The University of Alabama’s Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) can help you meet your goal of earning a graduate degree while saving time and cutting costs.

Through the AMP, you take courses that count simultaneously toward your undergraduate and graduate programs. Once admitted, you can be approved to take up to 15 hours of graduate courses that will count towards both your bachelor’s and graduate degrees. This can shorten the time it takes to earn your master’s or doctoral degree by up to one year. Upon completion, you enter the job market with increased earnings potential and set yourself apart as a candidate with high-level critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

It is advised that as a prospective AMP student, you meet with the Graduate Program Director for your prospective AMP at the beginning of your junior year. Programs may have specific coursework requirements and graduate class prerequisites for which you must be prepared.

You may start the AMP once you have earned 90 or more undergraduate hours. Typically, this would mean that you will apply to the Graduate School in the final semester of your junior year.

At the time of application, you must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of no less than 3.3 in all courses. Many programs require a higher GPA for admission and/or do not permit the full 15 hours to dual-count (see table). To be considered for admission to the AMP you must also meet the requirements for regular admission to the Graduate School and any additional departmental requirements as listed in the Graduate Catalog. Many programs waive the admission test score requirement for AMP applicants (please see the AMP section of the Graduate Catalog for details). If an admission test score is required, AMP applicants must meet the program admission test score requirement in order to be considered for admission. Upon admission to the Graduate School, you will begin a program of study leading to a master’s or doctoral degree, as approved by your department and by the dean of the Graduate School.

Eligible students may now request a 1- to 2-semester extension to their 8-semester scholarships, in recognition of their academic success and AMP potential. You may apply during your 8th semester, if you:

  • Are an in-state student, as defined by the Office of the Registrar
  • Have been admitted to an AMP program
  • Have earned at least 104 undergraduate credit hours
  • Are currently taking at least one graduate level course
  • Either have one or no remaining semesters of undergraduate merit scholarship
  • Have maintained your scholarship’s academic stewardship requirements
  • Are currently awarded an automatic merit scholarship, UA Competitive Admissions Scholarship, or an approved program-based scholarship.
    • Academic Elite, Presidential Elite, National Merit, and National Recognition Scholarship Recipients may only request an extension of their tuition scholarship. Supplemental scholarships, book scholarship, housing scholarship, and all other scholarships cannot be extended.

Interested students need to complete the AMP Scholarship Extension Request Form on the Admissions/Scholarships tab in myBama during their 8th semester at UA. All requests for scholarship extensions will be reviewed by the scholarship committee. Continuous full-time enrollment is required in order to take advantage of this scholarship extension. Please contact Undergraduate Scholarships at 205-348-8201 or for program-based eligibility information.