What is the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree program?
Sometimes called 4+1 programs, the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree program provides high performing ETSU undergraduate students an opportunity to complete both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees at an accelerated pace.
What is the benefit of being in an ABM program?
There are several benefits to being part of an ABM program. (1) Participating students will benefit by accelerated completion of two degrees, reducing time and cost. (2) The graduate courses taken while still an undergraduate are billed at the undergraduate tuition rate, which is less than graduate tuition. (3) Undergraduates who enter ETSU with a number of dual enrollment or advanced placement courses could additionally reduce the time and cost of earning both degrees.
What majors and graduate programs are eligible?
ETSU’s ABM program provides flexibility for undergraduate majors and graduate programs. Students, along with their undergraduate advisor and the graduate coordinator of a graduate program, work to develop a Plan of Study that is appropriate to each student’s background and career goals. Some students complete the master’s degree in the discipline of their undergraduate degree. (E.g. An undergraduate major in Sociology may also complete the Master’s degree in Sociology as an ABM student.) Other students move from a related undergraduate major into a different master’s program. (E.g. A student with a health sciences major may complete the Master’s degree in Public Health.) This flexibility is a real asset to students to create a program that aligns with their career aspirations and passions.
How do I qualify for an ABM program?
To qualify for the Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program, an ETSU undergraduate student must:
- Have a minimum ETSU undergraduate GPA of 3.25. Individual programs may have higher GPA requirements.
- Have completed 75 credits in their undergraduate programs, including credits earned from dual enrollment or advanced placement prior to starting the ABM program. Transfer students must have completed at least one year (2 semesters) at ETSU prior to starting the ABM program.
- Complete an application, pay the application fee, and be accepted to the accelerated program (including acceptance into the graduate program) prior to earning the undergraduate degree.
The ABM sounds like a great fit for me. How do I get started?
The ETSU Graduate School recommends these initial steps:
- Contact your undergraduate advisor and the graduate program coordinator of your interested program to schedule a meeting to create an ABM proposal.
- Learn more about the ABM program and its requirements on the Graduate School Policy on Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Program Policies Page.
- Contact Graduate Admissions to get answers to any further questions you may have.