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4+1 Programs

Eligible undergraduate students enrolled at Mercyhurst University can earn a four-year bachelor’s degree and a two-year master’s degree in just five years!

These 4+1 programs help you get ahead by providing the opportunity to take graduate-level courses during your junior and/or senior years. You’ll still graduate on time with your class before seamlessly transitioning to a Master of Science program for one extra year. The skills you’ll develop in these graduate programs complement almost every undergrad major and can be readily applied in any field.

4+1 Eligible Master's Degree Programs

The following master's degree programs offer a 4+1 option for Mercyhurst undergraduate students:

Eligible Mercyhurst Undergraduates

While certain undergraduate majors may seem more relevant than others for these programs, the 4+1 option is intended to be available to any Mercyhurst undergraduate student regardless of their major. For instance, an anthropology major may ultimately want to be a science teacher, so he or she can apply for the secondary ed master's degree. A humanities bachelor's degree, say sociology, paired with a more quantitative master's, such as data science, would look great on your resume'.

In terms of academic credentials, each program reviews applications holistically, but would still prefer you have a Mercyhurst undergraduate GPA of a 3.0 or greater.

How It Works

Depending on your 4+1 program of choice, ideally you will take two to five graduate courses over the course of your junior and senior years. These credits will not count towards your undergraduate requirements, however they will be included in your undergraduate flat rate bill (with the exception of any summer graduate coursework you choose to complete).

Students will still need at least 120 undergraduate credits to earn a bachelor’s degree, but will simultaneously earn 6 to 15 graduate credits during their junior and senior years. This would mean, in most cases, taking 18 credits per semester rather than the generally prescribed 15 credits. Undergraduate students must register and maintain at least 12 undergraduate credits per semester to remain eligible for full-time financial aid.

To schedule an appointment with a graduate admissions counselor to talk about your options, call (814) 824-3351 or email

Cost Savings

Students enrolled in a 4+1 program, or simply taking advanced credit during their senior year, will complete 3 to 15 credits included in their undergraduate flat rate bills. This could result in savings ranging from $2,500 to $13,000+ in graduate tuition and fees! The average master's degree holder will earn an extra $403,000 during his or her lifetime according to research conducted by

Enrollment Process

In order to maximize your time and cost savings, apply by April 30th of your sophomore year; you may apply during your junior or senior year for advanced credit. To apply:

  • Complete the 4+1 Program Application and provide the following:
    • Identify a Mercyhurst faculty member as an academic reference
    • A personal statement of 300-500 words outlining the personal, educational and professional goals (via upload or email to
    • Submit a resume (via upload or email to
  • Graduate admissions will pull your Mercyhurst transcripts and review your application in conjunction with the program director
  • Should you be accepted, an additional active program will be assigned to your academic record
  • Once you've been assigned a 4+1 active program, you'll be eligible to register for the prescribed graduate coursework

More Information

If you're not quite ready to apply, but would like more information, you may: