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Earn a Master's Degree identical to our standard two-year MA on an accelerated timeline by beginning the work before graduating from UVM. Normally a BA plus MA takes six years, so an accelerated degree saves you both time and tuition dollars! Contact Professor Helen Scott(email link) for more information.

How does it work?

  • Accelerated Master’s Degree (AMP) programs are designed to allow current UVM undergraduate students to earn both bachelor’s and master’s degrees within a total of 5 years.
  • Accepted AMP students in the department of English begin work toward their M.A. during their senior year while completing the B.A.
  • Up to 9 credits may be taken in the senior year that count toward both the B.A. and the M.A.
  • 3 credits toward the MA are then taken in the summer after graduation.
  • Remaining MA credits (9 per semester) are completed in year 5.

Who can apply?

Current Juniors

When are applications due?

Students must apply in their junior year to begin the AMP in the first semester of their senior year. There are two available deadlines:

February 1stfor AMP students beginning the program the following fall semester

October 1st          

for AMP students beginning the program the following spring semester


Application Requirements

  •     minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00
  •     Graduate College Application
  •     three letters of recommendation from UVM faculty members
  •     a writing sample


  • Please note that for Accelerated Masters Program applicants GRE scores are not required.

Need more information?

Contact Professor Helen Scott, the director of the graduate program, at

Follow the links below to the University catalogue for a printable version of degree requirements.


MA Catalogue

AMP Catalogue