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4+1 Accelerated Master’s Programs

4+1 Accelerated Master’s Programs

4+1 Accelerated Master’s Programs

4+1 Accelerated Master’s Programs

The School of Sustainability offers the following joint accelerated programs designed to enable highly qualified undergraduate majors to earn both a Bachelor degree and a Master of Sustainability Solutions degree in five years:

Students accepted into these programs share designated 500-level coursework, allowing the student to complete both degrees more quickly.


Eligibility

To be eligible for admission to a 4+1 program, a student must:

  • Have a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Have accumulated at least 75 credit hours toward the undergraduate degree at the time of School of Sustainability application; 90 credit hours are required to begin graduate coursework.
  • Have completed at least six credit hours of upper division coursework in the major.
  • Be on track to graduate with the undergraduate degree two semesters after being accepted into the program (one calendar year later than the acceptance date).

Students who do not meet these criteria may still apply to the MSUS program through the as they near completion of their undergraduate program, but GRE scores will be required.


Application process

Thank you for your interest in applying to a graduate degree in the School of Sustainability. Students must first apply using the School of Sustainability application by December 15th of their junior year in order to be admitted and begin taking graduate classes during their senior year. Then in fall of their senior year, they apply for graduate admission to the MSUS program using the ASU . This application and all related materials are due by December 15th to begin graduate classes the following year.

The following instructions are for ASU students currently enrolled in the BA or BS degree programs in the School of Sustainability. They apply only to applicants to the 4+1 program, which grants a Master of Sustainability Solutions (MSUS) degree. Admission information for external applicants to the MSUS may be found .


Admission requirements

The following information pertains to the Master of Sustainability Solutions (MSUS) 4+1 program for current School of Sustainability majors.

Applications for this program are accepted for fall admission only. All application materials must be received by December 15 of the preceding year (i.e., senior year). Complete applications include transcripts and recommendations. We suggest that applicants submit the application no later than November 15, allowing their references a month to complete online recommendation letters by the December 15 deadline. References cannot submit letters until the application is submitted. Late applications will not be accepted.

Graduate admission requirements

All applicants must meet the basic requirements of Graduate Admissions.

  1. Application. ASU uses a generic application for all .

  2. $70 application fee for domestic applicants and $90 application fee for international applicants. Applications submitted without the fee will not be processed or reviewed. In addition to the normal application fee, a $50 non-refundable late processing fee will be charged for all applications submitted on or after the dates posted for session C on the .

  3. Official copy of transcripts. Unofficial copies will not be accepted. Students should send transcripts from each university or college they have attended (ASU transcripts do not need to be sent). Official transcripts are normally sent from the issuing institutions in sealed envelopes, stamped and verified by the issuing institutions.

    If sending by U.S. mail send transcripts to:
    Arizona State University
    Graduate Admission Services
    P.O. Box 870112
    Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

    If sending by FedEx, DHL or UPS send to:
    Arizona State University
    Graduate Admission Services
    1151 S. Forest Avenue, #SSV112
    Tempe, AZ 85287-0112

  4. Undergraduate Progress Requirements (specific to 4+1 programs) Have a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework. Have accumulated at least 75 credit hours toward the undergraduate degree at the time of application; 90 credit hours are required to begin the program. Have completed at least six credit hours of upper division coursework in the major. Be on track to graduate with the undergraduate degree two semesters after being accepted into the program (one calendar year later than the acceptance date).

  5. Equivalent to a B average. (Applies to the last 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours of undergraduate coursework)

All application materials submitted to Graduate Education will be forwarded to the School of Sustainability.

Supplemental application materials required by the School of Sustainability

In addition to Graduate College requirements the School of Sustainability requires the following:

  1. Recommendations.Three recommendations are required. Applicants will be asked to provide contact information for their recommenders through the online application and will be asked whether or not they would like to waive the right to view the recommendations submitted. Upon completion and submission of the application, the recommendation form and instructions will automatically be sent to the recommender and they will be asked to submit their recommendations online.

    Applicants to the 4+1 MSUS degree program: At least one letter of recommendation must be from a School of Sustainability faculty member recommending admission to the accelerated degree program. Additional references should be from educators (preferred) or professionals familiar with the applicant’s experience and capability for graduate work. It is highly recommended that the recommendations are academic in nature and address the applicant’s experience and potential for success in a graduate program; however, we will also accept professional recommendations. Applicants will be able to check the status of their recommendations online at MyASU.

  2. Statement of intent. All applicants must upload a statement of intent when completing the online application. In no more than 400 words, applicants must explain the goals they intend to achieve through their program of study at the School of Sustainability. Applicants should describe how their background will contribute to their success in the program and how completion of their degree will support their long-term career goals. Applicants will also be asked to identify a key sustainability issue they wish to address or problem they wish to solve as part of their program of study and explain why it is essential to address that question or issue.

  3. Resume or CV (required). Applicants must attach their resume or curriculum vita to their application.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required from applicants to the 4+1 MSUS degree program.

Applications for this program are accepted for fall admission only. All application materials must be received by December 15 of the preceding year (i.e., junior year). Complete applications include transcripts and recommendations. We suggest that applicants submit the application no later than November 15, allowing their primary recommender a month to complete online recommendation by the December 15 deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.

School of Sustainability requirements

The School of Sustainability application must be submitted by December 15th, the year prior to taking graduate coursework during the senior year (last bachelor’s year) of the program. The application requires the following (items 2-6 must be uploaded in a single PDF file):

  1. Recommendations and references. One primary recommendation from a School of Sustainability faculty member recommending the student for the MSUS 4+1 program is required. This primary recommender will be asked to address the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program. Applicants will be responsible for sending the recommendation form and submission link the faculty serving as their primary recommender. A link to the recommendation form and submission page will be sent to applicants only after the graduate advisor receives the signed Curriculum Plan.

    In addition to the primary recommendation, the name and contact information of two faculty references is required on the application. References should be from educators familiar with the applicant’s experience and capability for graduate work.

  2. Statement of intent. In no more than 400 words, describe how completion of the MSUS degree will support your long-term career aspirations. Explain how your background will contribute to your success in the program, and identify the resources available in the School of Sustainability that will enable you to achieve your goals.

  3. Sustainability issue statement. In no more than 400 words, identify a specific issue or problem in the field of sustainability, and explain why it is important to address this issue or solve this problem.

  4. Curriculum plan. This is an excel file outlining applicant’s plan of study. This document can be obtained from your undergraduate advisor or graduate advisor in the School of Sustainability. Undergraduate advisor and graduate advisor must sign a completed curriculum plan prior to submission.

  5. Unofficial transcripts. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities the applicant attended are required. The link to download an unofficial ASU transcript is on the My ASU page, under the My Classes box.

  6. Resume or CV (required). Applicants must include their resume or curriculum vita along with items 2-5 above.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required from applicants to the 4+1 MSUS degree program.


Important information about the 4+1 program

  • This program is designed to be completed in 5 years total. Students must complete their undergraduate degree within one year after acceptance to this program. Students not able to complete the undergraduate portion of the degree within four years and the MSUS degree in one year will not be allowed to remain in the program.

  • Some scholarships and awards may be affected by admission to the 4+1 program, as this changes a student status from undergraduate to graduate. Students are advised to check with the specifications of their awards with the Financial Assistance Office to see if this will affect compensation packages.

  • Students admitted into the 4+1 program are not entitled to teaching assistantships, health insurance, or other graduate awards.

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