November. 20, 2017

Cleveland State University offers accelerated 4 +1 graduate program

By Jamia Richardson

Cleveland State University has adopted a new accelerated graduate program developed over the past three years so that students can receive both a master’s and bachelor’s degree in five years instead of the traditional six.

Known as the 4+1 Accelerated Graduate Program, it gives students the option of having a head start on graduate school.

The start of the program includes taking graduate-level courses in the fourth year of the student’s undergraduate career. Twelve credit hours of graduate courses apply to both the bachelor’s and the master’s degree.

After the 12 shared credit hour courses are completed, students finish their last school year taking graduate courses to complete their course load in a five-year span.

There are roughly 16 accelerated graduate programs offered at Cleveland State, two of which are in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. The two programs include a bachelor’s in communication and a master’s degree in applied communication theory and methodology or the international relations and global interactions 4+1 accelerated program.

“I love the program and think that it is a great way to get my toes wet and get prepared for a full year of grad school,” said Alison Brock, a student in the 4+1 communication program.

“I think it’s a great way to learn what is expected of me and what a master’s is really about.”     

The requirements for each program differ as well as the application process. Some applications may go through Cleveland State’s Campus 411 while others may go through the specific college. Some require student’s scores from the Graduate Record Examination or “GRE,” a test similar to the ACT or SAT.

Others might require letters of recommendation. Overall, students must average a 3.25 cumulative GPA and must maintain that through the program.

To learn more about the program, visit the college’s administration office to take the first steps in applying to the program.


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