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Accelerated BS/MS in Psychology

The Accelerated BS/MS in Psychology program provides an opportunity for select undergraduate students to complete their undergraduate education and psychology master's curriculum in 5 years. Through this program, potential BS/MS students are identified when first admitted as undergraduate psychology majors. Following a review and streamlined admittance process, up to 5 students can be selected per program year. In the event that vacant spaces exist for students in any given program year, students may also be selected from undergraduate psychology majors in good standing who apply for the program in their junior year of undergraduate study.

The Accelerated BS/MS in Psychology program allows students to begin taking graduate-level courses in their fourth year 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 senior 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. Students in the program cannot be enrolled in the 5-year, 3 co-op option.

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.

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.

Program Admission requirements

  • 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
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and achieve a minimum score of 302 (Quantitative and Verbal scores).
  • Because of these ongoing criteria, acceptance into the MS program is not guaranteed
  • Before beginning this process, please contact the Graduate Assistant to the BS/MS program at drexelms@drexel.edu.

Program Timeline

Freshman and Sophomore Year

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

  • Maintaining 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 Graduate Program advisor and the Accelerated Degree Program advisor to confirm your interest in the program
  • Begin working in a research lab and/or seek out a faculty mentor to work with for the program

Junior Year

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

  • 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 Graduate Program advisor and the Accelerated Degree Graduate Assistant to confirm your interest and progress in the program
  • In the fall or winter, GREs should be taken to ensure admittance into the program
  • Confirm faculty mentor
  • Complete the Accelerated Degree form found on Drexel's Graduate College website: www.drexel.edu/graduatecollege/academics/accelerated-degree/
  • In the spring, candidates should complete a formal application to the graduate program (including CV, letters of recommendation, and personal statement) via the following link: http://www.drexel.edu/graduatestudies/form.html

Senior Year

  • Contact the Graduate Administrative Coordinator and the Accelerated Degree Graduate Assistant 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 Year

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

Suggested Course Sequence for Accelerated MS Students

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 512- Cognitive Psychology or PSY 520- Psychopathology or other elective course approved by mentor and director.
PSY 610- Data Analysis I

Winter Term
PSY 865- Independent Study
PSY 510- Research Methods I

Spring Term
PSY 865- Independent Study
PSY 511- Research Methods II

Second Year- 27 Credits

Fall Term
PSY 520- Psychopathology or PSY 512- Cognitive Psychology or other elective course approved by mentor
PSY 530- Principles of Neuroscience or PSY 516- Developmental Psychology or other elective course approved by mentor
PSY 898- Master's Thesis Psych I (Section 002)

Winter Term
PSY 514- Learning and Applied Behavior Analysis
PSY 898- Master's Thesis Psych II (Section 002)
PSY 611- Data Analysis II (Section 002)

Spring Term
PSY 898- Master's Thesis Psych III (Section NB2)
PSY 711- Data Analysis III or other elective course approved by mentor
Elective Course approved by mentor

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
  • Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and achieve a minimum score of 302 (Quantitative and Verbal scores).

You must apply during your junior year at Drexel University before the regular graduate admission deadline. In addition to submitting the regular complete graduate application for the Psychology program, you must complete the Accelerated Degree Form found at Drexel's Graduate College website: www.drexel.edu/graduatecollege/academics/accelerated-degree. You must also confirm your faculty mentor. Before beginning this process, please contact the Graduate Assistant to the BS/MS program at drexelms@drexel.edu.

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. In the BS/MS program, you are enrolled in the 4 year, 1 co-op or 4 year, non co-op program as an undergraduate. 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.

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