Agnes Accelerated

At Agnes Scott, we're constantly in awe of what our students can do. And we want to make sure we're offering ample opportunities to support and advance their achievements.

Fast-track your future with our Agnes Accelerated 4+1 Program, a bachelor’s-to-master’s bridge year program designed to save you both time and money, created specifically for motivated, purpose-driven, bold students just like you.

Through the 4+1 program, you’ll be able to seamlessly blend the established academic excellence of our undergraduate SUMMIT experience with our forward-thinking graduate studies opportunities, effectively earning both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just five years.

Accelerated 4+1 Masters Degree Programs

Scotties in with 76 credit hours can apply to participate in any of our innovative master's programs:

  • By beginning your graduate studies in your senior year at Agnes Scott, you’ll be able to earn
  • You’ll integrate cutting-edge graduate coursework into your final undergraduate year, enhancing your experience.
  • By earning your master’s degree in just one extra year, you’ll have the chance to jump-start your professional career as a leader and innovator.

Scotties in their first and second year of study can use that time to explore their options. The application process to participate in the Agnes Accelerated 4+1 Program typically begins for Scotties who are in their junior year. Once you have completed 76-hours of your undergraduate coursework, just follow these steps:

  1. Submit a completed Agnes Accelerated Application (typically the second semester of your junior year, but no later than the first semester of your senior year). See the Application Process tab below for full application requirements and deadlines, and contact us at to apply.
  2. Once approved, the assistant director of graduate programs registers you in approved core classes associated with the graduate program in your 4+1 Application. Participating Agnes Accelerated students may take up to six credit hours of approved graduate-level coursework during their final two semesters of undergraduate coursework (excluding summer).
  3. These six credit hours of graduate coursework will count as electives toward your bachelor’s degree, and the grades will be included in the calculations for your undergraduate GPA as long as you apply to the associated master’s program during your final undergraduate semester.

  4. Until your bachelor’s degree is conferred, you remain a bachelor’s degree-seeking student for purposes of federal and state financial aid, as well as any aid awarded to you as part of your undergraduate admission.

  5. During your final fall or spring semester as an undergraduate student (whichever is your last), you need to submit a completed graduate admission application to become a full master’s degree-seeking student after your bachelor’s degree conferral.

    • The process is simplified for Agnes Accelerated participants: you just need to complete a new application. You may elect to use the same materials originally submitted for Agnes Accelerated or you may update your materials within the Graduate Admission Application.
    • You are guaranteed admission into the master’s program associated with your 4+1 application provided you are in good standing and have earned a 'B' or higher in each graduate class. If you have not met these criteria, admission into the master’s degree program is not guaranteed, and will be considered on an individual basis.
  6. Once you earn your bachelor’s degree and receive admission to and enroll in a master’s degree program at Agnes Scott, the graduate credit hours you earned through Agnes Accelerated for which a grade of B or higher was earned will count toward your master’s degree requirements.

  • Agnes Scott bachelor’s degree-seeking students who have earned a minimum of 76 credit hours may apply (typically in the spring of the junior year).

  • Students from any undergraduate major are eligible.
  • To be eligible for the program, you must be in good standing with Agnes Scott College and have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above.

  • Graduate coursework begins either fall or spring semester.

We recommend that interested students talk with their SUMMIT adviser, faculty adviser and/or the graduate admission counselor before applying to determine which program best matches the student’s interests and goals.

Are you a first-year or second-year Agnes Scott undergraduate student? The application process for Agnes Accelerated begins your junior year. We encourage you to talk with your SUMMIT adviser or contact Celeste Whitman ’16, our graduate admission counselor, to learn about our programs so you are ready when the time comes to apply.

If you have already completed your bachelor's degree or will complete your bachelor's degree before beginning graduate studies, we encourage you to learn more about our application process for our graduate programs.

If you are looking for information about applying to Agnes Scott to earn your bachelor's degree, please visit our undergraduate admission webpage.

Current Scotties with 76 credit hours should submit the following required items to apply to participate in Agnes Accelerated.

  • Agnes Accelerated 4+1 Program application - contact us at to request this application.
  • Two (2) recommendations: Please contact your recommenders at least two weeks before entering their information into your 4+1 application to verify that they can submit a letter of recommendation for you.
    • One from SUMMIT or major adviser
    • One from a faculty member who has taught you
  • Statement of purpose
  • Writing sample (required only for students applying for Writing and Digital Communication)
  • Copies of official transcripts (the Office of Graduate and Extended Programs will request transcripts for Agnes Scott students)
Deadlines Spring 2022 Fall 2022
Priority Deadline Feb 15, 2022
Regular Deadline & International Applicant Deadline October 1, 2021 April 15, 2022
Late Deadline November 15, 2021 June 15, 2022
Space Available December 1, 2021 August 1, 2022

Contact us at if you have any questions about the application process.


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Phone: 404.471.6894

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