Accelerated BS/PSM Program

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Your gateway to a fantastic career in the biological sciences

Earn your bachelor of science and your professional science master’s degree in as little as five years with our accelerated BS/PSM program.

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Our accelerated BS in Biology/PSM in Biotechnology offers exceptional students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree and a professional science master’s degree in as little as five years. Accelerated BS/PSM students complete four graduate courses during their final year as an undergraduate, enabling them to finish the PSM in as little as a year once they are admitted to graduate school.

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Degree Details

Admissions Requirements

Undergraduate Admission

When you apply to TWU, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores. Admission to TWU is valid for four terms, unless you have attended another higher education institution.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

Questions about the admissions process? Contact the Office of Admissions Processing.

Office of Admissions
Texas Woman’s University
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204-5649
940-898-3076 or 1-866-809-6130 ext. 3076

Admission to the Accelerated BS in Biology/​PSM in Biotechnology

All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.

It is recommended that students interested in this path speak with their undergraduate advisor as early as their freshman year of study. Once admitted to the accelerated program students must meet with their undergraduate advisor each semester prior to registering for courses. During the final semester of undergraduate coursework, students should seek advising from the P.S.M. graduate advisor to discuss a graduate degree plan.

Program Coordinator

Stephanie A. Pierce, PhD

Application Deadlines

  • Fall - June 1st
  • Spring - October 1st
  • No summer admissions

Admissions Requirements

To apply to the Accelerated B.S. in Biology/P.S.M. in Biotechnology program, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled in the B.S. in Biology program at TWU.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 at the time of application.
  • Have successfully completed a minimum of 72 semester credit hours of coursework toward the B.S. in Biology.
  • Have a minimum of 12 semester credit hours (SCH) of electives remaining toward the B.S. Biology degree. Three SCH must be an upper-level general elective. The remaining nine credit hours can be upper-level general or biology electives.

How to Apply to the Accelerated Program

Students interested in applying to the Accelerated B.S. in Biology / P.S.M. in Biotechnology program are encouraged to contact the P.S.M. Program Coordinator prior to applying. Preference will be given to students who have started or intend to complete the Certified Quality Science Professional (CQSP) micro-credential program.

To apply, students must:

  1. Complete the Accelerated B.S. in Biology / P.S.M. in Biotechnology online application.
  2. Submit a statement of purpose and resume as PDF documents to the Program Coordinator.  Send the documents in one email and include the student’s name and TWU I.D. number with “BS/PSM documents” in the subject line of the email.
  3. Request letters of recommendation from 2 academic references. Letters should be sent as PDFs on institutional letterhead directly to the Program Coordinator.
  4. Once admitted to the Accelerated Program students must apply to the graduate P.S.M. Program. Students cannot enroll in graduate-level coursework until accepted by the Graduate School.

Accelerated Undergraduate-Graduate Program Policy Guidelines

Students may apply to an approved accelerated degree program once they have completed at least 60 undergraduate semester credit hours. Upon admission to an accelerated program, students may enroll in graduate courses for credit once they have attained at least 72 undergraduate semester credit hours. Approved courses will apply to both an undergraduate and a graduate degree.


  • Up to 12 SCH of designated graduate courses may apply to both the Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree program comprised of 45 or fewer SCH; and up to 15 graduate SCH may apply toward both an undergraduate degree and a graduate degree program comprised of more than 45 SCH (Master’s, Specialist or Doctoral degree.)
  • Undergraduate students may enroll in no more than 6 SCH of graduate coursework in each semester or term.
  • No undergraduate-level course may count toward a graduate degree.
  • Minimal criteria for admission will include a cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Academic components may set higher requirements for their program.
  • Once admitted to an accelerated program, students must maintain a 3.0 GPA throughout the remainder of their baccalaureate degree, or their admission to the accelerated graduate program may be revoked. Academic components may set additional requirements for their programs.
  • Prior to applying to an accelerated degree program, students must have completed a minimum of 15 semester credit hours at Texas Woman's University.

Graduate Application Process

All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional graduate admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the graduate program's website.

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Contact Us

For more information about the accelerated BS/PSM, please contact the program director, Dr. Stephanie Pierce, at or 940-898-2797.

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