Getting a head start on graduate school
The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) is for motivated undergraduates in participating programs, who are keen on obtaining graduate credits and wish to enroll in a graduate master’s program while finishing their undergraduate degree. You save time and costs by completing your master’s degree after just one year of completing your bachelor’s degree.
There are several advantages to obtaining a master’s degree in the fields of science and mathematics. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), some of the career paths that benefit most from a graduate degree include those in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields. According to data compiled by BLS, mathematicians, statisticians and workers in other math-related occupations had a 33% higher wage with a master’s degree. Overall, median wages were also higher for biological scientists, chemists and environmental scientists with a graduate degree.
How does it work?
Students apply to the program in their junior year and take graduate level classes (up to 12 credits) in their senior year. These credits are applied to both the undergraduate and graduate programs, enabling a seamless transition to graduate school and, with careful planning, completion of the master’s program within four terms of completing their undergraduate degree.
Outstanding undergraduate OSU students who have completed 105 of their required 180 credits (or more for some undergraduate programs) toward their degree with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better are eligible to apply to an OSU Accelerated Master's Platform during the winter term of their junior year.
Guidance and support as you transition to graduate school
Students in the third year of their undergraduate degree can meet with an AMP advisor, who will help them identify a graduate faculty major professor and/or future thesis advisor to create a plan of study and potential graduate research project.