Department of English BA/MA Accelerated Degree Pathway (ADP)

ACCELERATED OPTION: You can earn your bachelor's and master's in less time and at a significant savings. Learn more about the: Accelerated degree option.

The Accelerated Degree Pathway (ADP) program is a 5-year bridge program between our undergraduate B. A. Degree in English and our graduate M. A. in English degrees. Selected students can complete up to 9-credits of graduate coursework during their fourth undergraduate year at the University of Akron. Students will then transition into our M. A. graduate program, pending satisfactory fulfillment of their undergraduate degree and graduate program admission requirements. Selected students have the potential to earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree from the University of Akron in 5 years.

The advantages to the accelerated program include:

  • Flexibility during graduate school
    Students can complete graduate classes while fulfilling undergraduate degree requirements.
  • Reduce time
    Students start fulfilling graduate school requirements sooner. The ADP Program engages students in graduate level courses before their peers and provides the opportunity to make connections with graduate instructors and other students in the program.
  • Save tuition costs
    Students can save tuition costs by completing up to 9 graduate credit hours at the undergraduate price. These same graduate credits will be applied to their graduate degree at The University of Akron


The 5-Year Accelerated Degree Pathway (ADP) Program curriculum includes the same coursework offered in the English undergraduate and graduate programs.

Check out our handbook here.

How to join

Interested students should contact our Assistant Chair, Prof. Lisa Rhoades at