Apply to an Accelerated/4+1 Degree Program

Thank you for your interest in Binghamton University's accelerated/4+1 degree programs. We look forward to receiving your application. 

Use these application instructions if you are a current Binghamton University undergraduate student applying to an accelerated/4+1 degree program (with the exception of current SOM students applying for the MBA 4+1 program). Noting that there are two unique parts to the application process.

  1. Declare your intent to apply.

    During your sophomore or junior year, you will declare your intent to apply to an accelerated/4+1 degree program by completing the 4+1 Intent Application, located on your my.binghamton portal. After completion of the form the graduate program to which you are applying will review your application and provide you with a decision. If your intent is accepted you will then be able to register for graduate coursework during your senior year of study.  Should you have specific questions regarding coursework or application materials which may be required, please reach out to the academic department to which you are applying. 

  2. Don’t forget to submit the online application for graduate studies, and all required application materials

    During your senior year (88+ undergraduate credits), you will formally apply to the Graduate School. We recommend you begin the application process at least one month before your program's application deadline, but no later than the first day of classes for the semester in which you wish to begin your graduate studies. Check with your department to find out if there are any special deadlines for accelerated/4+1 degree program applicants.

    Complete the Online Application
    Submit the 4+1 Graduate Application, located on your my.binghamton portal or the Accelerated Graduate Degree Application for Admission on the “Home” tab on BU Brain. 


    • As a service to our 4+1 applicants OGRA will pull your official BU transcript and will add it to your application.

    Note: If you are an international student who holds, or hopes to obtain, an F-1 or J-1 visa, you must submit the International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form and financial documentation. For more information, review the additional admission requirements for international students.

  3. Pay the application fee.

    After the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions (OGRA) receives your application, you will be able to pay your application fee. OGRA only reviews applications for which the $75 (USD) non-refundable accelerated/4+1 degree program application fee was successfully paid. Start by activating your account, then follow the instructions to reset your password, log into your new graduate application status page and submit your application fee payment.

    You can use a Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express credit card. Your credit card bill serves as your receipt.

    Application Fee Waivers

    We are happy to be able to grant application fee waivers to CSTEP, EOP, HEOP, LSAMP Program, Project 1000, SEEK Program or TRIO Program (McNair Scholars Program, Student Support Services, Upward Bound, etc.) students. Please provide a certified letter from your program official attesting to your participation. Documents can be uploaded directly on the application or by emailing

    GEM Fellowship applicants are eligible for an Application Fee Waiver until January 15th only. Submit a copy of your GEM interface homepage indicating that your overall application status is complete. Documents can be uploaded directly on the application or by emailing

    United States Armed Forces veterans and active duty service members are also eligible for an application fee waiver. Please submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD Form 214) or your Status Report Pursuant to Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (as downloaded from Documents can be uploaded directly on the application or by emailing them to

    Academic departments may periodically offer to pay the application fee dependent upon students’ academic eligibility, enrollment needs of the department and other extraordinary situations.  Review your department’s webpage for any fee waiver eligibility information. If you still have questions, or if this information is not available, we recommend you reach out to your academic department. Prior to any possible departmental consideration, applicants should begin their application and submit minimally their transcripts, personal statement and resume well in advance of the program’s deadline. After uploading those documents, inform your academic department.

    Note: A request for an application fee waiver may take 2 to 3 business days to process. Please wait for an email stating that your request has been approved before submitting your application. If you have any questions about this process, contact

  4. Receive your admission decision.

    Once an admission decision has been made, you will receive an email from the Office of Graduate Recruitment and Admissions. (Add "" to your email address book or contact list. Don't forget to check your spam folder!) If you have been accepted, you will also receive an admission letter.

  5. If accepted, confirm your intent to continue at Binghamton University.

    Confirm your intent to continue as a graduate student by following the instructions in your admission email and letter. After you confirm your intent to continue, and have been awarded your bachelor’s degree, your student status will transition to graduate level. Then, before the semester begins, take the steps outlined in your admission email and letter. See the New Student webpage for general information for new graduate students.

  6. Enrollment Deposit

    As an additional perk of being an admitted 4+1 student the enrollment deposit requirement is waived.