Fifth Year Option to Earn a Master's Degree

What is it?
The Fifth Year Option at Anna Maria College allows undergraduate students in good academic standing a unique opportunity to earn both their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years.

The benefit to the student is two-fold:

1. The two graduate courses will be counted toward fulfilling the undergraduate degree requirements.

2. If the student achieves a grade of B or better in each course, he/she will be admitted to the graduate school with an Advanced Standing status.

*Advanced Standing: a student will be credited with having already earned six graduate credits, two courses, toward a graduate degree at Anna Maria College.

Students who wish to pursue the Fifth Year Option must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater and have earned 90 credits or more.
How does it work?
Students have an opportunity to plan undergraduate studies in a way that allows them to begin graduate work in the senior year. Students add two graduate courses to their senior coursework and it is these two courses that are placed on the master's transcript.

Upon successful graduation from the undergraduate program, the senior year coursework will be reviewed and a determination about admission into the graduate program will be made. Upon final admissions, the student will be sent a formal letter of acceptance into the graduate master's program.

What are the Fifth Year Program options?
> Business
> Counseling Psychology
> Criminal Justice
> Justice Administration
> Education
> Emergency Management
> Fire Science
> Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety
> Pastoral Ministry
> Visual Art
How do I apply?
1. Meet with your advisor to confirm your eligibility in the program and determine the two graduate level courses
    that you will be taking in the upcoming year.

2. Complete the paperwork below and return it to the Admission office, located in Foundress Hall.  They will
   forward as appropriate.

3.  Fill out a Fifth Year Option Verification form, and have your advisor sign it.

4.  The standard Graduate School application must be completed. Your application fee will be waived, as well as 
     letters of recommendation and transcripts. Any additional admissions requirements as laid out by individual
     programs (i.e. resume, portfolio, interview, etc.) will be required.

Who do I contact for more information?
Students seeking further information regarding the Fifth Year Option should contact their Advisor or the Graduate Admission Office at or (508) 849-3234.