Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program Policy

Approved by the University Graduate Committee, February 25, 2009
Revised by the University Graduate Committee, October 23, 2013

In the 2014-15 Academic Catalog, the Integrated Bachelor's/Master's Program became the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program.

Northern Arizona University's accelerated bachelor and master’s degree program provides the opportunity for outstanding undergraduates working on completing their bachelors’ degree to simultaneously begin work on a master’s degree. 

Typically, a bachelor's degree requires four years to complete, and a master’s degree requires an additional two years. However, the accelerated degree program allows you the opportunity to complete a graduate program in an accelerated manner. 

International students must meet with an international student advisor in the Center for International Education before applying to an accelerated program.  Federal immigration regulations do not allow for the issuance of a graduate level I-20 prior to the completion of the student's undergraduate degree.

We offer accelerated bachelor and master’s degree programs in the following areas.  Please link to the program pages and contact the department for more information. 

Hosting Dept/School


Undergraduate Degree


Graduate Degree


Business, W.A. Franke College of     BS AccountancyMaster of Business Administration - Accounting Emphasis (MBA)
Sustainable Communities     BA Applied Indigenous StudiesMaster of Arts in Sustainable Communities (MA)
Criminology and
Criminal Justice
BS Criminal JusticeMaster of Applied Criminology (MS)
Earth Sciences and Environmental Sustainability*BS Environmental Science
BS Environmental Studies
BS Geology
BA Environmental Studies
Master of Science in Climate Science Solutions (MS)
Educational Specialties BS Ed Career and Technical EducationMaster of Education in Career and Technical Education (MEd)
Engineering     BSE Civil Engineering
BSE Computer Science
BSE Electrical Engineering
BSE Environmental Engineering
BSE Mechanical Engineering     
Master of Engineering (MEng)

Master of Science in Engineering (MSE)
ForestryBS Forestry Master of Forestry (MF) 
Geography, Planning
and Recreation
BS Geography,
BS Geography (Extended)
BS Parks and Recreation
BS Public Planning,
BS Public 
Planning (Extended)
BS Geographic Science and
Community Planning
Master of Sciences in Applied Geospatial Sciences (MS) 
Psychological Sciences     BA Psychological Sciences Master of Arts in Psychological Sciences (MA) 

*  New for 2016-17 academic year.

Policy and Requirements for Accelerated Bachelor and Master’s Degree Programs 

Please view the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's Program Policy in the Academic Catalog for more information.

For Additional Information, see:

Accelerated Programs description in the NAU Academic Catalog
Student Guide to Accelerated Programs
Advisor Guide to Accelerated Programs