Leadership Studies Accelerated Graduate Pathway

Program Type
Accelerated Graduate Pathway
Leads to Master of Arts (MA)
Mode of Study
Pathway: Varies by major

Pathway highlights

  • Complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as few as five years.
  • Take advantage of a time-saving & cost-saving pathway for highly motivated undergraduate students looking ahead to graduate school.
  • Save up to 12 credits worth of tuition, fees, and expenses.
  • Declare any undergraduate major to enroll in this pathway.
  • Expand your career opportunities with both your bachelor’s and your master’s degrees in hand.
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How the pathway works

During your final year of undergraduate study, you’ll begin taking graduate-level Leadership Studies courses — if you meet progress standards. The graduate-level courses will satisfy credit requirements for your undergraduate major as well as the first year of the Leadership Studies graduate program.

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Select any undergraduate major

Each of our undergraduate majors is eligible to enroll in the Leadership Studies MA Accelerated Graduate Pathway. Please be advised that some majors that require 70 credits or more will extend the normal timeline for the pathway.

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About our Leadership Studies graduate program

Graduates of our Leadership Studies master’s program are prepared to lead change, drive innovation, and enhance diversity in organizations and communities.

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Program requirements

You’ll be required to earn a high grade in specific courses along with maintaining an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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Bypass the graduate application

If you meet undergraduate progress standards, the graduate application will be waived and you’ll be automatically admitted to our Leadership Studies graduate program.

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Frequently asked questions

Our Accelerated Graduate Pathways offer undergraduate students the opportunity to begin graduate study while completing their bachelor’s degree.

Next steps

Our helpful admissions counselors are here to answer your questions about the admissions process, our academic programs, and student support services. We also invite you to explore the many ways to visit campus or to engage with us through online experiences.

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Please note: Current USM students should contact your Academic Advisor to learn more about how the pathway can work with your current academic progress. This pathway is most beneficial when you declare it as early as possible in your undergraduate studies.