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.

Below are two opportunities exclusive to Scotties: the Early Assurance Program and the 4+1 Bridge Program.

Agnes Accelerated Early Assurance Program

Undergraduate Agnes Scott students can apply to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master of Arts program at Agnes Scott as early as their junior year through our Agnes Accelerated Early Assurance Program. Eligible students who have not completed their bachelor's degree will receive a conditional acceptance to begin their master's program following the completion of their undergraduate degree.

The application process begins during a Scottie’s junior year or after 76 hours of coursework. Courses in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program would not begin until the student has graduated with their bachelor’s degree in good standing. This program provides undergraduate Scotties interested in pursuing a career in the counseling field the opportunity to have a clear pathway following graduation.

Students participating in this program benefit from the combination of a strong, foundational undergraduate experience and early acceptance into a competitive counseling master's program, thus shortening the application process for graduate schools. 

  • Students who are accepted start their senior or final year of undergraduate study knowing their plan for graduate school. 
  • Students matriculate into a close-knit cohort community focused on intersectional and social justice-oriented mental health practice in real-world settings.

Submit Application to Participate in the Agnes Early Assurance

  • Connect with our Graduate Admission Counselor, Rachael Zakas (rzakas@agnesscott.edu), to discuss your program interest. 
  • Eligibility to apply:
    • Bachelor’s degree-seeking students who have earned a minimum of 76 credit hours -OR- Agnes Scott alumni.
    • Good standing at Agnes Scott and a 3.0 GPA minimum
  • Application requirements:
    • Submit a standard, online graduate application, selecting the Clinical Mental health Counseling program for the most current term. 
    • (2) Recommendations: One from SUMMIT or major advisor, and one from a faculty member who has taught the student
    • Statement of purpose
    • Copies of undergraduate transcripts - Scotties, we have you covered. Your graduate admission counselor will request Agnes Scott transcripts from the Registrar. Just submit any transcripts for other undergraduate or graduate institutions you have attended.
  • Participation Awarded: Applicants to the Agnes Early Commitment program are held accountable to the same admission standards as all other graduate applicants, and must complete the bachelor’s degree prior to matriculating into the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.  

Bachelor’s Degree-Seeking Students Admitted through the in Agnes Accelerated Early Assurance program

  • Conditional Acceptance: Bachelor's degree seeking students who are admitted to participate will receive a “conditional acceptance” letter. 
    • Conditional acceptance means that accepted students must maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA through the completion of their bachelor’s degree to matriculate into the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master's program. 
    • Students who are not able to maintain at least a 3.0 GPA could lose their spot in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.
    • A $350 enrollment deposit is required to reserve your seat in the fall cohort that begins after your bachelor's degree conferral.
Applicants must have final transcripts documenting an earned bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 by the deadline stated in their admission letter. Your graduate admission counselor will request these from the Registrar’s office on the student’s behalf.

Accelerated 4+1 Masters Degree Programs

Fast-track your future with our Agnes Accelerated 4+1 Bridge 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 bridge 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.

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

  • Data Analysis and Communication (M.S.): Pair advanced data analysis with the ability to communicate results in compelling, creative ways to win over your audience.
  • Medical Sciences Accelerated (M.S.): Distinguish yourself with graduate level coursework to prepare for the competitive medical and health professions programs application process through our 12-month, in-person cohort program that includes clinical practicum experiences.
  • Medical Sciences Traditional (M.S.): This 24-month, in-person medical sciences program offers students a chance to strengthen their academic record through an advanced science curriculum and clinical practicum experiences.
  • Writing and Digital Communication (M.A.): Harness the power of words and lead change in the digital world.
  • By beginning your graduate studies in your senior year at Agnes Scott, you’ll be able to earn up to six credits of graduate level coursework before graduating.
  • 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 Bridge Program begins for Scotties during 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 gradadmission@agnesscott.edu to apply.
  2. Once approved, the senior 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 our admission counselors at gradadmission@agnesscott.edu 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 
  • 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, approximately 1,000 words, that discusses each of the following:
    • your career goals, 
    • an example of an impactful helping relationship in a professional setting, and
    • the meaning of equity and diversity to your professional and personal life.
  • Writing sample (required only for students applying for Writing and Digital Communication)
  • Copies of official transcripts - your graduate admission counselor will request these.

Contact us at gradadmission@agnesscott.edu if you have any questions about the application process.

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