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Earn your master's degree sooner with accelerated 4+1 programs

November 09, 2021 · 3 min read · By ASU Online
ASU Online's accelerated 4+1 programs allow you to earn your graduate degree in as little as one year after completing your undergraduate degree.
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Our students are our top priority at Arizona State University. To support them, we provide innovative resources and unique pathway opportunities, including our accelerated 4+1 program option. This opportunity accelerates your path, saving you both time and money, by earning your graduate degree in as little as one year after completing your undergraduate degree.

 

What is a 4+1 program?

ASU Online’s 4+1 programs allow you to earn your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time, advancing your education quicker. By completing coursework in your senior year for dual credit, you’ll streamline your educational journey and easily transition from an undergraduate degree to a graduate degree.

“The 4+1 pathway is a very cost effective option for ASU students," noted ASU Online professor Mary Jane Parmentier. "It also offers an excellent intellectual opportunity for qualified students to move into graduate-level work during their senior year.”

 

What are the benefits of enrolling in a 4+1 program?

By enrolling in a 4+1 program, you shorten the amount of time it takes to complete both your undergraduate and graduate degrees. In addition to saving time, you’ll also save money, resulting in less student debt. Enrolling in a 4+1 program is a great way to receive a quality education, earn a master’s degree and advance to your career earlier than you’d be able to otherwise.

ASU Online professor Robert Kirsch said, “The benefits to a 4+1 are substantial. Students may be able to leverage scholarship money more effectively, find an efficient use of their undergraduate credits or just get started early enough to complete a two-year master’s program in one year.”

 

How do I enroll in a 4+1 program?

To take advantage of this opportunity, you must apply during your junior year. Please keep in mind that each program has unique requirements to be eligible. For additional information, please speak with your advisor.

 

What degrees are part of the 4+1 program?

More than 30 ASU Online undergraduate degrees are part of the 4+1 program. Below is a list of those undergraduate degrees and the graduate degrees they can lead to as part of the 4+1 program.

Innovation in society, BA can lead to...
- Global technology and development, MS

Innovation in society, BS can lead to...
- Global technology and development, MS 

Health entrepreneurship and innovation, BAS can lead to...
- Aging, MS
- Healthcare innovation, MHI

Health entrepreneurship and innovation, BS can lead to...
- Aging, MS
- Healthcare innovation, MHI

Community health, BS can lead to...
- Aging, MS
- Healthcare innovation, MHI

Health care coordination, BS can lead to...
- Aging, MS
- Healthcare innovation, MHI

Integrative health, BS can lead to...
- Aging, MS
- Healthcare innovation, MHI

Technological entrepreneurship and management, BS can lead to...
- Applied leadership and management, MALM
- Global technology and development, MS

Electrical engineering, BSE can lead to...
- Electrical engineering, MSE

Electrical engineering (electric power and energy systems), BSE can lead to...
- Electrical engineering, MSE

Engineering management, BSE can lead to...
- Industrial engineering, MS

Information technology, BS can lead to...
- Information technology, MS

Political science, BA can lead to...
- Global security, MA 
- Global security (cybersecurity), MA
- Political psychology, MA

Political science, BS can lead to...
- Global security, MA
- Global security (cybersecurity), MA
- Political psychology, MA

Global studies, BA can lead to...
- Global security, MA
- Global security (cybersecurity), MA
- Political psychology, MA

History, BA can lead to...
- History, MA

Liberal studies, BA can lead to...
- Liberal studies, MLSt
- Organizational leadership, MS

Organizational leadership, BA can lead to...
- Liberal studies, MLSt
- Organizational leadership, MS

Organizational leadership (project management), BA can lead to...
- Liberal studies, MLSt
- Organizational leadership, MS

Interdisciplinary studies, BA can lead to...
- Liberal studies, MLSt
- Organizational leadership, MS

Interdisciplinary studies (organizational studies), BA can lead to...
- Liberal studies, MLSt
- Organizational leadership, MS

Technical communication (user experience), BS can lead to...
- User experience, MS

Mechanical engineering, BSE can lead to...
- Materials science and engineering, MS

Graphic information technology (user experience), BS can lead to...
- Graphic information technology, MS
- User experience, MS

Graphic information technology (full-stack web development), BS can lead to...
- Graphic information technology, MS  

Human systems engineering (user experience), BS can lead to...
- User experience, MS

Graphic information technology, BS can lead to...
- Graphic information technology, MS 

Graphic information technology, BAS can lead to...
- Graphic information technology, MS

Internet and web development, BAS can lead to...
- Graphic information technology, MS

Criminology and criminal justice, BS can lead to...
- Criminal justice, MA

Public service and public policy (emergency management and homeland security), BS can lead to...
- Emergency management and homeland security, MA

Global management, BGM can lead to...
- Applied leadership and management, MALM

International trade, BS can lead to...
- Applied leadership and management, MALM 

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