Accelerated Graduate Pathways

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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. You can read our Overview of Accelerated Graduate Pathways for more information, and browse the list of frequently asked questions below:

Is an Accelerated Graduate Pathway the right choice for me?

Accelerated Graduate Pathways are for highly motivated students who want to begin graduate study during their final year of undergraduate study. If you know what graduate degree you want to pursue, and you’re ready for a rigorous course of study, an Accelerated Graduate Pathway will set you on the course to save time and money while earning two degrees.  


How do I enroll in an Accelerated Graduate Pathway?

  • If you’re a prospective student:
    • The following Accelerated Graduate Pathways allow you to select the pathway when you Apply to USM:
      • Counseling (MS)
      • Law (JD)
      • Leadership Studies (MA)
      • Policy, Planning, and Management (MPPM)
      • Social Work (MSW)
      • Statistics (MA)
    • The following Accelerated Graduate Pathways can be declared once you’ve enrolled at the University. When you meet with your Academic Advisor, let them know that you’re interested in an Accelerated Graduate Pathway.
      • Education:
        • Teacher Education — Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) (MS)
        • Special Education (MS)
      • Occupational Therapy (MOT)
  • If you’re a current student at the University: Contact your Academic Advisor to get started.

I’m a part-time student. Can I enroll in an Accelerated Graduate Pathway?

Yes, part-time students may enroll in an Accelerated Graduate Pathway. Please contact our Advising Office to meet with an Academic Advisor who can review your coursework and determine your eligibility for entering an Accelerated Graduate Pathway.


I would like to transfer to USM. Can I enroll in an Accelerated Graduate Pathway?

If you’re applying to transfer to USM, please contact our Office of Admissions. An Admissions counselor will review your previous coursework and determine your eligibility for selecting an Accelerated Graduate Pathway.


Do I need to declare a major in order to enroll in an Accelerated Graduate Pathway?

Yes, you must declare a major in order to enroll in an Accelerated Graduate Pathway. If you are undeclared, contact your Academic Advisor. Your advisor will get you started with the process to declare your major.


I know the University offers the graduate degree that I want to pursue, but I don’t see it on the list of Accelerated Graduate Pathways.

If the graduate degree you’re interested in doesn’t have an Accelerated Graduate Pathway, there are still ways you can prepare for a graduate program that can help ensure you take the right courses and thus save time — and frustration — in the future. Your Academic Advisor can suggest appropriate courses to prepare you for your future graduate studies.


I’m not sure who my Academic Advisor is. How can I find out?

Your Academic Advisor is listed in your MaineStreet Student Center (login required).

I have more questions. Whom should I contact for more information?