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Accelerated Master's 4+1/4+2

Combined Bachelor's + Master's Degrees

Overview of Accelerated Master's Program

Get a head start on graduate school by earning graduate course credits while completing your bachelor’s degree with Niagara University’s accelerated master’s degrees! 

Niagara University’s accelerated 4+1/4+2 master’s degree programs allow undergraduate students to take graduate-level courses that count toward both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Students can begin taking graduate coursework before officially starting a graduate degree. Students may pursue a graduate degree that differs from their undergraduate major. The minimum requirement for most of the accelerated programs is a 3.0 GPA.


  • Easier transition: The program allows students to start taking graduate courses during their junior year (you can even apply during your sophomore year with approval from department).
  • Shortened timeframe: Students can obtain an undergraduate and a graduate degree in much less time than it takes to complete separate degrees (4+1 = 4 years of undergrad plus 1 year of graduate school | 4+2 = 4 years of undergrad plus 2 years of graduate school).
  • Lower costs: Graduate-level courses taken as an undergraduate are paid for through the undergraduate block tuition rate.
  • Enhanced marketability: Many professions now require a master’s degree for entry-level positions.

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Accelerated Masters 4+1/4+2
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Elaine Moyer
Assistant Director
of Graduate Enrollment