The Accelerated Master's Program (AMP) in MCB allows UA undergraduate students to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in MCB in a total of 5 years. Students interested in the AMP program should familiarize themselves with the eligibility criteria and curriculum requirements below as early as sophomore year to ensure they do not miss deadlines. Students who already have completed a Bachelor's degree or have earned an advanced degree from another institution are not eligible for the AMP.
Who should pursue the AMP?
The AMP is well-suited for students who aim to gain research experience at the graduate level, including pre-med students who may conduct research in the future, students who would like to evaluate their passion for research before launching into a PhD program, and others who might find graduate-level research experience beneficial for a future career or position.
AMP Timeline Overview
AMP students focus on completing undergraduate-level courses and gaining research experience during their first three to four years. By mid-November of the junior or senior year, students must submit an application to the AMP program through the UA Graduate College. Upon acceptance, students continue to take a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses in the fourth year to complete their Bachelor's degree. During this time, students also expound on their research, preparing for graduate-level research. In the fifth and final year, students focus on graduate course work and their research-based thesis in order to complete the requirements for the Master's degree.