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Accelerated BS/MS in Psychology

The Accelerated BS/MS in Psychology program provides an opportunity for select undergraduate psychology majors to complete their undergraduate education and psychology master's curriculum in 5 years. Acceptance into the program generally occurs at two times.

  1. Potential BS/MS students are either identified when first admitted as undergraduate psychology majors
  2. Current psychology majors in good standing may apply for the program in their 3rd year of undergraduate study

The Accelerated BS/MS in Psychology program allows students to begin taking graduate-level courses in their fourth year of undergraduate study with planned entry into graduate school upon completion of their BS degree at the end of the fourth year. Because students have received a head start by completing a structured curriculum in their fourth year, their graduate coursework for the MS degree can be completed in one year after the bachelor's degree. The BS/MS curriculum is designed to fit the 4-year, 1 co-op option or the 4-year, no co-op option. (Some exceptions may apply. If you have questions about this, please reach out to Tara McNair, tym22@drexel.edu, undergraduate adviser, to discuss your situation.)

During the course of their undergraduate study, students will need to seek out a faculty member to serve as their mentor and program adviser, with whom they wish to continue working during their graduate training and completion of their graduate thesis.

Students may apply after completing between 90-120 hours at Drexel University and before the deadline for admission to the MS program (February 15th of their 3rd year), but are encouraged to reach out to the undergraduate adviser Tara McNair, tym22@drexel.edu, as soon as possible.

If you have an interest in psychology but are not a psychology major, we still encourage you to pursue other graduate programs, such as the two-year MS program in psychology.

Admission requirements for Entering Freshmen

  • Combined SAT score of 1350 (Quantitative and Verbal scores only)
  • High school GPA of at least 3.5
  • Top 10% of graduating class

If these admission requirements are met, an additional application essay will be requested via email.

Admission Requirements & Procedures for 1st & 2nd Year Matriculated Psychology Students

Admission Requirements:

  • Completion of 90-120 hours at Drexel University
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher with no grade lower than a "C" in any class
  • Enrollment in a 4-year 1 co-op or 4-year no co-op (some exceptions may apply)
  • Completion of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a minimum score of 302 (Quantitative and Verbal scores)
  • Identification of & commitment from psychology faculty mentor to advise your MS research

Because of these ongoing criteria, acceptance into the MS program is not guaranteed. All application materials are due by February 15th of the applicant's third year.

Procedures:

  • Before beginning the application process, complete the pre-application checklist and meet with undergraduate adviser Tara McNair, tym22@drexel.edu
  • Contact the graduate assistant to the BS/MS program at drexelms@drexel.edu to express your interest in the program
  • Once these procedures are completed, an application form will be shared with you

A complete application package will include the following by Feb. 15th:

  1. Application form
  2. A copy of your unofficial transcript emailed to psych_bsms_app@drexel.edu
  3. 2 letters of recommendation
  4. 1 brief letter from faculty mentor reiterating willingness to serve as a mentor emailed directly to psych_bsms_app@drexel.edu
  5. Official GRE scores mailed to Drexel [code: 2194 for ETS]

Program Timeline

1st and 2nd Year at Drexel

During this time, students currently enrolled and interested in the program should:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than a "C"
  • Confirm enrollment in a 4-year co-op or a 4-year non co-op program
  • Contact the Accelerated Degree Program Adviser Tara McNair, tym22@drexel.edu, to indicate your interest in the program
  • Begin working in a research lab and/or seek out a faculty mentor to work with for the program, review the list of faculty member research interests.

3rd Year at Drexel

Before beginning the application process in the fall term:

  • Complete the pre-application checklist and meet with undergraduate adviser Tara McNair, tym22@drexel.edu
  • Contact the graduate assistant to the BS/MS program at drexelms@drexel.edu to express your interest in the program

During this time, students currently enrolled and interested in the program should:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 with no grade lower than a "C"
  • Confirm enrollment in a 4-year co-op or a 4-year non-co-op program (Again, some exceptions may apply. Please contact Tara McNair, tym22@drexel.edu, to discuss)
  • Take GREs in the fall or early in the winter term to ensure admittance into the program
  • Confirm faculty mentor
  • Complete the Accelerated Degree form found on Drexel's Graduate College website
  • In the winter term, candidates should complete a formal application (including CV, letters of recommendation, and personal statement)
  • Once you have confirmed eligibility for the program with Tara McNair and have completed the pre-application checklist, an application will be shared with you

If admitted into the program, follow this timeline:

4th Year at Drexel

  • Contact the Graduate Administrative Coordinator Damaris Oquendo, do42@drexel.edu, and the Accelerated Degree Program Adviser Tara McNair, tym22@drexel.edu, to schedule your graduate courses before each term
  • Complete all undergraduate psychology major requirements by the end of spring term
  • Begin researching your thesis topic
  • Continue research with faculty mentor

Graduate (5th) Year at Drexel

  • Register for courses according to the suggested course sequence
  • Continue research with faculty mentor
  • Complete and defend thesis in time for June graduation

Suggested Course Sequence for Accelerated MS Students

Once students are enrolled in the program, the following is the suggested course sequence.

The following course sequence for the last two years of the program is provided to aid the Accelerated MS student in curriculum planning. Although substitutions or changes in the sequence can be made (with the approval of the faculty mentor, program director and relevant course instructor), the following sequence is designed to provide core courses at the optimal point in the student's educational process, while encouraging individualized course of study. Upon entry into the program, it will be important to meet with the program director to decide if this outlined sequence of courses is fine-tuned to your interests and schedule.

First Year (4th undergraduate year)- 18 Credits

Please note that these courses should be taken in addition to any courses needed to complete BS requirement

Fall Term
PSY 610- Data Analysis I
PSY 865- Independent Study

Winter Term
PSY 510- Research Methods I
PSY 710- Data Analysis II (Section 002)

Spring Term
PSY 511- Research Methods II
PSY 711- Data Analysis III or other elective course approved by mentor and director

Second Year in the Program (Fifth year at Drexel)- 27 Credits

Fall Term
PSY 512- Cognitive Psychology or PSY 520- Psychopathology or an alternative elective course approved by both the student's mentor and director
PSY 898- Master's Thesis (Section 002)
Elective course approved by mentor and director

Winter Term
PSY 898- Master's Thesis (Section 002)
PSY 624- Behavior Analysis
Elective course approved by mentor and director

Spring Term
PSY 898- Master's Thesis (Section NB2)
Elective course approved by mentor and director
Elective course approved by mentor and director

Required Courses (Total: 45 credits)

PSY 510 Research Methods I
PSY 511 Research Methods II
PSY 512 Cognitive Psychology
PSY 610 Data Analysis I
PSY 624 Behavior Analysis
PSY 710 Data Analysis II
PSY 898 Master's Thesis in Psychology
PSY 898 Master's Thesis in Psychology
PSY 898 Master's Thesis in Psychology
Additional Electives: 18 credits

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still apply to the BS/MS program once I'm already enrolled in Drexel?

Yes. There are several criteria that you need to meet before applying to the program:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher with no grade lower than a "C" in any class
  • Currently enrolled in a 4-year 1 co-op or 4-year no co-op. (Some exceptions may apply. If you have questions about this, please reach out Tara McNair (tym22@drexel.edu), undergraduate adviser, to discuss your situation.)
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and achieve a minimum score of 302 (Quantitative and Verbal scores)

You must apply during your third year at Drexel University before the regular graduate admission deadline (February 15th).

Can I still continue to take undergraduate courses during the 5th and final year of the BS/MS program?

No, you will not be able to take undergraduate courses during the final year. You officially graduate from that program at the end of the spring term of your 4th year.

How will the BS/MS program affect my financial aid?

Your first four years of the program will be financed through undergraduate means (e.g. A.J Drexel scholarship, Pell Grant). During the 5th and final year, you will pay graduate tuition, which is a by-credit based system.

How do I find research supervision?

Please consult the list of faculty members (drexel.edu/coas/academics/departments-centers/psychology/faculty/). You may also find more information on their individual lab websites.

If I want to be a therapist, is this the program for me?

This program is designed for students who wish to pursue advanced education in scientific psychology (i.e., obtain a PhD) or work in a job setting in which a terminal, research MS in psychology is desired. No clinical training is offered. So this is not the appropriate program if you would like to become a practicing therapist with a master's degree only.

Are there opportunities for teaching within the program?

There are opportunities to serve as a teaching assistant (TA) for lectures, or a course design assistant (CDA) for online classes.

Download the Accelerated BS/MS in Psychology Handbook (PDF)