Pathways to Graduate Degrees for UMW Students


UMW provides multiple pathways to graduate school for students interested in taking their education further. First, UMW offers several of its own graduate degrees through all three of its colleges. Some are 4+1 programs, meaning that students can earn a Master’s degree in only one year after earning their Bachelor’s degree. That’s right – you can earn two degrees in approximately five years right here at UMW!  Second, UMW partners with other Virginia institutions to provide accelerated graduate and professional degree pathways for its students. Such programs include law, medicine, and engineering. You can make a smooth transition to graduate school at one of these partner institutions and use your time efficiently!

UMW Graduate Programs:

Geospatial Analysis

The UMW Master of Science in Geospatial Analysis (MSGA) program offered through the Department of Geography is one of just two such programs in Virginia. Through the MSGA program you will master geospatial technology and critically assess data and results to ask and answer spatial questions. Learn more about our MSGA program.


UMW’s College of Business offers a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program for working professionals, and also has a highly attractive accelerated Eagle 4+1 MBA program. The 4+1 Program is designed to accommodate any UMW undergraduate major.


UMW’s College of Education offers a variety of graduate programs (M.Ed.) for working teachers. Learn more from UMW’s Admissions website.


Partner Programs At Other Institutions:


The Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP) is a collaborative graduate program that offers graduate engineering programs for students at receiver sites throughout the Commonwealth. Our Stafford and Dahlgren are two such receiver sites. Read more about options at our Dahlgren campus.

Other accelerated programs are currently under negotiation with partner schools in Virginia. Check back here in spring 2019 for an update.


UMW and the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University established an accelerated 3+3 Program which provides a fast track to a career in law. After just three years of undergraduate study at UMW, you enter Scalia Law as a full-time, first-year law student. The program will save you one year’s worth of tuition and time. More details can be found on this GMU webpage.


UMW has an agreement with the George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences for an early selection program for students in the UMW Honors Program who are interested in a career in medicine. Students who are accepted into and fulfill the requirements of the early selection program will be provided provisional admission to the four-year M.D. program. Learn more from the Honors Program website.


Similar to the law school program, UMW has reached an agreement with the Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University for an accelerated pathway to a pharmacy degree. Details can be found on here.