Accelerated 4+1 degree programs

Students in the accelerated 4+1 program can save time and money by completing a bachelor's and master's degree at the same time. Photo by: Jessica Slater/ASU

You can accomplish a lot in five years

Pursue a master’s degree in less time and with less financial commitment.

Designed for the dedicated and driven Fulton Schools student, accelerated 4+1 programs combine advanced undergraduate course work with graduate course work, enabling students to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree within five years.

The accelerated 4+1 degree program offers our top undergraduate students the flexibility to begin taking classes toward their master's degree during their senior year of undergraduate studies. You can use six credit hours towards both your bachelor's and master's degrees to shorten the time it takes to earn a master's degree.

Students in the construction management program will work towards an M.S. degree. Students in the civil, environmental and sustainable engineering or construction engineering programs will be able to earn either an M.S. or M.S.E. degree.

The M.S. degree requires 24 hours of coursework and six hours of thesis. The M.S.E. degree requires 30 hours of coursework and a comprehensive exam.

Contact the graduate advisor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at 480-965-0595 or with any other questions you may have.

Program requirements

  • 75 credit hours completed towards a bachelor's degree
  • Taking two junior-level classes
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher
  • Construction Management only: Enrolled in the Construction Management program for a minimum of two semesters.

Applying to the program

Students must apply for admission to the program through the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) and The Graduate Education Office. The SSEBE application is a paper application; The Graduate Education Office uses an online application. Both applications must be received before your file will be reviewed.

Students who are obtaining the BSE in Civil Engineering or BSE in Construction Engineering may obtain the MSE in Civil Engineering, MS in Civil Engineering, MSE in Construction Engineering, or the MS in Construction Management while participating in the accelerated degree program.

Priority application deadlines are March 15 for the fall semester and November 15 for the spring semester. You must be admitted by our School and The Graduate Education Office before the first day of classes when you plan to share—double count—courses.

SSEBE application

Submit the following documents to the Advising Center in CAVC 437:

Graduate Education Office application

Apply online at

  • Pay application fee
  • Personal statement. Your personal statement will be uploaded as a Word or PDF file and should be no more than two pages (12-point font size) and includes:
    • your goals and objectives in applying to the accelerated bachelor’s/master’s program
    • your accomplishments
    • your career goals
    • why you are applying
    • why you feel qualified for the accelerated degree program
  • Faculty letters of recommendation. You will be prompted for the name, title and email address for each of your three recommenders. ASU will contact your recommenders by email to request their letters electronically. The letters will be shared with SSEBE for review.
    • Construction Management only: At least one recommender should be a Construction Management faculty member.

School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Main Office
College Avenue Commons (CAVC)
660 S. College Avenue
Tempe, Arizona 85281
Tel: 480-965-3589
Fax: 480-965-0557
Academic Advising Office
CAVC 437
Tel: 480-965-0595
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