Religious Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Accelerated MAIS Concentration in Religion, Culture, and Values

Highly qualified undergraduates in select majors may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in religion, culture, and values. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's degree in interdisciplinary studies with a concentration in religion, culture, and values after satisfactory completion of 150 credits, sometimes within five years.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Accelerated Option Requirements (Catalog Year 2016-2017)

While undergraduate students, accelerated master’s students complete two graduate courses (chosen from RELI 630, RELI 631, RELI 632, RELI 633, RELI 635, RELI 636, RELI 642) as indicated on their Accelerated Master’s Program Application with a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course. Once admitted to the accelerated master's pathway, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in all course work. Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, they submit the Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s Transition Form and are admitted to graduate status.

As graduate students, accelerated master’s students have an advanced standing. They must meet all master’s degree requirements except for the two courses (6 credits) they completed as undergraduates. Students must begin their master’s program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree.

Selected Majors:
Religious studies, global affairs, anthropology, sociology, history, art history, philosophy, and conflict analysis and resolution. If the student has not majored in religious studies it is preferred, though not required, that the student have a minor in Religious Studies.

Reserve Graduate Credit

Students may take up to 6 additional graduate credits as reserve graduate credit (chosen from RELI 630, RELI 631, RELI 632, RELI 633, RELI 635, RELI 636, RELI 642). These credits do not apply to the undergraduate degree. To apply these credits to the master’s degree, students should use the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master’s Transition Form.

The ability to take courses, including ones not listed above, for reserve graduate credit is available to all high achieving undergraduates with the permission of the department. Permission is normally granted only to qualified Mason seniors within 15 hours of graduation. See the Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates section of the catalog.

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