered graduate students, and will be charged graduate tuition for all courses scheduled. See the Course Load section for graduate students in the Registration and Academic Records chapter in this Bulletin. Note: This type of admission may cause problems with financial aid.

Students who fail to complete all undergraduate requirements during their first semester as graduate students (unless they are in an approved accelerated graduate program) will be denied graduate credit. All courses taken during that term will be permanently recorded as undergraduate level, with no refund of graduate tuition. Early admission graduate students may apply for graduate assistantships.

Seniors enrolled at institutions other than MSU who meet the requirements outlined above may petition Graduate Admissions for early admission. However, an official transcript with a bachelor’s degree posted will be required prior to registration.

Accelerated Graduate Admission

Accelerated graduate programs provide academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in less time and/or fewer hours than a traditional route. A Murray State University undergraduate student who needs 30 or fewer credit hours to complete all of the requirements of a baccalaureate degree and who has an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 at the time of admission, may be considered for accelerated graduate admission as a graduate student in designated programs. See the Course Load section for graduate students in the Registration and Academic Records chapter in this Bulletin.

Students who wish to be considered for accelerated graduate admission to a graduate degree program are advised to take the GRE or another appropriate test during their junior year. Students should consult their intended graduate program for specific requirements. Application for accelerated graduate admission should be initiated by the student by completing a graduate admissions application.

See the Accelerated Program Credit section in the Registration and Academic Records chapter of this Bulletin for information on allowing some MSU graduate courses to be used for both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

NOTE: Federal regulations permit undergraduate students to receive financial assistance only for coursework required for their current degree program. Students who are enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate coursework in the same semester will receive less financial aid than if only enrolled for undergraduate coursework. Students are strongly advised to contact Murray State University’s Office of Financial Aid to find out how their financial aid amount would be adjusted.

University scholarship, tuition waivers, athletic certification, and veteran’s benefits may also be impacted. Graduate tuition will be charged for all coursework upon accelerated graduate admission.

Accelerated Program Credit

For qualified students who have been admitted to an accelerated graduate program, a maximum of 12 Murray State graduate credit hours (30 MSU graduate credit hours for the accelerated Occupational Therapy program) may be used towards satisfying their undergraduate and graduate degree requirements. Grades earned in the Accelerated Program Credit will count in both the undergraduate and graduate GPAs. Students who drop out of the accelerated graduate program will not be eligible to use the Accelerated Program Credit courses toward any graduate degree; however, the courses will continue to apply toward the undergraduate degree. Students must seek approval from their academic department and complete the Accelerated Program Credit approval form or the Accelerated Program Credit approval form – Occupational Therapy.

Modified 4/26/2019
Article ID: 2222