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RCS Accelerated Program for MS Graduate Degree


The accelerated B.S. in Retailing and Consumer Science and the M.S. in Global Retailing program is open to qualified undergraduate CCE Technology Division students wishing to continue their education at the graduate level immediately upon completion of the B.S. degree. Students may take up to six graduate-level credits in Global Retailing that will apply to both the bachelor's and master's degrees. This will reduce the total number of undergraduate/graduate credit hours required to complete both degrees.


Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

A student wishing to enroll in the accelerated program should submit a petition to the Human Development and Consumer Sciences Department during their junior year.

Applications are due:

  • December 1 for taking courses in the Spring term
  • June 1 for taking courses in the Fall term

Minimum eligibility requirements:

  1. Junior standing and completion of 30 semester hours of CCE Technology Division coursework
  2. Minimum 3.0 GPA in overall course work
  3. Minimum 3.2 GPA in overall CCE Technology Division coursework

Since the student is an undergraduate with remaining upper-division coursework, acceptance into the Accelerated Program does not constitute automatic admission to the graduate program.


Admission to the Graduate Program

Students enrolled in the accelerated program must complete the graduate application process before formal admission to graduate school. The admission committee reviews the entire application when making an admission decision.

Additional information about accepted applicants:

  • Earned a Bachelor's degree equivalent
  • Achieved a 3.00 GPA on the last 60 hours of the B.S. degree
  • Achieved a 3.00 GPA on all graduate-level courses taken since entering the Accelerated Program
  • Test scores must be official and no more than five years old. The average score of an accepted applicant for the GRE is 300 for Quantitative and Verbal sections combined and 3.5 on the Analytical section; 550 for the GMAT; 400 on the MAT. There are no minimum test scores.

To apply for graduate admission, please visit the Technology Division at the Cullen College of Engineering Graduate Admissions Procedures page.


Graduate Courses taken as an Undergraduate

The CCE Technology Division department granting the B.S. degree shall determine which graduate courses can be substituted to satisfy the student's undergraduate degree requirements. This determination will be made in accordance with the student's interest, the recommended graduate courses for the accelerated program as chosen by the RCS faculty, and the student's preparation for the course material. It is anticipated that there will be consultation with the graduate degree and undergraduate degree departments.