accelerated degree bachelors masters the claremont colleges four plus one program

 

4+1: ACCELERATED DEGREE PROGRAM

For undergraduate students at the Claremont Colleges:
Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, Pomona, Scripps, and Harvey Mudd.

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HOW DOES IT WORK?

The 4+1 Accelerated Degree Program (Bachelors/Masters) program offers significant benefits in obtaining a graduate degree on an accelerated track. Regardless of your career path, a graduate degree can open many doors and enhance professional options.

Benefits

  • Earn an MA, MPH, MBA, or MS degree in half the time
  • Save up to a year of tuition (and a year of your life)
  • Maintain continuity with faculty and research facilities
  • Gain a competitive edge in the marketplace and increase your earning potential
  • Financial Aid/Fellowship for the year of graduate study at CGU (upon eligibility)

Program Timeline

    JUNIOR YEAR:

  • Fall Semester: Speak to both your faculty advisor and a CGU admissions advisor to ensure that all prerequisite and degree requirements can be met.
  • By January: Complete and submit application to the CGU Admissions Office.
  • Mid-March/Early April: Receive notification of admission decision from CGU.
  • Mid-April/Early May: Pre-registration for fall semester begins. Look online for CGU course you want to take, then obtain instructor permission and register at your undergraduate campus in the same manner you register for your other classes.

    SENIOR YEAR:

  • End of August: Begin taking courses at CGU.
  • Early February: CGU Financial Aid applications are due. You may also be eligible for fellowship funds for the year of full-time study at CGU. Meet with a financial aid counselor and speak with your academic department to explore all funding options.
  • Following Graduation: Summer or Fall semester: Begin full-time enrollment at CGU.
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WHICH PROGRAMS QUALIFY?

Below is a list of all the academic programs you can apply through the 4+1 Program. Each program has individual requirements, duration, and procedures. Please click to email a program representative. They will be happy to answer all of your questions, give you a tour of campus, arrange a meeting with an academic department, or even arrange for you to attend a class or meet with a faculty member:

Program Accepted units  Total for degree Contact
Applied Women’s Studies Up to 8 units 36 units humanities@cgu.edu
Archival Studies* Up to 12 units 48 units humanities@cgu.edu
Arts Management* Up to 12 units 48 units artsmanagement@cgu.edu
Cultural Studies* Up to 12 units 40 units humanities@cgu.edu
Economics* Up to 16 units 48 units spe@cgu.edu
Education Up to 8 units 32 units ses@cgu.edu
Education: Teacher Ed Up to 8 units 36-38 units ses@cgu.edu or www.cgu.edu/4plus1Ed
English* Up to 16 units 40 units humanities@cgu.edu
Financial Engineering* Up to 16 units 48 units drucker@cgu.edu
History* Up to 12 units 40 units humanities@cgu.edu
Information Systems* Up to 12 units 44 units sisat.info@cgu.edu
Management Contact Department Contact Department drucker@cgu.edu
Management (McKenna students) See site See site 4plus1@claremontmckenna.edu
Mathematics Up to 16 units 30-60 units math@cgu.edu
Media Studies Up to 12 units 36 units humanities@cgu.edu
Museum Studies Up to 12 units 36 units humanities@cgu.edu
Music Up to 12 units 34 units music@cgu.edu
Philosophy* Up to 16 units 40 units humanities@cgu.edu
Politics & Policy* Up to 16 units 48 units spe@cgu.edu
Psychology* Up to 8 units 48 units psych@cgu.edu
Public Health* Up to 16 units 48 units scgh@cgu.edu
Religion* Up to 8 units 48 units religion@cgu.edu

*These programs may require more than a year of graduate coursework to complete. Please contact an advisor from the list above for specific details.

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READY TO APPLY?

About the Application Process:

Remember, you should apply to the program in your Junior year so that you can begin coursework at CGU in your senior year. Applications are available through the CGU Office of Admission and Records, on the CGU website, as well as through the CGU academic departments. Click on this link to find out more about our admission process or download our application.

Note: Your application fee is waived because you are a student within the Claremont Consortium. Claremont McKenna students interested in the Robert A. Day 4+1 program (BA/MBA) should seek advisement from and turn in applications to the Robert A. Day Program, located in Bauer Hall.

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TESTIMONIALS

4 plus 1 accelerated degree bachelors masters program student CMC basketball students say: as students in the 4+1 accelerated master's program, we got the opportunity to receive our master's in half the time. You do not find many opportunities elsewhere
4 plus 1 accelerated degree bachelors masters program student Robert Maki says: the program made perfect sense to me, it saved me money, it allowed me to get a head start on graduate coursework, and it helped me earn undergraduate and graduate credits at the same time.
4 plus 1 accelerated degree bachelors masters program student Jennifer Jonhson says: being at the 4 plus 1 program raised the level in my undergraduate work and prepared me for grad school It is very important to find the right academic fit and CGU offered the transdisciplinary approach I was looking for.
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Questions?

We are happy to answer your questions, give you a tour of campus, arrange a meeting with an academic department, or even arrange for you to attend a class or meet with a faculty member.

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