5-Year Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts Program

In order to encourage outstanding UMass Lowell undergraduate degree students to continue their studies towards an advanced degree, qualified students may apply for the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Option (except for the MBA program in the School of Management which does not accept candidates under this option.  Bachelor's to Master's programs include the Fast Track to Teaching and Plus 1 programs.)

This option carries distinct benefits. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required (except in the Graduate School of Education) and the application fee is waived. In addition, many departments offer course credit benefits.  (For detailed information regarding specific course credit benefits, please see the Graduate Coordinator in the respective master’s degree granting department.)


Any UMass Lowell undergraduate junior or senior with a grade point average of 3.0 or better may apply to a Master’s degree program at UMass Lowell (except for the MBA Program) under the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Option. However, to be accepted into this option the following minimum conditions must be met (individual departments may have more stringent requirements):

  1. The student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above at the time the baccalaureate degree is conferred in order to maintain eligibility for this option.
  2. The student must apply for and receive his/her baccalaureate degree before matriculating into the graduate program.
  3. Once accepted a student is expected to begin his/her graduate studies in the semester immediately following conferral of the baccalaureate degree unless the student submits a written request for deferral. A student is allowed to defer for a maximum of one year from the date of acceptance. For example, if accepted for the Spring 2009 semester, an individual can defer to either the Fall 2009 or Spring 2010 semesters. A student defers acceptance by submitting a written request to the Office of Graduate Admissions. All deferral requests must specify which semester the student wishes to enroll. Any applicant accepted to the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Option who opts not to enroll in at least one course within the graduate department to which they have been accepted in the semester immediately following conferral of the bachelor’s degree and who does not submit a deferral request forfeits his/her rights to benefits under this program.  Should the student decide to begin his/her studies at a later time he/she will be required to take the GRE, pay an application fee, and have his/her application reassessed.

Course Credits

The graduate degree granting department may allow course credit benefits; however, the following requirements apply:

  1. Any graduate courses taken by a baccalaureate degree student that are credited towards the Master’s degree must have been obtained with a grade of B or better.
  2. Only courses of 500 level or higher may count toward the Master’s degree.
  3. As defined by the graduate degree granting department, a maximum of 12 graduate credits (500 level or above) may be used for both the baccalaureate and master’s degrees provided these graduate credits were taken in excess of the university minimum of 120 baccalaureate degree credits, or a maximum of up to six credits of graduate (500 level or higher) courses may be used by a student in the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Option for both the graduate and undergraduate degrees.
  4. Students must petition to have specific courses (500 level or above) taken during their undergraduate career apply towards their graduate degree via an Academic Petition.

How to Apply

Applicants are requested to use the standard paper application form and submit requisite materials to the Office of Graduate Admissions (Dugan Hall - UMass Lowell South), normally in the second semester of their third year as an undergraduate (up until the last day of classes in their final semester before graduation). Application forms and details on applying may be obtained by contacting the Graduate Admissions Office at 978-934-2390 or by downloading this form (pdf).