Accelerated Master's Programs

In today’s competitive workforce, a graduate degree can make you stand out and help you advance in your career. Check out our programs and earn both your bachelor's and a graduate degree in as little as five years!

Accelerated Master of Public Administration

Earn your Master's in Public Administration in just one year! 

The Accelerated Master of Public Administration will enable academically talented University of Arizona undergraduates to complete their Bachelor's degree (in Criminal Justice Studies, Political Science, or Public Management & Policy) and the Master of Public Administration (MPA) in as little as five years of study beginning with their freshman year as an undergraduate. This program is intended for students interested in enhancing their qualifications for admission to other graduate programs (such as Ph.D. programs or J.D. programs at law schools) and for students interested in an accelerated master's program. 

  • You will need to have a minimum 3.3 GPA after completion of 90 undergraduate units.
  • You can apply for the program your junior year.
  • If accepted, you'll take 12 graduate credits your senior year.
  • You will complete the remaining 30 MPA units during your fifth year, including an internship during the summer. 

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Accelerated Master of Public Policy

Earn your Master's in Public Policy in just one year! 

The Accelerated Master of Public Policy will enable academically talented University of Arizona undergraduates to complete their Bachelor's degree (in Criminal Justice Studies, Political Science, or Public Management & Policy) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) in as little as five years of study beginning with their freshman year as an undergraduate. This program is intended for students interested in enhancing their qualifications for admission to other graduate programs (such as Ph.D. programs or J.D. programs at law schools) and for students interested in an accelerated masters program.

  • You will need to have a minimum 3.3 GPA after completion of 90 undergraduate units.
  • You can apply for the program your junior year.
  • If accepted, you'll take 12 graduate credits your senior year.
  • You will complete the remaining 30 MPP units during your fifth year, including an internship during the summer. 

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Accelerated Master of Legal Studies (B.A. Law Students)

Earn your Master of Legal Studies in just one additional semester! 

Qualified B.A. Law majors also have the opportunity to pursue an accelerated track to a Master of Legal Studies (MLS) through the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. The MLS is a one-year master’s degree for non-lawyers. After taking 12 units of foundational law courses at the graduate level (which count towards both the B.A. in Law and the MLS). 

  • You will need to have a minimum 3.3 GPA after completion of 90 undergraduate units.
  • You can apply for the program your junior year.
  • If accepted, you'll take 12 graduate credits your senior year.
  • You will complete the remaining 18 units in your fifth year.

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3+3 Program – B.A. in Law & Juris Doctor

The 3+3 Bachelor of Arts/Juris Doctor program enables qualified University of Arizona undergraduates to complete their B.A. in Law and J.D. in as few as six years of study. If accepted, 3+3 students begin law school following their junior year and earn 27 upper division law credits that will count towards both their Law B.A. and J.D. degrees. Students admitted to law school through the 3+3 program spend their fifth and sixth years completing the remaining units required for the J.D. at the College of Law.

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