Accelerated Programs

Get Your Degree Faster.
University College has a range of courses and programs shaped to fit each student's schedule and goals. Students may choose from the options below, and, as they browse the semester's course listings, they can also search under "8-Week" courses and "Weekend Only."

Accelerated Master's Degree Program

The Accelerated Master's Degree Program allows Arts & Sciences day students to count their graduate-level course work (completed as an undergraduate) toward a master's degree. With careful planning, some of this course work can be incorporated into a student's undergraduate course of study, be covered by their regular undergraduate tuition, and lead to an AB earned in normal time with an accompanying master's in an additional one or two extra semesters of study.

Only current Arts & Sciences undergraduates who are earning an AB are eligible for this Accelerated Master's Degree program. The accelerated master's program option applies to the following master's degree programs:


Students wanting to advance more quickly toward their degree can do so with the Accelerated Track program (ACTRAC).

Eligible University College students can enroll in courses that carry the ACTRAC option (noted in the course listings). By completing additional course work prescribed by the instructor, students earn 4 credits for each ACTRAC course rather than the usual 3 credits. By taking ACTRAC courses, students can reduce the total number of courses they must take before they graduate.

Eligible students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be admitted to a University College undergraduate degree program
  • Have successfully completed at least 12 credits
  • Have completed a college-level English composition course with a grade of B or better
  • Have a 3.0 minimum grade-point average
  • Have written approval from a University College adviser

Once approved, students register and pay for 4 credits for each ACTRAC course. The ACTRAC option must be chosen at the beginning of the semester, and it is not available to Washington University day students.

The "extra credit" work is determined by the instructor and will normally include extra reading, writing and research.

Combined Bachelor's & Master's Degree 

The Combined Bachelor's & Master's Degree Program in University College is designed for students who wish to pursue rigorous and accelerated study that will lead to both a Bachelor of Science and either a Master of Arts or Master of Science in areas of study for which there are degree programs in University College.