4+1 programs allow students to complete a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in just five calendar years instead of six. Qualified students may accelerate their careers by beginning graduate level courses in the fourth year of undergraduate study. A maximum of 12 credit hours of approved courses are shared between the bachelor’s and the master’s degree. Upon completion of the credit hours required for the baccalaureate degree, students continue their graduate course work full time, in order to finish their undergraduate and graduate degrees in five calendar years.
Juniors and seniors (60 or more undergraduate credits, with at least 30 earned at CSU) may apply by completing the 4+1 application. Students must meet the individual program’s admission requirements.
How to Apply
Submit letters of recommendation, test scores, or other materials if required directly to your academic department. The $40 graduate application fee is waived.
The Director of the 4+1 program in your department will send a letter of acceptance or denial to you. The Registrar’s Office will make changes to your record to reflect your 4+1 status, and will create an application for admission to the graduate portion of your program for the first regular term following the scheduled completion of your bachelor’s degree.
Once you have been accepted to a 4+1 program, you should consult your academic advisor about your program of study. You will be able to register for 500-level graduate courses without obtaining special permission and can double-count up to twelve (12) semester hours of 500-level classes for both the undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Upon completion of the bachelor’s degree, you will automatically be admitted to the master’s program for the next regular term, provided you have completed all 500-level classes with a grade of B or better and have met other requirements as set by the program. Spring or Summer graduates must begin the master’s program by the next Fall semester; Fall graduates must start in the next Spring semester. The double-counted courses will be transferred to your graduate record once you have completed one semester as a graduate student.