How to Apply: Accelerated Programs in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership

Application Deadline(s)

Fall 2024: August 1, 2024
Spring 2025: December 1 , 2024

Qualified UMBC undergraduate students have the option of applying to the accelerated Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership Master’s or Graduate Certificate programs in your junior or senior year, earning up to six credits towards your graduate certificate or nine credits towards your master’s degree. You will benefit by shortening the time to degree completion, experiencing the cost savings of taking graduate courses at undergraduate tuition rates, flexible learning options (courses taught in evening or hybrid format), and gaining practical knowledge and skills.

At a Glance




Locations Offered

  • UMBC Campus (Catonsville)

Admission Requirements

In order to be eligible for the accelerated graduate certificate or master’s degree option, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. If less than 3.0, admission consideration based on Graduate Program Director’s discretion.
  • Be a junior or senior at UMBC, and be admitted at least one semester prior to completion of bachelor’s degree.
  • Maintain good academic standing throughout the duration of undergraduate degree.

Application Process 

  • Contact Gib Mason,, Graduate Program Director, to discuss interest and plan of study.
  • Complete the Graduate School Accelerated Application DocuSign Form
  • Submit copies of your undergraduate transcripts and statement of goals in the Accelerated Application DocuSign Form, via the upload feature. (Reference letters are not required but if you want them reviewed you must upload them in the Accelerated Application.)
  • Submit required documentation to your Undergraduate Advisor for preliminary review and approval. If approved your application will be reviewed by the Entrepreneurship Graduate Program Director and a final admission decision will be made.
  • Once approved, complete the Approval for Undergraduates to take Courses for Graduate Credit form.
  • One semester prior to completion of your bachelor’s degree submit a Graduate Admissions Application for the Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, or Leadership, or Master’s of Professional Studies: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Leadership to the Graduate School. The graduate school application fee is waived ($50 online)
  • Once admitted, complete transfer of credits form to Graduate School.
    • Up to six credits may be transferred into a Certificate program after being taken as an undergraduate, so long as a B grade or better was earned.
    • Up to nine credits may be transferred into a Master’s program after being taken as an undergraduate, so long as a B grade or better was earned.

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