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Earn Two Degrees in One with the Washkewicz 4+1 Program

The 4+1 program allows students the option of taking up to three courses (12 credits) of their undergraduate degree requirements as graduate courses.  When (and if) a student starts the master's program, there will be 12 graduate credits already completed!

If you are an honors student, you may already have met some of the requirements, so you are especially encouraged to apply to the 4+1 program.

How it works

  1. You are eligible if you have junior standing as an undergraduate student and a GPA of 3.0 or better. You need to maintain 3.0 until receiving the undergraduate degree.
  2. Substitute up to three graduate courses for undergraduate courses.
  3. After graduation, you will be automatically admitted to the graduate program.
  4. If you decide not to start or complete the graduate program, that is fine. 
  5. Your 12 graduate credits will expire if you do not enroll in a graduate course within three semesters after receiving the undergraduate degree.  This means you can work for 12 months after getting your BS, and then return to CSU for the remainder of your MS degree.
  6. If you have a light schedule in your senior undergraduate year, you can request permission for up to two additional graduate courses (8 credits) which will transfer to the graduate program. Those courses will not count for the undergraduate degree requirements.
  7. The MS degree typically requires a total of 30 credits (thesis option) or 33 credits (non-thesis option).  For details, see

Application process

Click here to apply to 4+1 Program.

If you have further questions, contact the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Student Affairs: Dr. Brian L. Davis.