MSTP 4+1

Accelerated Masters Degree Programs

Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's (4+1) Degree Program

Available only to undergraduate students in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Social Transformation

The Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (4+1) Degree Program allows undergraduate students in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and the School of Social Transformation to start master’s level course work toward their Master of Science and Technology Policy degree as an undergraduate student, and complete both degrees in five years. They will be able to share 12 hours across both programs. This means that 4+1 students will be able to complete the bachelor's/master’s program with 138 hours as opposed to 150 hours.

In this program, students will earn a bachelor’s degree in one of the programs listed below and a Master of Science and Technology Policy (MSTP).

Undergraduate students enrolled in the one of the six undergraduate programs listed above may apply for admission to the Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s (4+1) Degree Program.

  • Students are eligible to submit the Pre-Application form (see Application Process) when they have completed at least 75 semester hours in their undergraduate degree. 
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better on a 4.0 grading scale is required at the time of application to the program.
  • Students must also maintain a GPA of 3.2 at the time of admission to the Master of Science and Technology Policy.
  • Students with an approved Pre-Application are eligible to begin graduate coursework after successfully completing 90 credit hours of coursework towards their undergraduate degree program. 
  • For official university reporting purposes, students will be considered as undergraduates until the Bachelor’s degree is awarded.

What are the benefits of the 4+1 program?
Students with a master’s degree have a competitive edge in the marketplace and increase their earning potential. Students enrolled in the 4+1 program will also save time because they will be able to earn a master’s degree in just one year, saving on tuition. Finally, students will be able to gain foundation skills and real-world experience in science and technology policy through the core courses, applied project and internship.

Application process
Students must meet all admission criteria established by the academic unit and the Graduate College, except the completion of the baccalaureate degree.  Only admission for fall semesters will be considered due to the sequential nature of the required core courses for the master’s program, which are offered as HSD 501 in fall and HSD 502 in spring. The Program Chair for the Master of Science and Technology Policy and the undergraduate faculty director in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society/School of Social Transformation jointly review students for admission to the accelerated program, based on the recommendations of the MSTP admissions committee.

Students interested in applying should consult the Information Sheet specific to their undergraduate major, and submit an Accelerated Program Pre-Application form in the fall or spring term of their undergraduate junior year. Please indicate clearly which accelerated program you are applying for:

  • BA in Innovation in Society/MSTP
  • BS in Innovation in Society/MSTP
  • BA in Justice Studies/MSTP
  • BS in Justice Studies /MSTP
  • BA in African and African American Studies /MSTP
  • BA in Women and Gender Studies /MSTP

When the Pre-Application is approved, the student will be allowed to take graduate level coursework during the fall and spring terms of the undergraduate senior year. 

During fall term of the senior year the student should submit the on-line Graduate Admissions Application for the Master of Science and Technology Policy found on the Graduate College website. The student must apply and pay the application fee for the term and year they plan to start their graduate career between the two programs. Please answer the question on the application indicating that you are applying for the accelerated 4+1 program and specify your undergraduate program. 

The following supporting documents must be submitted with the online Graduate College application for the Master of Science and Technology Policy: 

  • Resume
  • Personal Statement of Interest
  • Transcripts for all universities and colleges outside ASU
  • Three letters of recommendation -- two from faculty in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society verifying the applicant’s readiness and probable success in completing the program, and one from a referee of the student’s choosing

The Graduate College processes the application and once the file is complete, it will be released to the academic unit for a recommendation.  The application then goes through the MSTP admissions review.  A personal interview with the Admissions Committee, a member of the Admissions Committee, or the Program Director may be required if additional information is needed to determine eligibility for admissions to the program. 

Degree requirements

  • After successfully completing 90 undergraduate credit hours, the student will start taking graduate courses during the fall and spring terms of senior year
  • Course requirements are the same as the regular MSTP program
  • Take up to 12 hours of the MSTP degree course work during fall and spring terms of the senior year
  • Of the 12 credit hours for the master's taken as an undergraduate, at least six hours must be 500-level or above, and a maximum of six hours may be 400-level
  • You must complete the bachelor’s degree and graduate within 12 months of admission to the MSTP graduate program
  • Once you complete your undergraduate degree and begin the graduate portion of your career, you are considered a regular master’s student and MSTP program requirements apply
  • An undergraduate honors' thesis may not be substituted for the master’s applied project.
  • Satisfactory academic progress requirements for the MSTP 4+1 program will follow the ones currently set up for MSTP graduate students 

Academic progress
Satisfactory academic progress requirements to remain in the 4+1 Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program are outlined below. Students must complete all requirements for the Bachelor’s degree in their major and the requirements for the Master of Science and Technology Policy.

Once admitted to the 4+1 Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree Program, continued enrollment is contingent on, but not limited to, the student completing their Undergraduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.2 within one year of being admitted to the 4+1 (Accelerated) degree program.

After completion of the bachelor’s degree, the student is admitted into the master’s program.  All 4+1 students at the master’s level are expected to make systematic progress towards completion of their degree.  This progress includes meeting the conditions listed below and achieving the benchmarks and requirements set by the individual degree program.  If a student fails to meet the requirements and/or benchmarks of their degree program, the student may be withdrawn from their program based on recommendations submitted by the academic unit to the Graduate College.

To be considered as making satisfactory progress toward the master’s degree objective, a student must:

  • Remain continuously enrolled in the degree program.
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all classes included in the master’s Program of Study

(Those students who have not yet filed a program of study must maintain a combined GPA of 3.0 or higher for all courses taken since entering the current degree program and all courses numbered 500 and above completed since the last degree.)

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in all classes on their transcript numbered 500 or above
  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Meet all DEADLINES for the program:
  • Selection of Supervisory Committee Chair
  • Completion and filing of the Plan of Study
  • Successful completion of the MSTP Professional Development Seminar
  • Completion and submittal of the Applied Project Proposal
  • Successful completion of the Applied Project
  • Successful completion of the Applied Project Presentation
  • Submission of the Report of Final Master’s Culminating Experience form
  • Meet the stated time limit for graduation from the degree program as shown on the Graduate College web site.

If you have questions or would like more information on the 4+1 degree program and/or the application process, please contact:

Dr. Jameson Wetmore
Associate Professor and Associate Director for Academic Programs
School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Elisha Thompson
Undergraduate Coordinator
School for the Future of Innovation in Society

Andra Williams
Graduate Coordinator
School for the Future of Innovation in Society