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Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree Program

Bachelor's to Master's Program

Qualified UMass Lowell undergraduate junior or senior students may apply for admission to the Bachelor's to Master's public health accelerated option. This program is designed to facilitate admission from a bachelor's degree program to one of two master's degrees:

Students accepted into this option may take up to four graduate level Public Health Core courses (500 level) during their senior year that will be credited toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees upon approval by their undergraduate adviser. Prerequisites for the bachelor's/master's accelerated option include a semester of either biology or anatomy and physiology and a semester of statistics with a grade of C or better. Visit the graduate catalog for details.


It is an exciting time to pursue a master's degree in public health. You will not only make a difference in the world by improving human health, but you will also be in demand to fulfill much needed roles in the field. It is projected that more than 250,000 additional public health workers will be needed in the United States by 2020. Trends fueling the need include a greater public interest in health promotion and disease prevention, an aging population and an increase in the number of people retiring from public health jobs.

Advantages of this Option

  • Bachelor's/Master's students are not required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) for admission into the master's program.
  • Bachelor's/Master's students pay undergraduate tuition for graduate courses taken during the undergraduate program resulting in a cost savings in the graduate program.
  • Bachelor's/Master's students complete the graduate degree in an accelerated time frame, allowing them to pursue careers more quickly.
  • Students accepted in the accelerated Bachelor's/Master's option may waive the application fee for the master's program.


  • Grade point average of a 3.0 or greater. (Must be maintained through completion of the baccalaureate degree).
  • Application to Graduate Admissions Bachelor's/Master's accelerated option in junior or senior year.


For more information about the Bachelor's/Master's option, please contact:

Leland Ackerson