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Accelerated 4+1 degree program

4+1 iconYou 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 and reserve up to an additional six hours to count towards your master’s degree to shorten the time it takes to earn a master’s degree.

If you're enrolled inConsider a 4+1 in
Construction management and technology (BS)Construction Management (MS)
Construction engineering (BSE)Construction Engineering (MSE)
Civil, environmental and sustainable engineering (BSE)Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering (MS)
Construction Engineering (MSE)
Environmental engineering (BSE)Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering (MS)
Students in the construction management program will work towards a MS in Construction Management degree. Students in the construction engineering program will work towards a MSE in Construction Engineering degree. Students in the civil, environmental and sustainable engineering program will work towards either a MS in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering degree or a MSE in Construction Engineering degree.

The MS in Construction Management requires one of the following: 24 hours of coursework and six hours of thesis or 27 hours of coursework and 3 hours of applied project.

The MSE in Construction Engineering requires 30 hours of coursework and a comprehensive exam.

The MS in Civil, Environmental, and Sustainable Engineering requires one of the following: 24 hours of coursework and six hours of thesis, 27 hours of course work and three hours of applied project, or 30 hours of coursework and a written comprehensive exam.

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

Program requirements


  • 90 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 will initially apply for provisional admittance into the program through the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment (SSEBE) The SSEBE application is a paper application. The application must be received before your file will be reviewed for provisional admittance.

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:

Provisional Admittance

  • Provisional admittance into the 4+1 program will allow you to begin to take shared courses between your undergraduate and graduate program.
  • Once you have received provisional admittance to the 4+1 program, you will want to complete the Pre-Admission Credits form (PDF) with your advisor. The Pre-Admission Credits form identifies which two courses you plan to share between the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Review the list of approved shared courses and the course requirements of your graduate program to determine which courses you will double count.
  • Civil, environmental and sustainable engineering only (optional): You may also wish to work with the Faculty Area Coordinator of your specialty area to complete a preliminary plan of study.

Graduate Admissions

In order to be fully admitted into the 4+1 program students must officially apply to the intended graduate program through the graduate admissions online application during the final semester of their senior year. Students must still meet all minimum requirements of the graduate program to be admitted.

Students will apply to the admit term in which they would be considered a Graduate student (e.g. If you plan to graduate Spring 2021 from your undergraduate program you would apply to the Fall 2021 admit term.)

Students must apply to the graduate program and be admitted prior to their undergrad degree being conferred.

Please apply online at students.asu.edu/graduate/apply

  • 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.