Accelerated-BA/MA

The Accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree Option provides qualified KSU undergraduate students the opportunity to begin graduate studies at KSU in their senior year. This program allows students to simultaneously satisfy some remaining requirements for their Bachelor’s Degree while also completing the beginning requirements for the MA Program in American Studies.

A student may use up to twelve (12) credit hours of graduate-level courses offered within a single degree program in meeting the requirements of both a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree.

Students applying for the program must:

  1. Have completed at least 18 hours of coursework at Kennesaw State University
  2. Have a KSU GPA of 3.5 or better
  3. Be within 30 semester hours of graduation
  4. Have written permission of the Chair of the Department of the undergraduate major to use the graduate level courses as acceptable substitutes to fulfill related requirements of the Bachelor’s degree
  5. Meet all requirements for admission into the MA Program in American Studies except for receipt of the undergraduate degree, and
  6. Submit an application for admission to the Accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree Program, along with all necessary admissions documents to the Dean of the Graduate College by the deadline

No more than twelve (12) semester hours of graduate credit may be completed prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree and admission to a graduate degree program. An undergraduate student enrolled in graduate courses is limited to six semester hours of graduate coursework per semester.

For students who work closely with their advisors in planning their course of study at KSU, this option offers the opportunity to simultaneously satisfy partial degree requirements for both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s degrees. Upon completion of the undergraduate degree with a satisfactory GPA and a grade of “B” or better in all completed graduate courses, the student may move to full graduate status in the MA Program in American Studies and the courses taken as an undergraduate can be applied toward the MA degree.

Application Procedure

  1. Meet with the Department Chair of the undergraduate degree program and Dr. Rebecca Hill, Director of the MA Program in American Studies, to determine appropriate course substitutions and complete a course substitution form
  2. Complete the Accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree Application - you do not have to complete the online application through Graduate Admissions
  3. Compile all additional materials required to apply to the Graduate Program in American Studies including transcripts, the GRE Score Report, letter of application, writing sample, and letters of recommendation
  4. Submit all application materials to the Dean of the Graduate College

Accelerated Bachelor’s-Master’s Degree Application Deadlines
Fall Semester – July 15th
Spring Semester – November 15th
Summer Semester – April 15th

Upon receiving the application materials, the Dean of the Graduate College will forward copies of all materials to the MA Program in American Studies Admissions Committee and the Director of Graduate Admissions who will then notify the Dean of the Graduate College of the admissions decision. The Dean of the Graduate College will inform the Director of Graduate Admissions and the student of the admissions decision. Upon acceptance, the student should schedule a meeting with the Dean of the Graduate College to discuss course registration and to register for graduate courses. The MA Program in American Studies cannot register undergraduate students for graduate-level courses.


Application Deadlines:


Fall Semester – July 15th
Spring Semester – Nov. 15th
Summer Semester – April 15th



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