4+1 Accelerated MS Programs

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The College of Health Solutions offers the following joint accelerated programs designed to enable highly qualified undergraduate majors to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in five years:

Students accepted into these programs share designated 400 and 500-level coursework, allowing the student to complete both degrees more quickly.

To be eligible for admission to a 4+1 program, a student must:

  • be a declared major in the undergraduate degree corresponding to the desired masters as the time of application
  • have accumulated at least 75 hours toward the undergraduate degree at the time of application; 90 hours are required to begin the program
  • have completed at least six credits of upper-division coursework in the major
  • have at least a 3.0 cumulative ASU GPA at the time of application
  • be on track to graduate with the undergraduate degree two semesters after being accepted into the program (one calendar year later than the acceptance date)

Students who do not meet these criteria may still apply to the MS degree in which they are interested upon graduation with a BS degree.

The application deadline is April 1 of the year prior to participation. Applicants will be notified by email within a week of the application deadline of their admission status. Admitted students must submit an application to Graduate College by June 15 and pay the application fee.

Application Packet

All applications must be submitted to the contact electronically.  Each electronic application packet should be sent in one email and include three attached documents:

  • Copy of unofficial transcript
  • Academic writing sample (2-5 pages)
  • Personal statement (2-5 pages).  Within this statement, identify the faculty member in the major that will serve as the 4+1 advisor.  Be sure to request this of the faculty member before identifying them.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation must be sent directly from the faculty to the contact person in an attached Word document. Two of the letters must be from faculty members in any discipline.  The third letter should be from the faculty that has agreed to serve as the student’s mentor.

  • These programs are designed to be completed in 5 years total.  Students must complete their undergraduate degree within one year after acceptance to this program.  Students not able to complete the undergraduate portion of the degree within four years and the MS degree in one year will not be allowed to remain in the program.
  • Some scholarships and awards may be affected by admission to the 4+1 program, as this changes a student status from undergraduate to graduate. Students are advised to check with the specifications of their awards with the Financial Assistance Office to see if this will affect compensation packages.
  • Students admitted into the 4+1 program are not entitled to teaching assistantships, health insurance, or other graduate awards.
  • Students admitted to the program will be required to attend two meetings annually with the Graduate Director of their unit and their designated faculty mentor.

Biomedical Informatics (BS) / Biomedical Informatics (MS)

Lauren Madjidi

Kinesiology (BS) / Clinical Exercise Physiology (MS)

Chuck Hale