EPPS Students Take Fast Track to Master's Degree
In the modern economy, a bachelor's degree is not always enough to set a job applicant apart. Employers have plenty of college graduates to choose from, and many high-paying fields now require new hires to have a graduate degree.
The EPPS Fast Track Master's Program helps students get a head start by taking up to 15 hours of graduate courses during their senior year. These graduate hours may be used to complete the bachelor's degree and to satisfy requirements for the master's degree, and students are free to take Fast Track courses even if they are not sure whether they will continue in the graduate program.
Students who have a 3.25 GPA and are core complete may apply for the program prior to their final 30 credit hours of work for an undergraduate degree. Once they receive the necessary approvals and enter the Fast Track program, they can then usually earn a master's degree within a year of graduating with an undergraduate degree. Fast Track students can also waive the master's programs' GRE and letter of recommendation requirements.
Students who are interested in learning more about the program may download a Fast Track flyer or talk with their undergraduate advisor.
Many Fast Track students learn about the program early. For instance, sociology major Vivian Asonye is completing her first semester at UT Dallas and is already preparing to enter the program. Her entry into the Fast Track was helped by a dual credit program in high school, but Asonye says that planning ahead is the real secret to success with the program.
"Every student interested in Fast Track needs should do their own research about it online before they see their advisor, because it can be a very complicated process," she said. "Every student has to be core complete before they are able to apply for Fast Track, so students should make sure they meet all the requirements before they apply."
Because the Fast Track program allows students to simultaneously pursue a bachelor's and master's degree, it also provides interested students with an ideal opportunity to learn whether a master's degree is the best option. That's why Courtney Campbell, a current Fast Track student, chose to complete the program.
"I was undecided if I wanted to continue my journey into graduate school right after graduating or even if I wanted to do it all," she said. "In the end, fast tracking was the perfect solution to get a taste of the coursework and make a more informed decision."