The Master’s Accelerator Program is a two-semester experience that emphasizes classroom skill-building and contextual English-language instruction to support international students’ academic and professional success. MAP includes advanced writing, public speaking, and research instruction. The small class sizes, hands-on and interactive programs, and specially structured curriculum are designed to help you transition seamlessly into your master’s degree program.

  • An Immersive Educational Experience – Learn from curriculum bridging language, culture, and academics, while earning credit toward your degree.
  • Bolster Your Academic Achievement – Benefit from extra English-language instruction, dedicated workshops, tutoring, academic advising, supplemental instruction, and student support.
  • Benefit from Personalized English-Language Instruction – Your language classes will be fully contextual — designed around your curriculum, professional, and social objectives.


First Year Program Length Program Curriculum Credits Earned Toward Degree Progression Requirements Progression Into
2 semesters Preset–integrated and MAP-exclusive courses 9 GPA of 3.0–3.25 with no grade lower than B. Approval from the Master’s Accelerator team Master’s Degree

Entry Requirements

To apply for American University’s Master’s Accelerator Program, you should meet the following qualifications:

GPA TOEFL® for Entry IELTS for Entry iTEP for Entry
Only one of the scores below required
3.0 74, with at least one subscore below 20 6.0, with no subscore below 5.0 4.0, with no subscore below 3.5


Semester 1 Semester 2

Professional Development (OGIS-065)

  • 1.0 credit

Graduate Academic Communication (ELTA-080)

  • 3.0 credits

Graduate Academic Research (ELTA-081)

  • 3.0 credits

Graduate Course I

  • 3.0 credits


3 Credits towards your degree


Academic Writing for Graduate Students (TESL-010)

  • 3.0 credits

Graduate Course I

  • 3.0 credits

Graduate Course II

  • 3.0 credits


6 Credits towards your degree

Degree Credits Earned: 9

Interested in additional English-language support?

The Pre-Sessional English Language program, delivered through American University’s English Language and Training Academy (ELTA), is designed to improve students’ comprehension and ability to take rigorous academic courses in the English language.

Proof an AU degree works

95% of American master’s program graduates are working or pursuing a doctoral degree within six months of graduating. Ready to speed up your career? Apply for the Master’s Accelerator at American University now.
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