Accelerated Master's Program

Earn your Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in 5 Years

The Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) provides an opportunity for undergraduate students in select majors to complete a Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) degree in as little as one year. Through the AMP, you can begin your graduate coursework once you have completed 75 credits, taking up to nine that can double-count towards both your undergraduate degree and MPPA. Learn more about how to maximize your time at CSU below.

Eligible Undergraduate Programs

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Application Requirements


  • Current MPPA AMP partner program major at CSU
  • Minimum CSU GPA of 3.0
  • Must have completed at least 75 credit hours
  • Must intend to complete the MPPA degree at CSU

Application Requirements

  • A current resume (1-2 pages)
  • A statement of purpose, answering the questions: 1) Why you are interested in the SDP program?; and 2) What are your professional goals?
  • Unofficial transcripts

Recommended Timeline

Undergraduate: Junior Year

(or once you reach 75 credit hours completed)

Undergraduate: Late Junior to Senior Year

Graduate School Year

  • To complete your MPPA within a year, the suggested credit load per semester is below:
    • Fall: 12 credits of graduate coursework
    • Spring: 12 credits of graduate coursework
    • Summer: 6 credits of internship and capstone
  • Earn your Master of Public Policy and Administration

Note: You are not obligated to complete the program within a year

Frequently Asked Questions


“The AMP has made me feel more prepared for life after graduation by giving me a clear path for my post bachelors studies into a professional degree. The MPPA classes I have taken so far have had great professional development opportunities, and offer a better understanding of the real world applications of what I learn in my undergraduate classes. Being an AMP student has allowed me to meet other people with similar interests who are at various points in their professional and academic careers which is a great way to learn about different career paths and opportunities. The faculty are all wonderful and really care about their students.”

— Thalia Gustina (’23), International Studies Major