Counseling Accelerated Graduate Pathway

Program Type
Accelerated Graduate Pathway
Leads to Master of Science (MS)
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 — rather than the usual six.
  • Take advantage of a time-saving & cost-saving pathway for highly motivated undergraduate students looking ahead to graduate school.
  • Save up to 18 credits worth of tuition, fees, and expenses.
  • Declare a major in Social and Behavioral Sciences to be eligible for this pathway.
  • Begin your counseling career sooner with both your BA and your MS degrees in hand.
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How the pathway works

During your final year of undergraduate study, you’ll begin taking graduate-level Counseling courses — if you meet progress standards and graduate program admissions requirements. The graduate-level courses will satisfy credit requirements for your Social and Behavioral Sciences undergraduate major as well as the Counseling graduate program.

Eligible majors

To enroll in this pathway, you’ll select a major in Social and Behavioral Sciences.

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Program requirements

Along with completing prerequisite courses for the Counseling graduate program, you will need to maintain a GPA of at least 3.0.

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Admission to Counseling MS program

During your undergraduate studies, you will be required to submit the graduate program application along with all required admission materials. Your Academic Advisor will provide guidance on submitting your application.

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About our Counseling graduate program

We offer concentrations in Clinical Mental Health, Rehabilitation, and School Counseling. Each concentration leads to licensure in the particular field of counseling.

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Frequently asked questions

Our Accelerated Graduate Pathways offer highly motivated 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.