Accelerated (5-Year) Graduate Programs
Outstanding Fordham undergraduate students are eligible to apply for early admission to Masters programs offered by Fordham’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Students submit their application materials in the spring of their junior year and begin the program during the fall of their senior year. Depending on the specific program, undergraduate students admitted to a Masters program under the early admissions policy take between two and three graduate courses during their senior year with the approval of the program director. These courses will count toward the Bachelor’s degree and are accepted for the Masters. Students should also seek the approval of their undergraduate advisor before registering their courses. Students following this option typically complete the Masters degree requirements in the first year after completing their Bachelor’s if they study full time. This policy applies to FCLC, FCRH, and FCLS.
Advantages for prospective undergraduates include: The application fee and the GRE are waived for admission to the Masters program; courses on the graduate level begin before completing the bachelor’s degree, enriching the undergraduate experience and strengthening the undergraduate transcripts; and students admitted early benefit financially through including part of the Master degree tuition within their senior year, cutting their Masters tuition bill by 20 to 30%. Students interested in applying for additional financial aid after they obtain their Bachelor’s must take the GRE.
The early admissions policy is available for the following programs:
Students should obtain specific information on eligibility from the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies in the department.
Applying for Early Admission to a Masters Programs
The Graduate Admissions Office accepts online applications only. The application is available at www.fordham.edu/gsas. Click-on APPLY ONLINE and create a user account. An applicant can access his/her application as often as he/she wishes and submits the application to the Admissions Office only when it is complete.
When applying for early admission to a Masters program, be sure to select “Early Admissions” in the ACADEMIC INFORMATION section of the application. As part of the application a statement of intent, a five-to-seven-page writing sample, a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation (not three) must be included. When asking for references, find out if the professors will submit the letter online or in hardcopy to Graduate Admissions. Applicants must also submit an official transcript, which can be requested at Enrollment Services in Thebaud Hall.
The Admissions Office of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is located in Keating Hall Room 216 and can be reached by phone at (718) 817-4416. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact them.