Accelerated Graduate Pathways

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For undergraduate students looking ahead to graduate school, the University of Southern Maine (USM) offers several Accelerated Graduate Pathways that allow you to begin graduate study while completing your bachelor's degree — saving you time and money.

How an Accelerated Graduate Pathway Works

Our Accelerated Graduate Pathways link undergraduate and graduate programs that are within complementary areas of study. When enrolled in a pathway, you’ll be required to earn a high grade in specific courses. These courses will satisfy credit requirements for both your undergraduate degree program and your future graduate degree program.

You’ll receive an outstanding education, guided by expert faculty, while earning two degrees.

Where To Begin

The best place to start is to browse the Accelerated Graduate Pathway offerings.

  • First, check to see if the graduate degree you’re interested in offers an Accelerated Graduate Pathway.
  • Then, check to see if your intended or current major can enroll in the Accelerated Graduate Pathway.

How to Enroll

Prospective Undergraduate Students
You can select an Accelerated Graduate Pathway when you apply to USM for undergraduate study.*  If you have questions about the pathway or the University application process, please contact our Office of Admissions.

Current Undergraduate Students
Contact your Academic Advisor to learn more about how the pathway can work with your current academic progress. 

Continuing Enrollment in an Accelerated Graduate Pathway

While enrolled in an Accelerated Graduate Pathway, you must maintain a certain GPA and complete specific courses. In addition to other requirements, this ensures that you’re academically prepared for your future graduate program.

Upon completing your undergraduate degree, you are required to begin graduate study in the semester immediately following graduation. For most programs, this means you’ll begin graduate school in the fall semester. Our Leadership Studies graduate program begins in the summer.  

To review the specific enrollment requirements of each Accelerated Graduate Pathway, browse the list of Accelerated Graduate Pathway offerings.

*Accelerated Graduate Pathways to our Education and Occupational Therapy graduate programs and the University of Maine Business Administration graduate program:

  • To enroll in the Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) (MS) and Special Education (MS) Accelerated Graduate Pathways, we ask that you wait until you’re enrolled in 300-level courses.
  • You can enroll in the Occupational Therapy (MOT) and University of Maine Master of Business Administration (MBA) Accelerated Graduate Pathways during your first year of undergraduate study.