Accelerated M.A. Program

Current students of Georgetown College and the School of Foreign Service (SFS) may be eligible to apply for the Accelerated M.A. Program. The Accelerated Program allows undergraduates to double-count six academic credits towards both their Bachelor’s and CCT degrees, with the possibility to count additional credits solely towards the CCT degree. In this way, students are able to get a head start on their CCT coursework. Upon graduating with their Bachelor’s, they immediately proceed to fulfil the remaining requirements for the Master’s. As such, these students are able to finish the CCT program in a much shorter amount of time.

Degree Requirements

Students in the Accelerated Program must complete the 120 credits and 38 courses (Georgetown College students) or 40 courses (SFS students) required for their Bachelor’s degree programs, as well as the 39 credits required for the CCT Master’s program, without a break in between. When they are in the final semesters of their undergraduate program, these students would take CCT courses which would count towards both their undergraduate and CCT degrees. They may also take others that would count solely to the CCT degree.

Courses double-counted towards both the undergraduate and CCT degrees

During the junior or senior years, with advisement from the undergraduate academic dean and the CCT Program, the undergraduate student takes up to two 3-credit CCT courses to be double-counted toward both the Bachelor’s and the CCT Master's degrees. The courses may be CCT elective courses, core courses (CCTP-505, CCTP-506), research methods courses, or graduate-level courses offered by other departments or programs that CCT has approved in advance. These courses can only be taken within the junior or senior year, and will be included in the earned hours and GPAs of both the undergraduate record and the graduate record. These double-counted courses will not be marked on the undergraduate record as having any special status in the undergraduate degree.

Additional courses solely for the CCT degree

Once the student has already earned the credits required for the Bachelor’s degree program, he/she may enroll in additional courses that apply solely to the CCT Master’s degree. The courses may be CCT elective courses, core courses (CCTP-505, CCTP-506), or research methods courses, or graduate-level courses offered by other departments or programs, which CCT has approved in advance. These courses can only be taken within the junior or senior year. They will be excluded from the earned hours and GPA of the undergraduate record (where they will be marked with an asterisk), and will be included only in the earned hours and GPA of the graduate record.

Upon graduation from the Bachelor’s program, the student immediately joins CCT and proceeds to fulfil the remaining M.A. requirements. Accelerated M.A. students would attend Orientation together with the incoming class of CCTers.

Who Should Apply

Undergraduates who wish to apply for the Accelerated Master's Program in CCT must be current candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Georgetown College; or for the Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service degree in the School of Foreign Service. They must have at least a 3.5 overall GPA and apply by the spring semester of their junior year or the fall semester of their senior year. Before applying, candidates must consult with their undergraduate Deans and Sarah Twose, the CCT Director of Academic Programs.

How to Apply

To apply for the Accelerated Program, candidates should follow the instructions in How to Apply. They are however, exempted from providing GRE and TOEFL/IELTS test scores.

Applicants may choose to enter in either the Spring or Fall semesters. They may also apply for CCT scholarships and fellowships, following the same directions as other applicants. For additional application tips, see Tips & Timelines.

 

For questions about degree requirements, contact Sarah Twose, CCT’s Director of Academic Programs.

For questions about the application process, contact Ai-Hui Tan, CCT’s Director of Admissions and Communications.