Accelerated Master's Degree

U of L undergraduates can apply for accelerated programs for either a non-thesis Master of Science degree in Biology or a Master of Arts in Teaching.   In both programs, students complete 9 hours of graduate work while undergraduates, and these hours are applied to the graduate degree;  9 hours required for the undergraduate degree are waived.  Students should apply to these programs in their junior year.

Students who may be interested in the "Early Start Program" for the MAT are those interested in pursuing a career in teaching biology in public schools.  They will be certified to teach in Kentucky upon satisfactory completion of the MAT, and can complete both an undergraduate degree in Biology and the MAT graduate degree in five years.  More information about applying to this program is available in the MAT section of our graduate application page.

A variety of students may be interested in pursuing a accelerated Master's Degree in Biology.  This degree is useful for students who are undecided about their career direction in biology, who need a higher-level degree for the type of work they would like to do, or who would like to improve their credentials for applying to medical or dental school or other post-graduate programs.   More information about applying to this program is available in the requirements section of our graduate program application page.