4+1 Degree Programs

BA+MA in History 

The 4+1 program is designed for outstanding Binghamton University history students who wish to combine a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a Master of Arts in History. 

Why take this approach?

  • Combine a Bachelor of Arts with a Master of Arts in history.

  • Reduce the time to complete both degrees from 6 to 5 years.

  • Take graduate-level courses that satisfy graduate and undergraduate degree requirements.

More than just a degree

Our students develop skills that prepare them for occupations that require research, analysis, organization, and reporting. Specific skills include planning and prioritizing work, making persuasive arguments that influence others, processing information, decision making and problem solving, and verbally communicating ideas. Please see MA/PhD program page for further details about the MA degree.

How to Apply: 

1.       Read the FAQ's to make sure you are eligible and prepared.FAQ'S2.       Schedule a meeting with the 4+1 advisor.

3.       Submit this application form by 15 April.

4.       Log in to BU Brain. Go to the bottom of their “home tab.” Click the “accelerated graduate degree application for admission” option and complete the steps indicated.

5.       Note: students accepted into the program will initially be admitted by the History Department. In the spring of your senior year, you will submit a second, official application to the Graduate School at Binghamton University. The deadline for this Graduate School application is also 15 April.

  • Typical progress by Semester

    Semester 1

    16 credit hours

    • Gen Ed/WRIT 111

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req

    • HIST 1XX or HIST 2XX

    Semester 2

    16 credit hours

    • HIST 2XX

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req

    • Undergrad elective

    Semester 3

    16 credit hours

    • HIST 2XX

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req

    Semester 4

    16 credit hours

    • HIST 2XX

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req

    • Gen Ed/Harpur Req

    Semester 5

    16 credit hours

    • HIST 3XX

    • HIST 3XX

    • Undergrad elective

    • Undergrad elective

    Semester 6

    16 credit hours

    • HIST 3XX

    • HIST 4XX

    • Undergrad elective

    • Undergrad elective

    Declare intent to apply by the first Monday in May.

    Semester 7

    14 credit hours

    • HIST 3XX

    • Grad HIST 5XX

    • Undergrad elective

    • Undergrad elective

    Apply to MA program by the second Monday in October.

    Semester 8

    16 credit hours

    • HIST 3XX

    • Grad HIST 5XX

    • Undergrad elective

    • Undergrad elective

    Must graduate from BA program.

    Semester 9

    12 credit hours

    • Grad HIST 592 (Historiography)

    • Grad HIST 5XX

    • Grad HIST 600 (Research Seminar)

    Semester 10

    12 credit hours

    • Grad HIST 5XX

    • Grad HIST 5XX

    • Grad HIST 5XX

    • MA Exam (May)

    TOTAL CREDITS: 150


BA+MPA in History

The 4+1 program is designed for outstanding Binghamton University history students who wish to combine a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a Master of Public Administration (MPA).

Why take this approach?

  • Combine a Bachelor of Arts with a Master of Public Administration.
  • Reduce the time to complete both degrees from 6 to 5 years.
  • Take graduate-level courses that satisfy graduate and undergraduate degree requirements.

More than just a degree

Accredited by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA), Binghamton University's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program works in collaboration with community-based organizations to prepare students to be tomorrow's leaders, innovators, and public and non-profit service managers. Graduates are equipped with practical, real-world experiences and the theoretical framework needed to tackle today's toughest societal issues.

An MPA is a marketable professional degree that prepares students for management careers in public and nonprofit organizations. It is ideal for students who are committed to public service, would like to be leaders in public and nonprofit organizations, and want to make a positive difference in the world.

Please see the MPA Website for further details about the MPA degree or contact Brianna King Richetti (bking@binghamton.edu).


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