2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021) 
    
    Nov 29, 2021  
2021–2022 Walden University Catalog (September 2021)

Accelerate Into Master’s (AIM) Programs


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Walden University offers opportunities for 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.

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 pass their AIM class are not permitted to continue taking 5000-level courses. Later admission to the master’s program requires that students must take that course as a master’s student.

Requirements

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

  1. Individual programs may determine the specific eligible AIM courses and some programs may limit the number of courses available. Generally, AIM coursework should not account for more than approximately 50% of the credits needed for master’s degree completion. Practicum or Capstone requirements for the master’s program are not eligible to be satisfied by AIM coursework.
  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.* BS AIM track students must maintain a 2.5 GPA and have a transfer GPA of at least 2.5 (if transferring credits).

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.) * BS in Psychology AIM track students do not need to meet this requirement.

c. Be in good financial standing.

d. Not have any incompletes.

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

a. Tuition for these courses is charged at the undergraduate rate for the course-based learning format. For Tempo Learning® these courses are included in the program’s subscription cost.

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 only.

  1. Students must get a “B” or better in each course to have that course applied to the master’s program.
    • Students who do not earn a grade of “C” or better will not be allowed to take any more 5000-level courses. Later admission to the master’s program requires that the student must take that course as a master’s student. * BS in Psychology AIM track students may retake an AIM course a second time if they failed the first time; they must earn a grade of “C” or better the second time in order to stay in the AIM track program.

  2. 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.

  3. Upon completion of the undergraduate program requirements, students should file an Intent to Graduate Form.
  4. 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.

Undergraduate students may complete AIM courses to fulfill elective credits, as course substitutions approved by the program director, or they may elect a second concentration within their program of study that is designed for AIM completion. Students are encouraged to consult with Student Success Advising (if in the course-based learning format) or their Academic Coaching (if in the Tempo Learning® format) on the most appropriate plan for their program and academic goals, such as their future master’s program and time to completion.   

 

* Note: Graduate students cannot register for AIM courses.

AIM Program Chart* 

 

Master’s Program

Eligible Courses
(specific course availability may differ within the Tempo Learning® format)

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership

School of Education and Professional Licensure

MS in Early Childhood Studies

 

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

Note: These courses are 8 weeks in length.

School of Higher Education, Leadership, and Policy

MS in Instructional Design and Technology

 

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

Note: These courses are 8 weeks in length.

College of Health Professions

School of Health Sciences

MS in Health Education and Promotion

 

Choose up to four courses.

Note: These courses are 11 weeks in length.

*This course MUST be taken first.

**HLTH 5005, HLTH 5110, and HLTH 5205 must be taken before HLTH 5412.

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA)

 

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

Note: These courses are 11 weeks in length.

Students can take no more than two master’s-level courses per term.

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

College of Management and Technology

School of Management

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

 

Students may select any or all of these courses for the listed specializations.

Note: These courses are 8 weeks in length.

General Program or Self-Designed Specialization

Healthcare Management, Human resource Management, or Project Management Specialization

MS in Leadership

 

Students may select any or all of these courses for the listed specializations.  

Note: These courses are 8 weeks in length.

General Program

Executive Leadership Specialization

MS in Management

 

Students may select any or all of these courses for the listed specializations.  

Note: These courses are 8 weeks in length.

General Program

Strategy Specialization

College of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

 

Note: These courses are 11 weeks in length.

Students must be admitted to the RN-BSN-MSN track to complete these AIM courses.

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

School of Public Policy and Administration

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

 

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

Note: These courses are 11 weeks in length.

MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership

 

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

Note: These courses are 11 weeks in length.

School of Psychology

MS in Developmental Psychology

 

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

Note: These courses are 11 weeks in length.

MS in  Forensic Psychology

 

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

Note: These courses are 11 weeks in length.

MS in Psychology

 

Students may select up to five courses for the listed specializations. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Note: These courses are 11 weeks in length.

Applied Psychology

Digital Psychology

Educational Psychology

General Psychology

Health Psychology

Social Psychology

Self-Designed

MS in Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology

 

Students may select up to five courses for the listed specializations. Individual course prerequisites apply.

Note: These courses are 11 weeks in length.

General Practice

Consulting Psychology

Evidence-Based Coaching

Human Resource Management

International Business

Self-Designed

School of Human Services

MS in Human Services

 

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

Note: These courses are 11 weeks in length.

School of Counseling

MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

 

These courses are open only to students in the BS in Human Services and BS in Psychology programs. Students may select up to five of these courses. Individual course prerequisites apply

Note: These courses are 11 weeks in length.

 

These courses must be taken in the order listed.

 

* Students are required to take PSYC 5101 along with PSYC 5102 or HUMN 5100.

School of Criminal Justice

MS in Criminal Justice

 

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

Note: These courses are 11 weeks in length.

MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management

 

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

Note: These courses are 11 weeks in length.