4 plus 1

The Accelerated Degree Program (bachelor’s to master’s) offers significant benefits in obtaining a graduate degree on an accelerated track.

The unique relationship between Claremont Graduate University and the five Claremont Colleges* allows students to earn graduate-level credit during their senior undergraduate year. The accelerated program is designed to allow undergraduate students to begin work toward the master’s requirements simultaneously with the completion of their undergraduate degrees.

Up to 16 units of transferable credit can be earned upon admission to one of our master’s degree programs (listed below). Students should apply to the accelerated program as early as possible, usually in their junior year. This allows coordination in course planning between the student, the CGU school or department, and the undergraduate advisor.

Regardless of your career path, a graduate degree can open many doors and enhance professional options.

  • Earn an MA, MS, MPH, or a California Preliminary Teaching Credential on an accelerated timeline
  • Save as much as a semester’s worth of tuition—and a year of study
  • Maintain continuity with faculty and research facilities
  • Avoid the requirement to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)**
  • Gain a competitive edge in the marketplace and increase your earning potential
  • Get financial aid/fellowship for graduate study at CGU (upon eligibility)

*The accelerated degree program option is only available to undergraduate students at Pomona, Scripps, Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, and Pitzer.

**Drucker MBA requires GRE or GMAT scores, but Claremont Colleges students may waive the work experience requirement.

Accelerated Degree Programs