4+1 Bachelor’s to Master's Programs

Earn a Bachelor's and Master's in Just Five Years

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 4+1 program.

The program allows qualified students in selected bachelor's degrees to begin a select master's program during their senior year while still completing their bachelor's degree. By doing so, students can earn both degrees in just five academic years.

Compared to a traditional path to a master's degree, the 4+1 program allows you to save both time and money through an accelerated course of study. Lewis Frequent Flyer Discount applies for graduate-level classes.


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, a 4+1 option is available in the following areas of study:


Admission to a 4+1 program is through the relevant department. You 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 4+1 program is the right choice for you.

Each department sets its own admission requirements and policies. However, the admission process generally follows the steps below. Note that some departments require you to apply to the 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 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 (in myLewis) and be approved by the department. Final approval prior must be granted by the School of Graduate, Professional, and Continuing Education.

  • Student must have and maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher.

  • 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.