Accelerated Learning Opportunities

Accelerated Learning Opportunities

UAB offers several options for high-achieving undergraduates to accelerate the time and cost necessary to complete both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. These include Accelerated Bachelors/Masters Programs (ABM), Fast-Track programs, and Early Acceptance. For more information visit: https://www.uab.edu/graduate/programs/accelerated-learning-opportunities

Accelerated Bachelors/Masters Program

The accelerated bachelors/masters (ABM) program allows undergraduate students to share credits toward both an undergraduate and graduate degree. Through ABM, an undergraduate student can take courses that count simultaneously toward their undergraduate and graduate programs. Once admitted, an ABM student can take up to 12 hours of approved 500/600-level graduate courses that will count towards both the undergraduate and graduate degree. This can significantly shorten the time it takes to earn a master’s degree. 

Requirements

Students may start the ABM program once they have earned 60 or more undergraduate hours, at least 36 of which must be earned at UAB. ABM differs from traditional Fast-Track programs in that, at the time of application, eligible students must have a UAB undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.5 (or higher if required by their program). Programs may require a higher GPA for admission and/or not permit the full 12 hours to be shared between programs.

Permission to take graduate courses will be granted by the Graduate School if the student has met the criteria above as well as other minimum requirements for graduate admission. Upon admission to the Graduate School, an ABM student will begin a program of study leading to the master’s degree, as approved by his or her department and by the Graduate School. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all graduate and undergraduate coursework. Programs may set higher requirements or require specific grades in individual courses.

In addition to any graduate-level coursework taken in a given term, undergraduate students enrolled in an Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s program must enroll in a minimum of 6 undergraduate hours. ABM hours approved as shared credit count toward this minimum. Students enrolled in a summer term OR in the final semester of their undergraduate program who have less than 6 hours remaining are exempted from this requirement. Other exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Graduate School.”

How to Apply

Students who meet the above requirements are eligible to apply to an ABM program after completing the following steps:

  • Meet with Undergraduate Advisor and the relevant Graduate Program Director(s) to discuss program requirements.
  • Complete the ABM program Application Form (including all approvals) and return it to the Graduate School.
  • Submit departmental application materials (as required by program).

Fast Track Programs

Fast Track programs allow students to apply to master’s degree program before finishing their undergraduate degree. Beginning graduate coursework while enrolled as an undergraduate allows students to pay undergraduate tuition rates and accelerate the time needed to complete their master’s degree. While hours cannot be shared between the two programs, certain masters programs allow students to waive equivalent course content covered while enrolled in their undergraduate degree.

Requirements

Requirements vary by program, but typically require at least 60 undergraduate hours and a 3.0 GPA to enroll in master’s courses.

Additionally, individual programs may specify required prerequisite courses, only be available to certain undergraduate majors, or require the completion of the bachelor’s degree prior to admission.

In addition to any graduate-level coursework taken in a given term, undergraduate students enrolled in a Fast-Track program must enroll in a minimum of 6 undergraduate hours. Students enrolled in a summer term OR in the final semester of their undergraduate program who have less than 6 hours remaining are exempted from this requirement. Other exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Graduate School.

Early Acceptance to Graduate School

Early Acceptance Programs are designed for academically superior high-school students. Early Acceptance Programs allow high achieving students to be conditionally admitted into a graduate program at the same time they are admitted to an undergraduate program.

Requirements

Eligible students will be notified at the time of matriculation. In order to maintain eligibility for the Early Acceptance program, students must maintain a 3.5 UAB undergraduate GPA, meet all relevant pre-requisites of the program they wish to pursue, and maintain continuous enrollment while at UAB.