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2012-2013 Walden University Catalog (March 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accelerate Into Master's (AIM)


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Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM) Programs

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Walden University offers opportunities for advanced undergraduate students to accelerate time to the completion of a master’s degree. This option, called Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM), allows undergraduate students to complete graduate-level courses, upon approval of their advisor, that will fulfill the requirements for their undergraduate program as well as graduate requirements for a future master’s program. Students must select 5000-level courses as electives or replace courses in their B.S. program, and also must meet specific academic requirements. 

When undergraduate students attempt a 5000-level course, they may earn a C in the graduate-level course but only a grade of B or better will carry over to the graduate program. Students who receive a C grade will be awarded a grade of C*, which will permit the grade to be used toward the undergraduate-level requirement but not toward the master’s-level requirement. Students who do not receive a B or better are not permitted to continue taking 5000-level courses. Later admission to the master’s program requires that students must repeat that course as a master’s student.

Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM) Programs

Requirements


Walden University offers several opportunities for advanced undergraduate students in certain programs to accelerate time to completion in certain master’s degree programs.

  1. Undergraduates can complete no more than 50% of the total courses required for master’s degree completion, excluding thesis, practicum, or capstone. (Individual programs determine specific eligible courses and some programs may limit the number of courses available.)
     
  2. To be eligible to begin AIM courses, students must:

    a. Have an overall GPA equal to that required for admission to the associated master’s degree.

    b. Have completed a minimum of 90 credits and any specific core requirements associated with their bachelor’s program listed below. (Individual programs may determine additional prerequisites.)

    c. Be in good financial standing.

    d. Not have any incompletes.

  3. AIM courses are (5000-level) graduate courses.*

    a. Tuition for these courses is charged at the undergraduate rate.

    b. Courses taken as an undergraduate count as fulfilling undergraduate degree requirements.

    c. Grades for graduate courses taken as an undergraduate are incorporated into the undergraduate GPA.

  4. Students must get a B or better in each course to have that course applied to the master’s program.
    • Students who get lower than a B in an AIM course will not be allowed to take any more 5000-level courses. Later admission to the master’s program requires that the student must repeat that course as a master’s student.
  5. Students are expected to maintain the undergraduate GPA expected for admission to the associated master’s program.
    • Falling below this GPA prevents the student from taking any additional graduate courses as an undergraduate student.
  6. Upon completion of the undergraduate program requirements, students should file an Intent to Graduate form.
  7. Students who complete these courses successfully are not required to pursue the master’s degree and/or may defer enrollment to a future date. Transfer of credit policies, including those related to expiration, would apply.

Taking AIM courses does not guarantee admission into a master’s program. Upon admission to the master’s program, all AIM graduate courses completed with a B or better are applied to graduate program. The graduate GPA is calculated based only on those graduate courses taken as a graduate student.

Institutional coursework expires within 10 years unless otherwise notated by the individual academic unit or program.

*Note: Graduate students cannot register for AIM courses.

AIM Program Chart 

 

Master’s program Eligible courses

 

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

 

M.S. in Early Childhood Studies


Students may select any or all of these courses. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Students must complete all general education and core requirements before beginning these AIM courses.

M.S. in Instructional Design and Technology


Students may select any or all of these courses. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Students must complete all general education and core requirements before beginning these AIM courses.

 

 

College of Management and Technology

 

 

School of Management

 

Master of Business Administration


Students may select any or all of these courses. Individual course prerequisites apply.

 

College of Health Sciences

 

 

School of Health Sciences

 

Master of Public Health (M.P.H.)
 

Students may select any or all of these courses. Individual course prerequisites apply.


It is recommended that students complete PUBH 5101 prior to enrolling in any other M.P.H. courses.

Students must complete all general education and core requirements before beginning AIM courses.
 


Master of Healthcare Administration (M.H.A.)


Students may select any or all of these courses. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Students must complete all general education and core requirements before beginning these AIM courses.
 

 

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

 

 

School of Public Policy and Administration

 

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)


Students may select up to five of these courses. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Students must complete all general education and core requirements before beginning these AIM courses.
 

Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)
 

Students may select any or all of these courses. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Students must complete all general education and core requirements before beginning these AIM courses.
 

M.S. in Nonprofit Management and Leadership
 

Students may select up to five of these courses. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Students must complete all general education and core requirements before beginning these AIM courses.
 


M.S. in Criminal Justice


Students may select any or all of these courses. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Students must complete all general education and core requirements before beginning these AIM courses.

M.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management
 

Students may select any or all of these courses. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Students must complete all general education and core requirements before beginning these AIM courses.
 

 

School of Psychology

 


M.S. in Psychology


Students may select any or all of these courses for the listed specializations. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Applied Psychology

Crisis Management and Response

Educational Psychology

General Psychology

Health Psychology

Media Psychology

Organizational Psychology

Program Evaluation and Research

Psychology of Culture

Psychology, Public Administration, and Social Change

Social Psychology

Terrorism and Security

Students must complete all general education and core requirements before beginning these AIM courses.
 

M.S. in Forensic Psychology


Students may select up to five of these courses. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Students must complete all general education and core requirements before beginning these AIM courses.
 

 

All semester credits will be converted to quarter credits using the ratio of 1 semester credit equals 1.5 quarter credits.

 

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