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GSAS Early Admissions Program

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Seeking advanced graduate study that will allow you to complete your master’s degree in one year?

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) Early Admissions (EA) Program is available to current Fordham undergraduates.

The program allows exceptional students (primarily juniors or the equivalent) to complete a master's degree with one additional year of study beyond the bachelor's degree.

Upon being accepted into the program, you will begin taking graduate courses during your senior year. Your EA courses will be counted simultaneously toward the completion of your bachelor’s degree and your master’s degree.

The EA option also provides you with advanced training that will enrich your undergraduate experience and develop advanced, in-depth academic knowledge and professional competencies.

The following GSAS degree programs welcome applications from EA candidates:

Master of Arts (M.A.) Master of Science (M.S.)
Catholic Theology Applied Psychological Methods
Economics Biological Sciences
Elections and Campaign Management Computer Science
English Cybersecurity
Ethics and Society Data Analytics
Global History (begins fall 2018) Humanitarian Studies (begins fall 2018)
Urban Studies  

EA Program Requirements

  • You must have completed at least 90 credits to begin the program.
  • You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 to apply to all programs except Biological Sciences, English, and Philosophy (a higher major/cumulative GPA may be required for these programs).
  • Submit your application online, and be sure to include all of the following information/documentation:
    • updated resume
    • statement of intent (if required by your program of interest)
    • official Fordham transcript (request this online from Enrollment Services, or through the Student tab in Banner Self-Service on Please request that your transcript be sent to as soon as possible
    • writing sample (if required by your program of interest)
    • letters of recommendation 

Advantages of Applying to the Early Admissions Program

  • Your GSAS application fee is waived.
  • You do not need to take the GRE to be eligible.
  • Fordham will designate up to 3 graduate-level EA courses (as determined by the program) taken during senior year to count for both your bachelor's and master's degrees.


To confirm your eligibility prior to applying or if you have additional questions, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies in your program of interest, or contact the GSAS Interim Director of Admissions, Travis Strattion (718-817-4417  or

For more information on Early Admissions, please consult the GSAS Academic Policies and Procedures Guidebook.