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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.

 

Complete CJA or OL programs anywhere in the world

Beginning in Fall 2017, Criminal Justice Administration will join Organizational Leadership as the only two 4+1 programs with graduate coursework 100 percent online. This means that students in the CJA or OL 4+1 programs will still graduate in four years with a bachelor’s degree, but with flexible online courses, they won’t need to stay on campus for another year to complete the master’s program. You’ll have the freedom to pursue career or other interests around the world, knowing that no matter where your life and career take you, you’ll be able to earn your master’s degree from Mercyhurst.

 

Read on for more information on the 4+1 programs available at Mercyhurst.

 

NEW - ANY Major + Data Science

Major: Most majors are elligible for this 4 +1 Program. Interested students will want to speak to their academic advisor, as well as schedule a meeting with an admission counselor from the Office of Graduate Studies.

How it works: Students of the 4+1 Data Science program will take four to five graduate-level courses (12-15 credits) during their junior and senior years at the Ridge College. These credits will count toward the master's degree, but will be billed at the undergraduate flat rate. Students will graduate with at least 120 undergraduate credits to earn a bachelor’s degree. As a graduate student, students must complete either 21 or 26 credits during the fifth year, charged at the graduate rate. Students may have to complete an online graduate course prior to both the junior and senior years to finish the 4+1 Data Science program in five years. Summer courses will be charged at the graduate credit rate.

Cost Savings: A student enrolled in this program may save up to 67 percent off his or her graduate tuition. That's an average cost savings between $8,832-$11,040. The average master's degreeholder will earn an extra $403,000 during his or her lifetime according to research conducted by caseyresearch.com.

Graduate Degree: Data Science

Enrollment Process: 

Apply by April 30 of your sophomore year. To apply:

  • Complete the Data Science 4+1 application
  • Submit student copy of Mercyhurst transcript and any other colleges/universities attended
  • Identify two Mercyhurst faculty members as academic references
  • Submit an essay of 300-500 words outlining the personal, professional, and educational goals
  • Submit a resume or curriculum vitae
  • Complete the Data Science 4+1 contract

Program Directors: M. Afzal Upal | 814-824-2117

 

Criminal Justice + Criminal Justice Administration

Major: Criminal Justice

How it works: A student completes up to four graduate-level courses (12 credits) that fulfill graduate degree requirements during his or her junior and senior years in addition to the course work necessary to earn a bachelor's degree. After the student graduates with his or her bachelor’s degree, the student will then complete 21 graduate credits online during the fifth year as a graduate student. Over the course of the final year, the student completes seven graduate courses. In total, students earn 121 undergraduate credits and 33 graduate credits. This is a full-time program.

Cost savings: The 12 graduate credits taken during the student’s junior and senior years are billed at an undergraduate flat-rate. That equates to a savings of $7,656 in graduate tuition ($638/graduate credit). Whereas a traditional graduate student will pay $21,054 to complete his or her degree in two years; it will take a 4+1 student one year and $13,398 to complete his or her master’s degree. That’s a 36 percent savings!

Graduate Degree: Criminal Justice Administration

Enrollment Process:  Fill out the top portion of the Criminal Justice Administration 4+1 Application Form, then contact the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education at 814-824-3351 to schedule an appointment.

Program Director: Maria Garase | 814-824-3675

 

ANY Major + Organizational Leadership (MSOL)

Major: Most majors are eligible for the 4 +1 Program. Interested students will want to speak to their academic advisor and schedule a meeting with the 4+1 MSOL advisor, Ann Zaphiris.

How it works: A student who pursues the 4+1 MSOL program will take between 6-9 graduate credits during his or her junior and senior years. The fifth year will require the student to enroll full-time beginning the summer immediately following graduation. The remaining graduate courses will be completed during summer, fall and spring semesters. Classified as a graduate student during the fifth and final year, the student will have earned 33 graduate credits to complete the master’s degree.

Cost savings: The six to nine graduate credits earned during the student’s junior and senior years are billed at an undergraduate flat-rate. That equates to a savings of between $3,828-$5,742 in graduate tuition ($638/graduate credit). Whereas a traditional graduate student will pay $21,054 to complete his or her degree in two years; it will take a 4+1 student one year to complete the program, while only paying between $15,312-$17,226 in graduate tuition. That’s up to a 27% savings!

Graduate Degree: Organizational Leadership

Enrollment Process:  Fill out the top portion of the Organizational Leadership 4+1 Application Form, then contact the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education at 814-824-3351 to schedule an appointment.

Program Director: Ann Zaphiris | 814-824-3685

 

 Select Majors + Secondary Education

Majors: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, History, Math, Physics and Social Studies-related majors

How it works: The student takes two graduate courses during his or her junior and/or senior years (6 credits). After graduation, the student begins the graduate program immediately to finish the remaining 30 graduate credits over the next 12 months.

Cost savings: The 6 graduate courses taken during the student’s junior and senior years are billed at an undergraduate flat-rate. A traditional graduate student will pay $22,968 in graduate tuition, while spending two years in the program. A 4+1 student will finish the 30 graduate credits in one year, spending only $19,140 in graduate tuition. That’s a 16% cost savings in graduate tuition.

Graduate Degree: Secondary Education

Enrollment Process: Schedule a meeting with the program director. After you've determined your concentration, fill out a 'major change' form with the registrar's office. You'll need to formally apply to the secondary education graduate program during your final undergraduate semester.

Program Director: Amy Burniston | 814-824-2437

 

 

Any Major + Special Education

Major: Most majors are eligible for this 4+1 program. Interested students should speak to their academic advisor, as well as schedule a meeting with an admissions counselor from the Office of Graduate Studies.

How it works: The student takes the graduate course Professional, Legal, Ethical Practice during his or her junior year and the graduate course Behavior Management during senior year. After graduation, the student begins the graduate program immediately to finish the remaining graduate credits over the next 12 months.

Cost savings: The two graduate courses taken during the student’s junior and senior years are billed at an undergraduate flat rate. A traditional graduate student will pay $22,968 in graduate tuition, while spending two years in the program. A 4+1 student will finish the graduate credits in one year, spending only $19,140 in graduate tuition. That’s a 16 percent cost savings in graduate tuition.

Graduate Degree: Special Education and Applied Disability Studies (concentrations in English Language Learners, autism studies, or applied behavior analysis)

Enrollment Process: Fill out the top portion of the Special Education 4+1 Application Form, then contact the Office of Graduate & Continuing Education at 814-824-3351 to schedule an appointment.

Program Director: Phil Belfiore | 814-824-2267

 

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Phone: 814-824-3351 or 814-824-2297