Accelerated Master's

Accel Masters

Jump start your graduate education

The anthropology program at Missouri State offers outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to begin earning credit toward the Master of Science in Applied Anthropology degree while completing their bachelor’s degree. Through the accelerated master’s option, you can take up to six hours of graduate credit during your senior year that can be applied to the requirements of both degrees.

By jump starting your graduate education, you earn your master’s degree in less than two years. Advanced education in applied anthropology prepares you for a variety of careers in cultural resource management and social research.

Admission requirements

To be eligible for admission into the accelerated master’s option, you must:

  • Be a declared anthropology major at Missouri State
  • Hold senior standing with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better
  • Have completed at least 21 hours in anthropology course work, including ANT 226 and ANT 240, with a 3.5 GPA or better in the major

Application process

If you meet the requirements listed above, you may be eligible for the accelerated master’s program. Initiate the process for admission to the accelerated option by submitting an application to the Graduate College, which is available online.

In addition to the Graduate College application, the anthropology program requires submission of the following supplemental materials:

  • Three letters of recommendation concerning academic and professional promise from faculty members familiar with your performance
  • A résumé of no more than two pages highlighting relevant experience
  • A statement of purpose of 300-500 words outlining your qualifications and reasons for pursuing a master’s degree
  • At least one writing sample

Formal acceptance to the accelerated option is granted by the graduate faculty in anthropology.

Course scheduling accommodations

Before enrolling in a course for both undergraduate and graduate credit, you must be admitted into the option and receive approval from the graduate program director, department head and dean of the Graduate College by completing a mixed credit form. Please note that mixed credit registration must be completed in person at the office of the registrar, Carrington 320, prior to the end of the change of schedule period for the course.