Accelerated Master's Degree Programs | College of Education and Social Services | The University of Vermont(title)

Accelerated master’s degrees allow you to save money and complete a graduate degree in less time, meaning quicker entry into a variety of professions, and the potential to start higher on the salary scale.

The College of Education and Social Services (CESS) offers a variety of Accelerated Master's Pathways (AMPs) for undergraduate students at UVM. The AMP allows early admission to graduate studies with up to 6-9 credits double-counted toward both the bachelor's and master’s degrees.

Sandra King, Professor Jen Hurley, and another student smiling before UVM Commencement.

AMP Success Spotlight

"I wanted to become a teacher my whole life, since kindergarten, actually,” says Sandra King '22 G'23, who completed the accelerated master’s pathway in special education after earning her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

Success Spotlight

Application Procedure

Eligibility Criteria
  • UVM undergraduate students with Junior or Senior standing
  • Have an expressed interest in advanced learning and professional preparation in education and social services
  • Currently have or will soon possess sufficient prerequisite coursework specific to the graduate program of interest

Prospective students should consult with the respective graduate program coordinator to determine the prerequisites. Students that do not meet pre-requisites may be given conditional admission to the AMP, but would have to complete these courses in addition to the credits applied to the master's degree.

Application Steps

Step 1

Please email to learn more about the program and what graduate courses may be taken while an undergraduate student. You will need to complete the AMP permission form required by the UVM Graduate College as part of the academic advising process. The form requires signatures from both the AMP program coordinator and the prospective student’s undergraduate advisor. This form must be uploaded to the Application for Graduate Study.

Step 2

Prospective students must apply for admission through the UVM Graduate College. Each graduate program maintains its own application deadline. Apply to your program of interest the semester prior to their intended start time. For example, spring course taking as an AMP student requires completion of all paperwork and securing of acceptances during the preceding fall semester. Prospective AMP students are strongly encouraged to be in contact with Gillian Homsted to discuss application procedures.


Gillian Homsted

Director of Graduate and Non-Degree Enrollment Management (802) 656-1446

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