Accelerated History BA/MA

Looking to speed up the time it takes to receive your degrees? Ready to enter the workforce with your new skills? Our accelerated degree program allows you to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years rather than the normal six. 


Eligibility

 3.3 cumulative GPA

 75+ credit hours completed towards bachelor’s program

 Currently enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences History BA

 Strongly recommended: 18 hours of history coursework completed, including HST 495. At least 6 hours in history should be upper-division. 

Timeline – From Application to Student:

Freshman – First Semester of Junior Year

  • Direct questions to your undergraduate academic advisors. 

Junior Year, Second Semester -  Tempe students

In order to apply, you must complete the steps below in the following order:

  1. Meet with your undergraduate advisor at least one month prior to the April 15 deadline to confirm your eligibility for the program. You and your advisor will review your progress towards your undergraduate degree and make sure that you will be able to complete the BA requirements in a timely fashion. At that meeting, an initial timeline for both your undergraduate coursework and your graduate coursework will be put together. 
  2. Meet with the Graduate Programs Student Services Support Coordinator Mark Barrios. He will review your proposed timeline and discuss your areas of interest and whether the MA program is a good fit for you.
  3. Complete a Graduate Education application for the MA degree in History to begin the semester following your undergraduate graduation. For the accelerated BA/MA, you do not need to take the Graduate Record Exam. 

The current deadline for applying is April 15, to begin the program the following fall (your senior year). 

After being admitted, your admission to the MA program is “put on hold” until you complete the BA and the degree has posted.  

Students who enroll in the program, but decide not to continue in the MA portion, may do so with notification. 

Junior Year, Second Semester (or 75-90 hours earned) - Online students: 

There are multiple start dates available (see priority deadlines below). Your start term should be one that will allow you to complete the remaining requirements for your undergraduate degree within approximately one year.

In order to apply, you must complete the steps below in the following order:

  1. Meet with your undergraduate advisor at least one month prior to the priority deadline for your start term to confirm your eligibility for the program. You and your advisor will review your progress towards your undergraduate degree and make sure that you will be able to complete the BA requirements in a timely fashion. At that meeting, an initial timeline for both your undergraduate coursework and your graduate coursework will be put together.
  2. Meet with the Graduate Programs Coordinator, Roxanne Shand. She will review your proposed timeline and discuss your areas of interest and whether the MA program is a good fit for you.
  3. Complete a Graduate Education application for the MA degree in History to begin the semester following your undergraduate graduation. The list of required materials for applying to the M.A. program is available on the Online History MA webpage. For the accelerated BA/MA, you do not need to take the Graduate Record Exam. 


Applications are reviewed bi-weekly. Once your application is complete, you will hear back with the faculty’s decision within two weeks of the next review, regardless of your chosen start date. Students may start in fall, spring, or summer in Session A or Session B. The sessions follow the ASU Online calendar.  In order to be admitted for your desired term, please complete your application by the priority date.

Priority Application Dates:

  • July 28 for Fall A admission
  • September 15 for Fall B admission
  • December 1 for Spring A admission
  • February 1 for Spring B admission
  • April 15 for Summer admission


After being admitted, your admission to the MA program is “put on hold” until you complete the BA and the degree has posted.  
Students who enroll in the program, but decide not to continue in the MA portion, may do so with notification. 

Who assists with the pre-application (Pre-application refers to the internal verification of eligibility within the school/department.): Your undergraduate advisor

When to meet with graduate advisor: After meeting with undergraduate advisor and verifying eligibility and course plan.  

When can students enroll in graduate level courses: The first semester of senior year, after admission to the 4+1 program (contact graduate advisor for assistance).

Shared Classes

400-level HST course (for example, HST 485)

Any 3 graduate-level HST courses approved by graduate advisor

Fast Facts

 
4+1/accelerated programs save time since a bachelor’s and master’s degree can be obtained in as little as 5 years*

 
4+1/accelerated programs save students money since students are saving time by sharing credits between the undergraduate and graduate program (less time = less tuition paid)

 
Students with the New American University Dean’s, Provost’s, President’s or National Scholar scholarship who complete their undergraduate program in less than 8 semesters can apply any remaining awards to an ASU on-ground graduate program**

 
Waived application requirements for 4+1/accelerated applicants: No G.R.E. required for the M.A. application

FAQs

If I am registered to graduate this year am I eligible to apply to the 4+1/accelerated program?

No, but you can still apply to any ASU master’s program.

If I am accepted into a 4+1/accelerated program but I do not want to pursue the master’s program, do I still receive my bachelor’s diploma?

Yes, as long as you completed all the necessary requirements to graduate from your bachelor’s program you will still graduate.

Once I finish my bachelor’s program, can I take a break before starting the master’s portion of the 4+1?

No, students must immediately begin their master’s program once they graduate with their bachelor’s degree. 

If I am an online student, am I eligible for an on-ground 4+1/accelerated program?

No, students must be in the same modality for both programs of the 4+1/accelerated pathway. If the 4+1/accelerated pathway is on-ground then any interested student must be an on-ground student. 4+1/accelerated programs do not mix modalities.

Is there one combined graduation ceremony for 4+1/accelerated students?

No, there are two separate ceremonies for graduation. The bachelor’s ceremony is separate from the master’s ceremony.

Contact

Undergraduate contact person: SHPRS Undergraduate Advising Team (Manisha Master, Amy Kaiman, Michael Currey, Ella Burrus, Justin Cappuccilli)

Email: SHPRSadvising@asu.edu
Phone number: (480) 965-8364

Tempe campus Graduate contact person: Mark Barrios

Email: Mark.Barrios@asu.edu
Phone number: 480-727-7114


Online Graduate contact person: Roxanne Shand

Email: Roxanne.Shand@asu.edu
Phone number: 480-965-5387