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Accelerated M.S.

To enable the completion of both a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years, the Department of Geography offers an Accelerated M.S. Geography degree. During the semester before your senior year (i.e., typically during the spring semester of your junior year), apply for admission to the Accelerated M.S. Geography program through the Graduate School admission system. When you apply to the program, indicate that you seek to begin studies in the semester after you expect to complete your undergraduate degree. For example, if you expect to finish your undergrad degree in May 2021, you would apply for admission to begin the Accelerated M.S. program beginning in Fall 2021.

The application consists of the same required materials as the M.S. Geography degree, including a writing sample, three letters of reference, and an “Academic and Professional Goals Statement.” It is critical that you identify and communicate with an advisor before applying to the Accelerated M.S. program, and this advisor should be mentioned in the Academic and Professional Goals Statement.

Students in the Accelerated M.S. Geography program must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3. Students are allowed to ‘double count’ 4000-level courses towards the bachelor’s and master’s degrees; up to 6 credit hours with a GPA of 3.3-3.49, and up to 12 credits with a GPA of 3.5 and above. Double counted courses must be taken during the final 12 months of the bachelor’s degree, and Accelerated M.S. students are expected to complete their bachelor’s degree within two semesters after being accepted into the program. You should check with both your undergraduate advisor and the graduate program advisor to confirm which classes can be counted towards both degrees.

Contact Graduate Director Dr. Luke Juran (ljuran@vt.edu) with any questions about the program.

Additional resources:

·       Grad School – Accelerated Masters Programs

·       Grad School – Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Program

·       Grad School – Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs