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    Jul 04, 2020  
American University Catalog 2019-2020 
    
American University Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master’s Accelerator Program (Graduate)


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The Master’s Accelerator Program (MAP) is a non-degree academic pathway program comprised of two distinct program tracks: MAP and Advanced MAP (AMAP). The Master’s Accelerator Program eases the transition into master’s level study at American University by combining credit-bearing academic courses with additional academic support, professional development instruction, and cultural experiences. Together, these features of the program combine to create a learning-centered environment that promotes academic and professional success, as well as active involvement in campus life.

Students in Advanced MAP have up to two semesters to complete at least one credit-bearing course transferable to a master’s degree at American University and other required coursework (defined below); most Advanced MAP students complete the program requirements in one semester. Students in MAP have up to three semesters to complete at least two credit-bearing courses transferable to a master’s degree at American University and other required coursework (defined below); most MAP students complete the program requirements in two semesters.

Students in MAP may select from participating graduate programs offered by the College of Arts and Sciences , Kogod School of Business , School of Communication , and the School of Public Affairs . MAP helps students strengthen their critical academic reading, writing, oral communication, and professional development while fully immersing them in the U.S. academic culture. MAP students are not required to enroll in coursework in the summer term but may be granted permission in consultation with MAP advising.

Participating Master’s Programs include:

College of Arts and Sciences : Art History (MA) , Biotechnology (MS) , Chemistry (MS) Computer Science (MS) Data Science (MS) , Economics (MA) , Education Policy and Leadership (MEd) , Environmental Science (MS) , Health Promotion Management (MS) , International Economics (MA) , International Training and Education (MA) Mathematics (MA) , Professional Science: Biostatistics (MS) , Professional Science: Quantitative Analysis (MS) , Statistics (MS) , Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA)  

Kogod School of Business : Accounting (MS) , Finance (MS) , Real Estate (MS) , Taxation (MS)  

School of Communication : Game Design (MA)  

School of Public Affairs Data Science (MS) , Political Science (MA) , Public Administration (MPA) , Public Policy (MPP)  

Pre-Sessional English


The Pre-Sessional English (PSE) International Accelerator Program (IAP) is a non-degree intensive English program offered in partnership with the English Language and Training Academy (Graduate)  (ELTA) through the School of Professional & Extended Studies . PSE IAP coursework includes skills and content-based language training, with academic support and advising offered through ELTA and IAP. Graduate courses are offered at ELTA Level 6. For more information, go to https://accelerator.american.edu/masters-accelerator/pre-sessional-english/.

AMAP


Students in Advanced MAP have up to two semesters to complete at least 2 credit-bearing courses and other required coursework (defined below); most Advanced MAP students complete the program requirements in one semester.

Course Requirements


Core


Note: No academic credit is received for these courses. Credit equivalent is listed only for the purpose of determining full-time student status.

Track (6 credit hours)


Complete 6 credit hours from one of the following tracks:

Note: Track selection is based on student’s intended degree program. Specific coursework subjected to change.

General

The General Track is intended for students who plan to enter a degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences  or the School of Communication . It requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in General Track courses.

KSB

The KSB Track is intended for students who plan to enter a degree program in the Kogod School of Business . It requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA in KSB Track courses.

Complete 6 credit hours from one of the following options, with grades of B or better:

SPA

The SPA Track is intended for students who plan to enter a degree program in the School of Public Affairs . It requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA in SPA Track courses.

Complete 6 credit hours from one of the following options, with grades of B or better:

STEM

The STEM Track is intended for students who plan to enter a degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences . It requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in STEM Track courses.

Complete 6 credit hours from one of the following options, with grades of C or better:

Biostatistics

Note: Rotating Topics/Elective courses selected in consultation with the department can be used as a substitute for STAT-630 .

Biotechnology

Environmental Science

Health Promotion Management

Required

Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or other course approved by program director:

Elective

Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or approved HLTH course:

Mathematics

Statistics/Quantitative Analysis

Note: Coursework must be approved in consultation with the Program Director.

Required

Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or other course approved by program director:

Elective

Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or rotating Topics/Elective courses selected in consultation with the department:

Note: STAT-614  will not count toward the degree. It is required for students without Statistics/Quantitative Analysis prerequisites.

MAP


Students in MAP have up to three semesters to complete at least two 3 credit-bearing courses and other required coursework (defined below); most MAP students complete the program requirements in two semesters.

Course Requirements


Core


Semester One

Note: No academic credit is received for these courses. Credit equivalent is listed only for the purpose of determining full-time student status.

Semester Two

Note: No academic credit is received for these courses. Credit equivalent is listed only for the purpose of determining full-time student status.

Track (9 credit hours)


Complete 9 credit hours from one of the following tracks:

Note: Track selection is based on student’s intended degree program.

General

The General Track is intended for students who plan to enter a degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences  or the School of Communication . It requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in General Track courses.

Research Methods

Complete 3 credit hours from the following, or other course approved by Program’s Director:

Selection

Complete 6 credit hours from one of the following selections, with grades of C or better:

Art History

Economics

Economics I

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

Note: ECON-603  will not count toward the degree. It is required for students without previous Economics coursework. 

Economics II

Complete 3 credit hours from the following:

International Economics

TESL

Complete 6 credit hours from the following, or approved TESL courses:

International Training Education Program

Complete one of the following options:

KSB

The KSB Track is intended for students who plan to enter a degree program in the Kogod School of Business . It requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA in KSB Track courses.

Complete 9 credit hours from one of the following options, with grades of B or better:

SPA

The SPA Track is intended for students who plan to enter a degree program in the School of Public Affairs . It requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA in SPA Track courses.

Complete 9 credit hours from one of the following options, with grades of B or better:

STEM

The STEM Track is intended for students who plan to enter a degree program in the College of Arts and Sciences . It requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA in STEM Track courses.

Complete 9 credit hours from one of the following options, with grades of C or better:

Biostatistics

Note: 3 credit hours of coursework approved by Program Director can be used as a substitute for CAS-580  

Biotechnology

Environmental Science

Health Promotion Management

Note: 3 credit hours of approved HLTH coursework can be used as a substitute for HLTH-681 . 3 credit hours of coursework approved by Program Director can be used as a substitute for CAS-580 .

Mathematics

Statistics/Quantitative Analysis

Note: STAT-614  will not count toward the degree. Rotating Topics/Elective courses selected in consultation with the department can be used as a substitute for STAT-615 . 3 credit hours of coursework approved by Program Director can be used as a substitute for CAS-580 . Coursework must be approved in consultation with the Program Director.

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