Accelerated Degree Programs

What is an Accelerated Degree Program?

Perhaps you've heard it referred to as an "accelerated bachelor's-master's" or a "4+1" program. We have nicknamed it the "Faster Master's". Accelerated Degree Programs (ADP) allows current Marquette University undergraduate students to continue on for a master's degree after completing their bachelor's degrees. ADP students take classes during their senior year that meet requirements for both their undergraduate and graduate degrees. With proper planning, students can earn both undergraduate and master's degree within five years, saving time and money as well as getting into the workforce faster. Applications for ADP begin junior year.

Additional Information

For additional information regarding accelerated degree programs at Marquette, please contact the Graduate School at (414) 288-7137 or, or visit the Graduate School's ADP page.

B.S. and M.S. in Applied Statistics

The accelerated degree program (ADP) in applied statistics allows students to earn, in five years, a bachelor's degree with an undergraduate major in a variety of fields including, but not limited to: bioinformatics, biomedical engineering, business, chemistry, computational mathematics, computer science, data science, electrical engineering, mathematics, applied mathematical economics, mechanical engineering, physics and psychology and a master of science degree in applied statistics.

The Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences offers early admission into the master of science in applied statistics program. Marquette undergraduate students majoring in the above listed majors and others can apply for this program in the second term of their junior year. Learn more about the accelerated degree program.

B.S. and M.S. in Chemistry

This program provides a streamlined path to the bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry. Students apply for the B.S. and M.S. degree at the beginning of their junior year. Learn more about the accelerated degree program.

B.S. in Computer Science and M.S. in Computing

The ADP in Computer Science and Computing provides the opportunity to extend technical knowledge though the acquisition of 24 additional credits in courses related to computer science, information technology, computer engineering, and information's systems, which are the five disciplines that constitute the study of computing. Computer Science majors considering a professional career can choose to combine the undergraduate course work with an additional year of study to receive a B.S. with a major in Computer Science and an M.S. in Computing in five years. Learn more about the accelerated degree program.

B.A. in Criminology and Law Studies and M.S. in Criminal Justice Data Analytics

The ADP is designed to give Marquette University undergraduates a more efficient means to obtain a master's degree in criminal justice data analytics. Interested Marquette students in their junior year (or equivalent) must meet the following criteria in order to apply for the ADP:

  • Students must have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.200. 
  • Students must have completed at least 18 credits of CRLS course work (6 courses) by the end of their junior year. 

Learn more about the accelerated degree program.


B.A. and M.A. in English

The ADP in English is designed to allow students to earn a bachelor of arts degree and a master of arts degree in English in five years rather than the six years normally required to earn both degrees. Undergraduates participating in this program are granted early admission to the Graduate School and are allowed to take up to 12 credit hours of graduate-level courses during their senior year. Learn more about the accelerated degree program.

B.A. and M.A. in History

This program is especially well suited for students interested in working in Public History, museums, archives and libraries, teaching as well as other applied History fields. Learn more about the accelerated degree program.

B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy

Students accepted into the program may transfer up to 12 credits of approved 5000-plus level courses into their graduate program. Undergraduates participating in this program are granted early admission to the graduate school and are allowed to take specific graduate-level courses during their junior and senior years.

To be considered for admission to the B.A./M.A. five-year program, applicants must formally apply to the philosophy department in their junior year at Marquette University and have achieved a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.000. Learn more about the accelerated degree program.

B.A. and M.A. in Political Science and International Affairs

This program is open to both Political Science and International Affairs majors. Students applying to this program should be juniors who have completed three upper division courses in political science and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better in their political science courses. Learn more about the accelerated degree program.

B.A. and M.A. in Spanish

This program provides the opportunity for students to concentrate on their language, cultural and literary competency and critical thinking skills, as well as their ability to use Spanish effectively in the fields of business, health, international relations, and other professional fields.

Candidates for admission should have undergraduate junior status and have completed at least three upper division Spanish courses, and should also have a GPA of at least 3.00. Candidates are required to consult with their advisor prior to submitting an application and must notify the Chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures of their intentions. Learn more about the accelerated degree program.

B.S. in science disciplines and M.B.A.

This ADP is for undergraduate students in select mathematics, science and technology majors. This five-year program (STEM-MBA) is one of only a few nationwide and the first in the region. It gives students the ability to earn both a bachelor's degree in their chosen major, a minor in business administration and a Master of Business Administration degree from Marquette's Graduate School of Management. Learn more about the accelerated degree program.