4+1 Degree Programs in Anthropology
The 4+1 program is designed for outstanding Binghamton University students who wish to combine either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Anthropology with a Master's degree (either a Master of Arts in Anthropology or a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Anthropology).
BA/BS + MA Anthropology
BA/BS Anthropology + MS Biomedical Anthropology
A new 4+1 program now allows students to combine a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Integrative Neuroscience with a Master of Science (MS) degree in Biomedical Anthropology in just five years total. The Application for Admission to 4+1 program
BS in Integrative Neuroscience + MS in Biomedical Anthropology
The Application for admission to the IN/MS 4+1 program
Application and Admissions Process
Students apply to the 4+1 program no earlier than their fourth semester of undergraduate study (second semester of sophomore year), and generally not later than the sixth semester of undergraduate study (second semester of the junior year). Applications from students in their final year of undergraduate study will also occasionally be considered.
After a review of your application, you will be required to interview with the 4+1 Program Admissions Committee, consisting of the Department of Anthropology's undergraduate director, graduate director, and department chair. For students pursuing the IN+Biomedical MS program, the committee will also include a representative from the Integrative Neuroscience program. Each applicant will be contacted by email shortly after the application submission to schedule the interview.
Admissions applications are competitively evaluated on the basis of the quality of grades, references, an applicant statement of intent, and the interview. Applicants are advised that acceptance into the 4+1 Program is highly competitive, with a limited number of applicants accepted into the program each year. Applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee's decision within two weeks after the interview.
There is no specific deadline. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
Program 1 BA/BS + MA Anthropology or BA/BS + MS Biomedical Anthropology
Anthropology majors interested in applying to the 4+1 program should first meet with the undergraduate director in anthropology to discuss the program. Students must have an exceptional academic record, including a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5. Applicants must also submit two letters from faculty attesting to the student's potential in a graduate program.
Program 2 BS Integrative Neuroscience + MS Biomedical Anthropology
Integrative Neuroscience majors interested in pursuing the 4+1 Program in Integrative Neuroscience and Anthropology should first meet with the IN undergraduate advisor (Science IV, Suite 175) to discuss the program. On the recommendation of the IN undergraduate director, students will fill out an application to be submitted to the anthropology undergraduate director. Students must have an exceptional academic record, including a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and 3.3 GPA within the IN major. Applicants must also submit two letters from faculty attesting to the student's potential in a graduate program.
A complete Application for Admission to the 4+1 program should include all of the following:
The applicant's official Binghamton University transcript as well as transcripts from any other colleges or universities the applicant has attended.
- A current resume or curriculum vitae
- A brief statement of intent (1-2 pages) explaining the applicant’s interest in the program, the areas of anthropology that most interest them, whether they have specific interests they might like to pursue for their biomedical anthropology internship, and what their professional plans are after receiving their master’s degree.
- Two letters of recommendation from Binghamton University faculty members. One of the letters must be from a faculty member in the anthropology department. For students applying to the IN/MS 4+1 program, the other letter must be from a faculty member in the integrative neuroscience program.
Applicants will also be required to interview with the 4+1 program Admissions Committee, consisting of the Department of Anthropology's undergraduate director, graduate director and department chair. Each applicant will be contacted by email shortly after the application deadline to schedule the interview.
Applications must be submitted by the deadline to:
4+1 Degree Program Admissions
Department of Anthropology
137 Science Building 1
Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
Admissions applications are competitively evaluated on the basis of the quality of grades, references and the interview. Applicants are advised that acceptance into the 4+1 program is highly competitive with a limited number of applicants accepted into the program each year. Applicants will be notified of the Admissions Committee's decision approximately four to six weeks after the application deadline.
Upon admission to the 4+1 Program, successful completion of benchmark degree requirements is necessary for continued standing in the program. Students may be dismissed from the program at any time for failure to successfully complete benchmark requirements. While some requirements vary according to the specific 4+1 Program into which the student has been accepted, benchmark requirements applicable to all admitted students include all of the following:
Successful completion of the undergraduate degree in the fourth year of study, including all General Education and Harpur College requirements for graduation;
For anthropology majors, maintenance of a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better in their undergraduate studies.
For integrative neuroscience majors, students must maintain an overall 3.0 GPA and a 3.3 GPA within the major;
Receipt of grades of "B" or better and a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 in all graduate coursework, including the core graduate required courses;
Successful application to and acceptance by the Graduate School (by the fifth year); and
Timely completion of all required undergraduate and graduate coursework (including core graduate course requirements) for the specific 4+1 program, as laid out on the "Course Timetable" specific to the student's 4+1 Program.
For students pursuing the Anthropology BA/MA or BS/MA 4+1 program:
(1) formation of a faculty committee willing to supervise the student's MA thesis, which must be in place by the beginning of the fifth year;
(2) successful completion of the foreign language requirement as required by the Graduate School;
(3) successful completion of whatever the proposal requirement for the MA is called -when the student has to meet w/ the MA readers after they write their proposal; and
(4) successful completion of either an MA thesis or two-paper thesis option.
For students pursuing the BS/MS, BA/MS or IN/MS 4+1 program:
(1) completion of the required internship in the fifth year, and
(2) successful completion of the MS oral examination administered by the faculty.
Students who complete the BA or BS degree requirements during the first four years are assured of receiving the appropriate Bachelor's degree if, due to dismissal from the program or other extenuating reasons, they do not complete the fifth year of study in the 4+1 Program.
Tuition and financial aid
Students admitted to the 4+1 program are formally considered undergraduates and pay undergraduate tuition rates until they graduate with the BA/BS degree. During the fifth year in the 4+1 Program, students are formally considered graduate students and pay graduate tuition rates. University guidelines stipulate that students must be registered as full-time graduate students for one academic year (18 credits minimum) to receive their Master’s degree through the 4+1 Program.
Binghamton University's Graduate School does not provide financial aid or any form of tuition assistance to students pursuing MA or MS degrees; students in the 4+1 Program are thus not eligible for Graduate School financial aid or tuition assistance during their fifth year of study. However, other sources of financial aid may be available through the Graduate School financial aid and tuition assistance page (https://www.binghamton.edu/grad-school/cost-aid-funding/financial-support/index.html) and through other non-academic divisions and units on campus, such as the Library.
Save time and money
Typically, earning a master's degree takes two years. But with Binghamton University's 4+1 programs, you can earn your master's degree with just one extra year of classes. You'll finish both your bachelor's degree and your master's degree in a total of five years.
By choosing an accelerated degree program, you'll save a full year of tuition dollars. Plus, you'll pay undergraduate tuition rates for your graduate classes during your fourth (senior) year.
How does it work?
You complete most of the coursework for your bachelor's degree in your first three years.
In your fourth year, you take both bachelor's- and master's-level courses, graduate with your bachelor's degree and formally apply to the Graduate School. In your fifth year, you are admitted to the Graduate School and focus solely on graduate coursework.
Take the Binghamton experience to the next level. Plan your coursework early and apply for an 4+1 program.