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4+1 Accelerated ProgramYou can accomplish a lot in five years

Pursue a master’s degree in less time and with less financial commitment.

The accelerated degree (4+1) program offers our top undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree at an accelerated rate.

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 or 12 credit hours earned (credit hours dependent upon program).

Eligible Programs

Aviation Management and Human Factors  

Undergraduate Degrees: 

BS Aeronautical Management Technology with the following concentration:

  • Air Traffic Management
  • Air Transportation Management
  • Professional Flight
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems

Graduate Degree:

MS Tech in Technology (Aviation Management and Human Factors)


Undergraduate Degrees:

BSE Engineering with the following concentrations:

  • Automotive Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering Systems
  • Robotics

Graduate Degree:

MS Engineering

MSTech (Management of Technology)

Environmental & Resource Management  

Undergraduate Degree:

BS Environmental & Resource Management

Graduate Degree:

MS Environmental & Resource Management


Graphic Information Technology  

Undergraduate Degrees:

BS Graphic Information Technology

BS Graphic Information Technology (Gaming)

BAS (Graphic Information Technology)

BAS (Internet & Web Development)


Graduate Degree: 

MS in Graphic Information Technology

Human Systems Engineering  

Undergraduate Degrees: 

BS Industrial & Organizational Psychology

BS Human Systems Engineering

BS Human Systems Engineering (User Experience)


Graduate Degree: 

MS Human Systems Engineering

Information Technology  

Undergraduate Degree:

BS Information Technology

Graduate Degree:

MS Information Technology


Management of Technology  

Undergraduate Degree:

BS Technological Entrepreneurship and Management (on-campus only)

Graduate Degree: 

MS Tech in Technology (Management of Technology)


Manufacturing Engineering  

Undergraduate Degrees:

BS Manufacturing Engineering

BSE Engineering with the following concentrations:

  • Automotive Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering Systems
  • Robotics

Graduate Degree:

MS Manufacturing Engineering


4+1 Program Options Outside of The Polytechnic School

Undergraduate Degree Graduate Degree

BA Business (Global Agribusiness), offered through Morrison School of Agribusiness

BA Environmental ScienceBS Environmental Science, offered through the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

MS Environmental & Resource Management

MS Environmental & Resource Management (Water Management)

BSE Engineering with the following concentrations:

  • Automotive Systems
  • Electrical Systems
  • Mechanical Engineering Systems
  • Robotics
MAEd Secondary Education (Teacher Certification), offered through Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College
BSE Engineering (Electrical Systems) PSM Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization, offered through Fulton Schools of Engineering – SEMTE
BS Technological Entrepreneurship and Management MS Global Technology & Development, offered through the School for Future of Innovation in Society

Program Requirements

  • 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)
  • Letter(s) of recommendation
  • 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.

Application Process

  1. Students must complete an applicant agreement (The Polytechnic School form). This should be approved before moving on to step #2.
  2. Once agreement is approved, students should submit the Graduate Admission application within two weeks. Graduate Admissions Application is available at Be sure to select the appropriate degree program during the application process. There are no refunds and applications cannot be moved from one program to another. Students must be admitted by The Polytechnic School and ASU Graduate Admission before the first day of classes to share—double count—courses.
  • Pay application fee.
  • 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.
  • Faculty letter(s) of recommendation.

Some programs will require you to submit the recommenders information electronically through the application system. You will be prompted for the name, title, and email address for each of your three recommenders. Other programs will require the letter of recommendation to be submitted directly to Graduate Admission Services. The letters will be shared with the faculty admissions committee for review. At least one recommender must be faculty within your program.

Eligible students must follow the Application Process to be considered for admission. Admission is not guaranteed.


If you are admitted to one of the qualifying undergraduate degree programs listed above, be sure to discuss your interest with your undergraduate advisor. If you have any further questions or want to learn more about the application process, please contact our Advising Services Office (480-727-1874) to schedule an appointment with the 4+1 advisor.

Admitted 4+1 Student

Congratulations on your acceptance into a 4+1 program in the Polytechnic School, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering! We are excited to have you in our program and we look forward to working with you as you complete both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Please contact our 4+1 advisor if you have any questions.

Grades and Academic Performance Standards | 4+1

Students in the 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.