4+1 Bachelor’s to Master's Programs
EARN A BACHELOR'S AND MASTER'S DEGREE IN LESS TIME THAN IT WOULD TAKE TO COMPLETE EACH INDIVIDUALLY!
Often referred to as 4+1, exceptional students who are committed to earning a master's degree can reduce the time it takes to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees by applying to a Bachelor’s to Master’s program.
The program allows qualified students to begin a master's program during their senior year while still completing their bachelor's degree. By doing so, students can earn both degrees in a shorter amount of time than completing both individually.
Compared to a traditional path to a master's degree, the Bachelor’s to Master’s (4+1) program allows you to save both time and money through an accelerated course of study.
PROGRAMS OF STUDY
The list of participating departments and programs changes periodically. If you are interested in earning a 4+1 degree in a program that is not listed, we encourage you to discuss the possibility with your academic advisor.
Currently, Bachelor to Master’s options are available in the following areas of study:
Dept. of Aviation and Transportation Studies
Dept. of Biology
Dept. of Chemistry
Dept. of Engineering, Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Dept. of Education
Dept. of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
Dept. of Physics
College of Business (COB) Fast Track
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS AND APPLICATION PROCESS
Students should have a strong academic record and demonstrate a commitment to pursue graduate study. Prior to applying to the program, meet with your academic adviser to discuss your long-term goals and determine whether the Bachelor’s to Master’s (4+1) program is the right choice for you.
Each department can sets its own admission requirements and policies. However, the admission process generally follows the steps below. Note that some departments recommend you apply to the Bachelor’s to Master’s (4+1) program as early as the first semester of your junior year.
- Departments may determine program-specific prerequisites for admission in addition to University requirements.
- The student must complete at least 75 credit hours and have a 3.0 cumulative GPA before they are permitted to apply and be formally accepted into a University approved bachelor's to master's degree program.
- The student must complete an application, which can be found on the Records & Registration page in the myLewis portal. Final approval is granted by the School of Graduate, Professional, and Continuing Education.
- Additional evidence of readiness such as faculty recommendations, or higher GPA may be necessary for certain programs.
Talk to your academic advisor for further information.