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Do these variations mean anything different, or is one more correct?

I have been accepted onto a course at the University of Stack Exchange

I have been accepted to the Masters programme

Are there any other variations?

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Correctness has no degrees. Something is either correct or incorrect. You could say most appropriate though. – Kris Feb 22 '13 at 10:34
onto sounds archaic to my ears. – Mr Lister Feb 22 '13 at 13:15
@Kris This seems at odds with Quirk and Svartvik's suggested 5-point gradience for acceptability of constructions. They deal with the reality that some people will accept as correct a construction that others won't. If we are to use a higher-level definition of correctness and incorrectness, there will be an awful lot of constructions in neither set. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 2 at 17:07
@EdwinAshworth OLD-O Acceptability: "the degree to which something is agreed or approved of by most people in a society" (emphasis mine) ibid., Correct: accurate or true, without any mistakes… – Kris Oct 6 at 13:51
@Kris 'Who says that "correct" is a binary predicate? It's just as incremental as any other adjective. And stop worrying about grammatical fo paz. You don't know enough to worry properly yet. – John Lawler' {Is using “more correct” a grammatical faux pas?}. // Didn't you spot the later example in OLD: 'He is always very correct in his speech.'? Or are we free to select just the sense we like best? – Edwin Ashworth Oct 25 at 22:11

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"Accepted into a course" is the usual wording for these things.

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Into or to would be correct for both, with into the more usual in both cases.

At or to for "...accepted at the University...".

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Accepted into a course is American English. Accepted onto a course is more common in British English.

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