Accelerated Master's Degree Program

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Tuition cost savings: You will earn an MS degree in just one additional year after completing your BS degree, saving one year in terms of time and tuition costs.

    Expedited career growth: The additional year can easily make up for several years of on-the-job experience, providing for a faster and more fulfilling career path.

      Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension for F-1 students: This is a STEM-designated program that allows international students to apply for up to 24 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) upon graduation.

        Increased earning potential upon graduation: Your MS degree will qualify you to apply for a wider range of economics jobs with higher salaries that are well beyond entry level positions typical for a BS graduate. 

          Frequently Asked Questions

          How can I complete 2 degrees in only 5 years?

          The 120 credits taken for your BS will include up to 12 credits of advanced coursework that will be applied to the MS requirements of 30 credits (see Sample Plans of Study).

            What are the eligibility requirements? 

            To be eligible to apply, students should: 

            • have officially expressed interest in the Accelerated Program within the ARE department and are working closely with your academic advisor
            • have a minimum GPA of 3.0
            • have taken MATH 1071Q or 1131Q or 1151Q or a similar calculus course; STAT 1000Q or 1100Q or similar statistics courses; ARE 3333

              When should you apply? 

              To be considered for the program, please express interest by submitting the required materials below to no later than December 31st of your junior year:

              • unofficial transcript
              • personal statement
              • a letter of recommendation from your academic advisor

              The sooner you let us know you're interested, the more we can help you navigate through the process.  Please let your faculty advisor know about your intention ASAP as this will affect the sequence of courses recommended for your sophomore year.

              You must officially apply to our Master’s program in your senior year via the standard UConn Graduate School application process. Make sure to choose the ‘Accelerated or 4+1’ program as the Enrollment Cohort to ensure that the application fee and GRE requirement will be waived.