Students wanting to advance more quickly toward their degree can do so with the Accelerated Track Program (ACTRAC). Eligible School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) students may enroll in courses that carry the ACTRAC option. By completing additional course work prescribed by the instructor, students earn 4 credits for each ACTRAC course rather than the usual 3 credits. By taking ACTRAC courses, students can reduce the total number of courses they must take before they graduate.

This program is offered either mostly or fully online.  Students entering the U.S. on an F-1 or J-1 Visa must enroll in a program full time.  F-1 students are only permitted to enroll in one online course per semester and J-1 students may only enroll in non-credit online courses that do not count toward their degree program.  The School of Continuing & Professional Studies (CAPS) cannot guarantee face-to-face enrollment options each semester of full time enrollment, therefore cannot issue an I-20 or DS 2019 to F-1 and J-1 students for this program.  If you are an F-1 or J-1 student and wish to enroll in a CAPS program while here on a Visa, please contact our recruitment team to discuss your options for face-to-face program enrollment.  F-1 and J-1 students should not enroll in online courses or programs without first consulting the university’s Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS).


Units Completed in CAPS


Minimum Grade-Point Average


Credits Earned for Each ACTRAC Course

Program Requirements

Eligible students must:

  • Be admitted to a CAPS undergraduate degree program
  • Have successfully completed at least 12 units in CAPS
  • Have completed an English composition course at CAPS with a grade of B or better
  • Have a 3.0 minimum grade-point average
  • Have written approval from a CAPS navigator.

Once approved, students register and pay for 4 credits for each ACTRAC course. The ACTRAC option must be chosen at the beginning of the semester, and it is not available to Washington University day students.

The “extra credit” work is determined by the instructor and will normally include extra reading, writing and research.

Application Requirements

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