4+1 accelerated program

Upcoming Application deadlines:

  • Nov 1, 2018 - starting 4+1 Spring 2019 and graduating with BS in December 2019. This is a final deadline date. Students are encouraged to apply sooner.
  • June 1, 2019 - starting 4+1 Fall 2019 and graduating with BS in May 2020. This is a final deadline date. Students are encouraged to apply sooner.

The accelerated BS in Public Service and Public Policy and Master of Public Administration degree program allows high-achieving undergraduate students to apply to the accelerated program once they have completed 81 credit hours of undergraduate coursework.

This will occur typically in the second semester of the students' junior year. To be eligible, students must have a cumulative ASU GPA of 3.4 or higher upon completion of 84 credits.

The accelerated program allows undergraduates in the PSPP major to share 12 credit hours with the Master of Public Administration degree. Potentially, students can complete the additional 30 credits (42 credits total) and graduate with an MPA degree within one calendar year after graduating with the B.S., if enrolled in a full-time status. Students apply to the program in the second semester of their junior year, after completing 84 credit hours. Once admitted as a graduate student, they will take 12 hours of graduate credit in their senior year. 

Example, Spring Start:

  • Apply before November 1, 2018 (if you have completed at least 84 credits).
  • Spring 2019: Start 4+1. Take two graduate courses (6 credits) along with undergraduate course work.
  • Fall 2019: Take another two graduate courses (6 credits) along with undergraduate course work. Graduate December 2019.
  • Spring 2020: Continue in MPA program.

Example, Fall Start:

  • Apply before June 1, 2019 (if you have completed at least 84 credits).
  • Fall 2019: Start 4+1. Take two graduate courses (6 credits) along with undergraduate course work.
  • Spring 2020: Take another two graduate courses (6 credits) along with undergraduate course work. Graduate with Bachelor's May 2019.
  • Summer or Fall 2020: Continue in MPA program.

Program details

Admissions & program policies

  • Admission to the accelerated program does not require completion of the baccalaureate degree, but admission to the MPA program does require completion of the BS degree.
  • Students are considered undergraduates until all BS requirements have been satisfied and the degree has been posted to a student's transcript.
  • Applications are generally submitted at the end of a student's junior year, or at the completion of 84 credit hours.
  • A minimum of 84 credit hours of coursework applicable to the BS degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher must be completed by the end of semester in which the student applies to the accelerated degree program.

Admissions process:

  • Applicants to the accelerated BS-MPA degree program are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 
  • Students must first qualify for the 4+1 program by expressing their interest via email to the Graduate Academic Advisor, Mark Reed, at mbreed@asu.edu

          - Apply by June 1 to begin taking graduate courses the following fall semester
          - Apply by Nov 1 to begin taking graduate classes the following spring semester

  • Once accepted into the accelerated BS-MPA program by the School of Public Affairs, students will be given further instructions to formally apply to the Graduate College (graduate application, 3 letters of recommendation, personal statement of goals).
  • Final acceptance in the accelerated degree program is conditional upon the final demonstration of a GPA of 3.4 or higher in the 84 credit hours of prior undergraduate coursework (or all hours completed at ASU if a transfer student).
  • A student will be dismissed from the accelerated program and returned to the BS program if the student does not maintain satisfactory academic progress before earning the BS degree. 
  • At any time, a student may choose to withdraw from the accelerated program and return to the regular BS program. Withdrawal from the program will not prevent the student from applying to the regular (not accelerated) MPA program in future semesters.
  • Students are in an undergraduate student status until all BS requirements have been satisfied, at which time the MPA degree program will be activated.