For UMass Amherst students, the 4+1 option can be accelerated and up to 12 graduate credits (4 courses) from one of the specialized master’s programs can be taken while students complete their undergraduate degree, and depending on the program, up to 6 credits (2 courses) may be allowed to double-count for both the undergraduate degree and the graduate degree.* The accelerated 4+1 allows students to complete their undergraduate degree and a specialized master's degree in 5 years or less.**
Undergraduate students who wish to accelerate their 4+1 program, should apply to one of the Isenberg specialized master’s programs in their junior year or early in their senior year.
Benefits of the accelerated 4+1 option are provided below:
- Efficiency: Complete your undergraduate and graduate degree in less than 5 years
- Cost savings: Double count up to 6 credits toward your undergraduate and graduate degrees (Does not apply to the MSA due to CPA Exam requirements)
- Internship opportunities: Start taking graduate courses early and secure an internship in the summer after you complete your undergraduate degree
- Career opportunities: Be better prepared to interview for jobs in the fall when you officially start your master's program
**UWW graduate tuition rates will apply for all graduate level courses taken. Visit the individual program tuition and aid pages for more information.