Accelerated 4+1 degree programs
Earn a bachelor’s and master’s in five years
The Fulton Schools accelerated degree (4+1) programs offers our top undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree at an accelerated rate. This saves students time and money while boosting their career potential.
Eligible and admitted students in an approved undergraduate degree program have the ability to share (double count) courses between their undergraduate and graduate degrees. After completion of the undergraduate degree, these students transition directly into the corresponding graduate degree program with up to 9 credit hours earned.
Already admitted to a 4+1 program?
Congratulations! Contact our 4+1 accelerated programs advisors for assistance.
Which accelerated master’s degrees can I pursue?
If you are a manufacturing engineering, BS major, you can earn one of the following accelerated master’s degrees:
Manufacturing engineering, MS
Students in the manufacturing engineering master’s program will develop technical expertise in manufacturing processes or manufacturing systems and management.
Robotics and autonomous systems (systems engineering), MS
By pursuing a master’s degree in robotics and autonomous systems (systems engineering), students will gain in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical experience in the development and control of robotic platforms and autonomous systems.
Earning a master’s degree in Engineering from the The Polytechnic School will prepare you to apply analytical expertise across disciplinary boundaries, with direct applications of advanced design principles to system design, management and control.
Accelerated 4+1 programs details
- 75 credit hours completed towards a bachelor’s degree (if transfer student, must be at term 6 on major map) to be considered for admission
- 90 credit hours completed before starting to share credits
- Cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher
- Complete applicant agreement (see advising office for an appointment)
- International students must meet English Proficiency requirements or have completed 90 credit hours of undergraduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 at ASU
Eligible students must follow the Application Process to be considered for admission. Admission is not guaranteed.
- Students must complete an applicant agreement (contact Advising for the form). This must be approved prior to the start of sharing classes or receiving overrides for 500-level class(es).
- Once agreement is approved, the student is eligible to start enrolling in shared classes.
- Students with an approved 4+1 agreement on file will submit the Graduate Admission application once the term of application (term after BS graduation) opens up. The Graduate Admissions Application is available at asu.edu/graduate/apply. Spring applications will open February 1 in the year prior while Fall applications will open September 1 the year prior.
- Be sure to select the appropriate degree program, campus, and start term during the application process. There are no refunds and applications cannot be moved from one program to another. Students must be admitted by School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks and ASU Graduate Admission Services before the end of the bachelor’s program in order to share—double count—courses.
- Upload professional resume and statement of purpose.
Your professional resume and personal statement will be uploaded as Word or PDF files. The statement should be no more than two pages, include your goals and objectives in applying to the accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program, and any accomplishments that support admission to the accelerated degree program.
Eligible students must follow the application process to be considered for admission. Admission is not guaranteed. Students must maintain the 4+1 GPA policy in order to stay active in the 4+1 program and be eligible to move into the graduate program.
Students in the School of Manufacturing Systems and Networks accelerated bachelor/masters programs are required to maintain a minimum 3.2 cumulative undergraduate ASU GPA on a 4.0 scale, at the time of application and through the completion of the undergraduate degree requirements. In addition, students in the accelerated bachelor/masters programs are also required to maintain a 3.0 GPA for all coursework on the graduate plan of study (including shared 400-level courses) and all 500-level coursework.
Students in the accelerated program who, upon their undergraduate graduation date, do not maintain a minimum 3.2 cumulative undergraduate ASU GPA on a 4.0 scale will be able to continue into the graduate portion of the accelerated program, but will neither be able to share the credits noted on the 4+1 Agreement nor be able to select other courses to share. Students in this situation will still need to complete the full requirements of their respective graduate degree.
Students in the accelerated program who do not maintain a 3.0 minimum GPA in their shared coursework will be placed on probation upon entering the graduate program. Students in this situation will be notified of their probation status and the steps needed to lift the probation.
Students who violate both requirements will not be permitted to continue on to the graduate portion of the 4+1 Accelerated Program and will consequently be removed from both the 4+1 Accelerated Program as well as the respective graduate program.
If you are admitted to one of the qualifying undergraduate degree programs listed above, contact your undergraduate advisor to discuss your interest in pursuing a 4+1 program!