Looking to speed up the time it takes to receive your degrees? The School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies offers two accelerated degree programs, allowing you to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years rather than the normal six. 


These programs are for highly committed students and have a set of requirements that must be met in order to qualify. Talk to your advisor to see if these programs are right for you.

Our programs

Accelerated BA/MA in History - Tempe

The Integrated Bachelors/Master’s Program in History is an accelerated program that offers the opportunity for highly advanced students enrolled in the ASU History BA program to obtain both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in History within five years. The program allows students to take 500-level coursework during the final year of the BA program and share 9 credit hours of these courses toward the requirements of the MA program.  It may also be possible to transfer 3 credit hours of 400-level coursework to the MA as well. 

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are currently enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts History BA
  • have completed 75 semester hours or more of coursework toward the BA
  • have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 or better. 

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

  1. Meet with your undergraduate advisor 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 (Mark.Barrios@asu.edu). 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). 

Click here to gain more information regarding the History MA.

Accelerated BA/MA in History - Online

The Accelerated BA/MA Program in History offers the opportunity for highly advanced students enrolled in the ASU History BA program to obtain a Master’s degree in History in an accelerated fashion. The program allows students to take 500-level coursework during the final year of the BA and share up to 9 credit hours of these courses toward the requirements of the MA program. It may also be possible to transfer up to 3 credit hours of 400-level credits and apply them to your MA  You could enter the MA program with up to 40% of your credit hours already completed. 

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are currently enrolled in the College of Liberal Arts History BA
  • have completed 75 semester hours or more of coursework toward the BA
  • have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.3 or better. 

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

  1. Meet with your undergraduate advisor 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 (Roxanne.Shand@asu.edu). 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 webpageFor the accelerated BA/MA, you do not need to take the Graduate Record Exam

Application Deadlines are as follows:

    • 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. 

More information about the Online History M.A. program is available here. 

Questions concerning the accelerated BA/MA History Program may be directed to SHPRS academic advisors (shprsadvising@asu.edu).

4+1 Master of Global Management (MGM) in Global Management

The Master of Global Management (MGM) in Global Management is an in-depth, global business education professional degree program that combines general management coursework, cross-cultural insights, regional studies and foreign language components to educate global business leaders. With its innovative program philosophy, the master's degree program progresses through every facet of international management, with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities and practical, applicable nuances of global business. It is designed for individuals who want to immerse themselves in full-time graduate studies and take classes in person.

The Thunderbird School of Global Management offers undergraduate students in the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies (SHPRS) a quick and unique pathway to pursue global management careers in either the private or the public sector by obtaining their bachelor’s and master’s degree in an accelerated timeframe. Students will be equipped with a unique tool set to succeed in today's complex and competitive global environment. The program is designed for students who are motivated and aim to achieve career aspirations quickly. 

Eligibility 

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • are a campus-based student
  • fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and Thunderbird School of Global Management.
  • have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in (any field) or related field, from a regionally accredited institution. The program is open to candidates from any undergraduate major.
  • have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of a student's first bachelor's degree program, or you have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

Applications

Applicants are required to submit:

  1. Resume documenting professional and academic history

  2. 1 essay answering an application question

  3. 1 letter of recommendation from a faculty member

  4. Possible 4+1 undergraduate students must have a 3.25 cumulative GPA to apply to the accelerated program. Students with a 3.0 cumulative GPA must also submit a GMAT or GRE.

Visit the Thunderbird School's site for more info