Accelerated Degree Programs

Earn your bachelor's and master's degrees in five years

Perhaps you've heard it referred to as an "accelerated bachelor's-master's" or a "4+1" program. We have nicknamed it the "Faster Master's." Accelerated Degree Programs (ADP) allows current Marquette University undergraduate students to continue on for a master's degree after completing their bachelor's degrees. ADP students take classes during their junior or senior years that meet requirements for both their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

With proper planning, most can complete a master's degree in one additional academic year – saving significant time and money.

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Contact mugs@mu.edu at the Graduate School for more information on how to get started in any of our ADP programs. 

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lect any of the ADP programs below for more information on admission requirements and application steps. 

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Accounting

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Accounting major
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • Essay questions on the application form
  • References: List contact information of two Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • Resume
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Accounting Analytics

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Accounting major
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • Essay questions on the application form
  • References: List contact information of two Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • Resume
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Applied Economics

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • Essay questions on the application form
  • References: List contact information of two Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • Resume
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Applied Statistics

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose outlining rational for seeking admission to the program, possible area of interest, relevant work experience or education, and career goals
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Biomedical Engineering

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose that includes the proposed area of research specialization
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Business Administration

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • Essay questions on the application form
  • References: List contact information of two Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • Resume
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Chemistry

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • Personal statement – write about your interest, research, work or other relevant experiences
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • Resume
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Civil Engineering

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • GRE test score. Depending on GPA, test may be waived.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Communication 

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.50 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A brief statement of academic and professional goals
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • Resume
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Corporate Communication  

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • Essay questions on the application form
  • References: List contact information of two Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • Resume
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Computer and Information Science

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose outlining relevant work experience or education, career goals, possible areas of interest, and reasons for seeking admission to the program.
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Criminal Justice Data Analytics

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.20 GPA
  • Students must have completed at least 18 credits of CRLS course work (6 courses) by the end of their junior year.

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose describing reasons for pursuing an advanced degree and career plans.
  • References: List contact information of two Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • Resume (optional)
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Data Science

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Basic computational thinking competency as demonstrated by completion of an introductory course (e.g., COSC 1010 Introduction to Software Development or equivalent) or proof of successful completion of a recommended introductory online Python programming course as recommended by the program director. 
  • Completion of a foundational statistics course (e.g., MATH 1700 Modern Elementary Statistics PSYC 2001 Psychological Measurements and Statistics: Lecture Only, SOCI 2060 Social Statistics or equivalent) with familiarity in programs such as R, MATLAB, SAS, Stata, etc. or proof of successful completion of a recommended introductory online foundational statistics course as recommended by the program director.

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose outlining relevant work experience or education, career goals, possible areas of interest and reasons for seeing admission to the program.
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • Resume (recommended)
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Electrical and Computer Engineering

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission Requirements:

  • Minimum 3.50 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A brief statement of purpose
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • GRE test score. Depending on GPA, test may be waived.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

English

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Students should have completed four English courses beyond ENGL 1001 Foundations in Rhetoric

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose that 1) summarizes your academic interests and achievements and your career goals, and 2) explains why you are interested in Marquette’s MA program specifically. Emphasize strengths that may not otherwise be obvious from your application file.
  • 1-2 writing samples, single-authored by the applicant, that in total add up to between 12-20 pages. These samples should showcase your analytical thinking, argumentation, and voice as a writer.
  • References: List contact information of two Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Exercise and Rehabilitation Science

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Completed work in anatomy and physiology

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A completed online application form
  • A curriculum vitae including work history, formal education, continuing education, licensing and certification, professional organizations, honors and awards, publications, presentations and grants
  • A personal statement of no more than 500 words addressing your purpose for applying to the program, your ability to successfully complete the program and your goals (short and long term)
  • 1-2 writing samples, single-authored by the applicant, that in total add up to between 12-20 pages. These samples should showcase your analytical thinking, argumentation, and voice as a writer.
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript
  • Interview with department faculty may be required

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Finance

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Must have completed at least one introduction to finance course

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A completed online application form
  • Essay questions on the application form
  • Resume or job profile
  • References: List contact information of two Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

History

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A one-page statement of purpose specifying proposed areas of study and academic interest
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

International Affairs

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 3.50 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Management

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • Resume
  • References: List contact information of two Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Mechanical Engineering

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies. Students begin their research for the thesis the summer between junior and senior year.

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 3.50 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • GRE test score. Depending on GPA, test may be waived.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Neuroscience

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies. The cellular and molecular specialization must be chosen.

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose outlining relevant education or work experience, career goals, possible areas of interest, and reasons for seeking admission to this program
  • Resume/CV
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Philosophy

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Must have completed at least 18 credits of course work in philosophy (6 courses)

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose outlining achievements and intentions in philosophy
  • A sample of philosophical writing. The sample should be between 15-25 pages long and should be philosophical in nature. It should demonstrate your skills in correct citation and bibliography as well as your philosophical acumen in reasoning (as in reconstructing an argument, for example).
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Political Science

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 3.50 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 3.50 GPA in political science courses
  • Must be a political science or international affairs major
  • Must have completed three upper division courses in political science

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Public Service

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Must be enrolled in the Urban Affairs minor

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose. The best personal statement summarizes your academic interests and achievements and your career goals. Emphasize strengths that may not otherwise be obvious from your application file.
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

School Counseling

 

When to apply: Sophomore standing of undergraduate studies

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 3.20 GPA

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • A statement of purpose
  • Resume/CV
  • References: List contact information of three Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript
  • Interview with program director

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

Supply Chain Management 

 

When to apply: Junior standing of undergraduate studies

Admission requirements:

  • Minimum 3.00 GPA
  • Completed coursework in supply chain management
  • Completed coursework in basic statistics and calculus

Application Details

Submit the following:

  • Resume or job profile
  • References: List contact information of two Marquette faculty who can speak to your ability to be successful in a graduate program.
  • A copy of your Marquette University transcript

Learn more about the program, faculty, and coursework 

 

D.P.T to Ph.D. Exercise and Rehabilitation Science

 

When to apply: Fall of DPT5 year

Admissions requirements

Students must be currently enrolled in the MUPT program and have a GPA of 3.00 or higher to be considered eligible to apply. Research experience highly recommended.

More information about the program, faculty, and coursework can be found on the program page on the Graduate School website.

 

 

 

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When should I talk to my academic advisor about ADP?

Earlier the better!  ADP students will need to take certain courses during their senior year to be counted for graduate credit, so having a detailed class schedule is extremely beneficial.

Do I need to take the GRE?

Most programs do not require the GRE. For those programs that require it, they may offer a test waiver depending on an applicants GPA.

What are the requirements for admission?

Each ADP program is a little different.  Each program has set a minimum GPA requirement that a student must meet to be considered for eligibility. Click on your program (under the Find Your Program tab) to see the requirements.

In the application, which semester do I apply for graduate school?

Students should apply for admissions to graduate school the semester after they graduate with their bachelors degree, not the semester they begin taking classes for graduate credit.

Example: A student in their Junior year in the fall of 2023 will apply for admission to graduate school for the fall 2025.

Can ADP students apply to be a graduate assistant or teaching assistant?

No, ADP students usually are not granted graduate assistant/teaching assistant positions.  This is because GA positions are usually 2 year positions, and departments prefer to train a student to have them for 2 years.

Is financial aid available? How much is tuition?

 

Getting Started

Considering ADP programs for your department?

Here's where you can start. 

Submitting an ADP Proposal

Academic Program Approval Guidelines

For questions, please contact the Graduate School's Assistant Dean, Carl Wainscott, phone: (414) 288-4325.