Accelerated Master's Program Initiative

Program Overview

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has created an accelerated pathway for current, high achieving undergraduate students who are interested in transitioning directly into one of our Master's programs.

Eligibility, Process, and Timeline

 

Program Director Contacts

American Studies: Dr. Peter Bayers
Communication: Dr. Audra Nuru
Mathematics: Dr. Stephen Sawin
MFA: Professor Sonya Huber
MPA: Dr. Mark LeClair
 

 

For more information, contact:

Ms. Fran Yadre
College of Arts and Sciences
fyadre@fairfield.edu
(203) 254-4000 x2246

Accelerated M.A. in Communication

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has created an accelerated pathway for current, high achieving undergraduate students who are interested in transitioning directly into one of our Master's programs.

Eligibility

  • Full-time, matriculated students of any CAS major may apply to the MA in Communication Program
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Completion of at least 96 credits prior to the start of fall senior year

Admission Requirements

  • Online application available at fairfield.edu/applynow
  • $60 admission fee (waived for current students)
  • Fairfield University transcript (obtained by the Office of Graduate Admission)
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Copy of resume


Timeline

  • Students apply during their Spring semester of junior year
  • Upon acceptance, students will remain an undergraduate, but are allowed to register for TWO graduate classes during their senior year. One class should be CO 420, which will replace CO 309. Accelerated students are expected to enroll in a Communication elective as needed to assure 10 undergraduate Communication courses are taken to complete major.
    • These classes will be covered through full-time tuition payment
    • These classes cannot count towards fulfillment of the undergraduate degree
    • During the final semester, typically spring, students will need to apply to the program officially to become a matriculated graduate student upon completion of their undergraduate degree. 

 

For more information, contact:

Ms. Fran Yadre
College of Arts and Sciences
fyadre@fairfield.edu
(203) 254-4000 x2246

Accelerated M.F.A. in Creative Writing

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has created an accelerated pathway for current, high achieving undergraduate students who are interested in transitioning directly into one of our Master's programs.

Eligibility

  • Full-time, matriculated students of ANY major and school may apply to the MFA in Creative Writing Program
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Completion of at least 96 credits prior to the start of fall senior year

 

Admission Requirements

  • Online application available at fairfield.edu/applynow
  • $60 admission fee (waived for current students)
  • Fairfield University transcript (obtained by the Office of Graduate Admission)
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Copy of resume
  • Writing sample

 

Timeline

  • Students apply during their Fall semester of senior year for the MFA Program
  • Upon acceptance, students will remain an undergraduate, but are allowed to register for TWO graduate classes during their senior year
    • These classes will be covered through full-time tuition payment (with the exception of the MFA Winter Residency which is an additional tuition charge)
    • These classes cannot count towards fulfillment of the undergraduate degree
    • During the final semester, typically spring, students will need to apply to the program officially to become a matriculated graduate student upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

     

For more information, contact:

Ms. Fran Yadre
College of Arts and Sciences
fyadre@fairfield.edu
(203) 254-4000 x2246

 

Other Admission options:

Learn about our new Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) option, where highly qualified students can receive up to one full semester credit for the work they have already written or published.  Students receiving the PLA can finish the MFA in three semesters instead of four.   

Accelerated M.S. in Mathematics

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has created an accelerated pathway for current, high achieving undergraduate students who are interested in transitioning directly into one of our Master's programs.

Eligibility

  • Mathematics majors may apply with a minimum Major GPA of 3.2
  • Completion of at least 96 credits prior to the start of fall senior year

 

Admission Requirements

  • Online application available at fairfield.edu/applynow
  • $60 admission fee (waived for current students)
  • Fairfield University transcript (obtained by the Office of Graduate Admission)
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Copy of resume
     

Timeline

  • Math undergrad students apply in the Spring of your junior year or either semester of your senior year
  • Upon acceptance, students will remain an undergraduate, but are allowed to register for TWO graduate classes during their senior year
    • These classes will be covered through full-time tuition payment
    • These classes cannot count towards fulfillment of the undergraduate degree
    • During the final semester, typically spring, students will need to apply to the program officially to become a matriculated graduate student upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

     

 

For more information, contact:

Dr. Stephen Sawin, Director of the M.S. in Mathematics
ssawin@fairfield.edu
(203) 254-4000 x2573

Ms. Fran Yadre
College of Arts and Sciences
fyadre@fairfield.edu
(203) 254-4000 x2246

Accelerated Master of Public Administration

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has created an accelerated pathway for current, high achieving undergraduate students who are interested in transitioning directly into one of our Master's programs.

Eligibility

 

Admission Requirements

  • Online application available at fairfield.edu/applynow
  • $60 admission fee (waived for current students)
  • Fairfield University transcript (obtained by the Office of Graduate Admission)
  • A letter of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • Copy of resume

 

Timeline

  • Students apply during their Spring semester of junior year
  • Upon acceptance, students will remain an undergraduate, but are allowed to register for TWO graduate classes during their senior year
    • These classes will be covered through full-time tuition payment
    • These classes cannot count towards fulfillment of the undergraduate degree
    • During the final semester, typically spring, students will need to apply to the program officially to become a matriculated graduate student upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

     

For more information, contact:

Ms. Fran Yadre
College of Arts and Sciences
fyadre@fairfield.edu
(203) 254-4000 x2246

Accelerated M.A. in American Studies

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) has created an accelerated pathway for current, high achieving undergraduate students who are interested in transitioning directly into one of our Master's programs.

Eligibility

  • Full-time, matriculated students of any CAS major may apply to the MA in American Studies Program
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • Completion of at least 96 credits prior to the start of fall senior year

 

Process

  • By April 1st, schedule a meeting with Dr. Peter Bayers, the American Studies Graduate Director to discuss your interest in participating in this program.
  • Meet with Financial Aid to discuss how this impacts your financial aid package
  • Submit hard-copy application to Fran Yadre in the CAS Dean's Office in Canisius 100, which includes:
    • Two letters of recommendation
    • Personal Statement

 

Timeline

  • Students apply during their Spring semester of junior year
  • Upon acceptance, students will remain an undergraduate, but are allowed to register for TWO graduate classes during their senior year
    • These classes will be covered through full-time tuition payment
    • These classes cannot count towards fulfillment of the undergraduate degree
    • During the final semester, typically spring, students will need to apply to the program officially to become a matriculated graduate student upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

     

 

For more information, contact:

Ms. Fran Yadre
College of Arts and Sciences
fyadre@fairfield.edu
(203) 254-4000 x2246

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