4+1/Accelerated Programs

Complete your bachelor’s degree and Master of Science in Human Rights in just five years!

The 4+1/accelerated Master of Science (MS) in Human Rights program allows you to take undergraduate classes for your first three years. 
In your fourth year, bachelor- and master-level courses are combined in your schedule, and you graduate with a bachelor’s degree.
In your fifth year, you’re admitted to the Graduate School and focus only on courses to complete your master’s degree.

Benefits of a 4+1/accelerated degree

  • Save time: Earn your master’s degree in one year instead of two.
  • Save money: Pay graduate tuition for only one year.
  • Take advantage of the value: Binghamton University offers an Ivy-caliber education at a state university tuition.
  • Strengthen your marketability: Graduate degrees hone job-related skills in communications, research methods, data analysis, teamwork and big-picture thinking — skills prized by employers worldwide.
  • Increase your earning potential: Salaries for those holding master’s degrees are, on average, $10,000 higher than for those with only bachelor’s degrees.

Who is eligible for our 4+1/accelerated degree

Undergraduate students pursuing the following majors at Binghamton University can apply to the accelerated MS in Human Rights program:

  • Human development
  • Any Harpur BA/BS major

Admissions process and timeline

It’s best to start thinking about applying to the accelerated MSHR program early. You must inquire about pre-admission by your junior year so you can enroll in master’s classes your senior year.

Junior year

  • You must have completed a majority of your undergraduate major requirements and all or a majority of general education requirements 
  • You must have a minimum 3.5 GPA in your undergraduate major and a minimum 3.2 GPA overall, or a 3.5 GPA overall
  • State your interest in the accelerated MSHR program and meet with the MSHR Program Director (suzylee@binghamton.edu)
After your meeting, you will be instructed to submit the documents below:
  • Personal statement (2-3 double-spaced pages words stating your interests in the program and career goals)
  • Current résumé
  • Writing sample
  • Two references

Senior year (if accepted for pre-admission)

  • You will be able to register for MPA courses during your first semester of your senior year
  • During your senior year (88+ undergraduate credits), you must formally apply to the Graduate School and submit the online application and all required application materials, including any required letters of recommendation

Apply to a 4+1/accelerated program

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