Accelerated Bachelors/Master's Program

The Accelerated Bachelors/Master's (ABM) degree program allows exceptional undergraduate students at NC State an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the Bachelor's and Master's degrees at an accelerated pace. These undergraduate students may double count up to 12 credits and obtain a non-thesis Master's degree in the same field within 12 months of completing the Bachelor's degree or obtain a thesis-based Master's degree in the same field within 18 months of completing the Bachelor's degree.

This degree program also provides an opportunity for the Directors of Graduate Programs (DGPs) at NC State to recruit rising juniors in their major to their graduate programs. However, permission to pursue an ABM degree program does not guarantee an admission to the Graduate School. Admission is contingent on meeting eligibility requirements at the time of entering the graduate program.

Procedures to Establish ABM Program

  1. The same department or program that awards the Bachelor's degree must sponsor the Master's degree. This does not preclude Master's degrees in interdisciplinary graduate programs in which the sponsoring department participates, or acceptance of the student into a closely related field if the department granting the graduate degree recommends admission to the Graduate School.
  2. Students must have completed a minimum of seventy-five (75) and a maximum of ninety-six (96) credit hours in their undergraduate programs, including credits earned from advanced placement.
  3. Transfer students must have completed a minimum of two semesters as a full-time student at NC State, a minimum of 24 hours.
  4. Students must have a minimum accumulated grade point average (GPA) of 3.50/4.00 at NC State.
  5. Individual departments may impose stricter admission requirements.
  6. Refer to the Administrative Handbook Section 3.12 for details on student requirements once admitted to an ABM Program.

Approval Process

Approval must be obtained on both the undergraduate and graduate levels to establish a new Accelerated Bachelors/Master’s Degree Program. The development and approval process is as follows:

  1. Departments/faculty should work with the appropriate College(s), The Graduate School, and Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs during the early planning process.
  2. Department Head(s) endorse the proposal and submits to the College Dean(s).
  3. College Undergraduate and Graduate Committee(s) recommend.
  4. College Dean(s) endorse and submit to the Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs and the Graduate School an electronic file and one signed hard copy. 
  5. The Administrative Board of the Graduate School recommends (meets every two weeks during the academic year; presented at 1st meeting and voted on at 2nd). 
  6. Graduate Operations Council is informed (meets 1st Wednesday of each month). 
  7. Dean of the Graduate School approves and submits to Provost for notification of Vice Provosts and Deans Council.

Program Revisions

As with all graduate programs, curriculum changes should be handled through the appropriate college committees, the Administrative Board of the Graduate School, and the Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs.

All ABM Programs will be subject to review as part of the regular graduate program review cycle. If at that time (or at any time the offering department/program determines appropriate), it is deemed the ABM should be terminated, an official request, including phase-out plans, should be submitted to the Administrative Board of the Graduate School, and the Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs.