Accelerated Master's Degree Option

Why choose an accelerated option?

It shortens the time to earn your master's degree. Earn graduate credit as you complete your bachelor's degree.

How it works

Up to 12 hours of credit will count toward both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

If you meet admission requirements, you’ll start your graduate studies in geography and geology during your senior year.

You can then finish your bachelor's degree and complete your master's degree in three semesters and one summer.

Save time and money.

Eligible students

If you major in one of the following programs, you can pursue the accelerated option:

  • Community and regional planning
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geospatial Sciences

Accelerated Master's Degree option

Eligible Missouri State University undergraduate majors in Geography, Geospatial Sciences, Geology, and Planning may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Geography and Geology program after admission requirements for the accelerated masters option have been satisfied. If accepted, a maximum of 12 credit hours from approved graduate-level courses may be counted toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees (Mixed Credit). This option allows students with advanced course work in Geography, Geospatial Sciences, Geology, or Planning to complete a masters degree in three full semesters and one summer semester.   Students can choose from GEO 651, GEO 666, GEO 668, GLG 690, GLG 672, GLG 673, GLG 680.  Contact the Department of Geography, Geology and Planning for further information and guidelines.

Admission Requirements for Accelerated Master's option
  1. Junior standing, majoring in Geography, Geospatial Sciences, Geology or Planning with an overall GPA of 3.25.
  2. Majors in Geology must have completed GLG 333 and have a GPA of 3.25 in all Geology courses.  Majors in Geography and Geospatial Sciences must have completed GEO 561 and have a GPA of 3.25 in all geography and geospatial sciences courses.
  3. Acceptance of applicant by a graduate faculty member who agrees to serve as the student's graduate research advisor.