Accelerated B.A./M.A. in Global Health

The accelerated B.A./M.A. in global health is an accelerated degree program that allows the most talented global health undergraduates to acquire advanced skills in global health.

Students must apply to this program their junior year – admission is competitive. Students work closely with faculty and student peers, gaining supervised practical experience in the application of core skills to the solution of basic global health problems.

This degree is designed to meet the educational needs of professionals seeking careers in global health and can be considered both a terminal degree program for those students planning to enter the workforce at the end of the M.A., or a gateway to doctoral studies. This is one of the fastest-growing areas of study nationally, and by participating in the accelerated degree program, students can earn both degrees in 5 years of full-time study.

Students accepted into the accelerated B.A./M.A. program apply 3 credits of 400-level coursework from the B.A. to the M.A., and 6 credits of 500-level coursework from the M.A. to the B.A. This "saves" 9 credit hours of work for the degrees combined.

To be eligible for admission to the accelerated program, a student must:

  • be a declared global health major at the time of application;
  • have accumulated 75 hours toward the B.A. at the time of application and be on track to have completed 90 hours by fall of the senior year;
  • have a 3.5 GPA in all global health major coursework and an overall 3.5 GPA:
  • have completed at least 12 credits of upper-division (300- and/or 400-level) courses in the global health major with an A- or better grade (at least 6 credits of those must be core required courses) by the time the application is due in December;
  • have completed the required study abroad program; and
  • complete the B.A. requirements as a May graduate.

Students who do not meet these criteria are still eligible to apply to the M.A. in global health and should plan to do so the fall of their senior year.

For those accepted into the accelerated program, below is a general timeline to complete the required coursework. For a more detail description of the required curriculum, go to our global health degree requirements page and our FAQs.


B.A. Sequence

Students who are accepted into the accelerated program must complete the 3 credits of 400-level coursework and the 6 credits of 500-level coursework after acceptance into the accelerated program and after completion of 90 credit hours of coursework.

Fall – Senior Year:

  • Complete 3 credits of 500-level coursework
  • Complete one 400-level global health course (3 credits)

Spring – Senior Year:

  • Complete 3 credits of 500-level coursework
  • Complete one 400-level global health course (3 credits) (if not completed in fall semester)
  • Apply for B.A. spring graduation deadline/graduate in May

M.A. Sequence

Students who are accepted into the accelerated B.A./M.A. program must complete 21 credit hours of 500-level coursework after graduating from the B.A. in global health. In order to graduate in 1 year, students should follow this timeline once officially starting the master's program:

Fall (9 hours):

  • 6 credits of required core courses (ASB 500 and ASB/SSH 510)
  • 3 credits of electives/practicum (must be 500 level)

Spring (6–12 hours):

  • 6 credits of required core courses (ASB/SSH 503 and AML 613 or SSH 591)
  • Optional: 6 credits of applied project

Graduate in May if 21 hours of approved coursework beyond the bachelor's degree, including 6 hours of applied project, are completed.

Summer (optional if applied project is not completed by spring):

  • 6 credits of applied project (if not completed in previous semester)

Graduate in August if 21 hours of approved coursework beyond the bachelor's degree, including 6 hours of applied project, are completed.


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