The 4+1 program offers Claremont College students the chance to earn graduate credit while completing the final year of a Bachelor’s degree. The benefits include savings in time and money of over traditional consecutive enrollment degree options. Undergraduates enrolled in the Claremont Colleges who are interested in pursuing a career in government, consulting, or the private sector should consider enrolling in our Accelerated B.A./M.A. programs.
The 4+1 program is open to qualified Juniors/Seniors at the Claremont Colleges.
Students may apply for admission in the Fall or Spring Semester of their Junior year, and may use the remaining semesters at their undergraduate institutions to complete the 12-16 pre-baccalaureate graduate units. Upon the receipt of their undergraduate degree, the student becomes a full time student at Claremont Graduate University for the remaining year of study.
Acceptance into the program is based on an evaluation of the student’s undergraduate grades, courses taken as an undergraduate, and recommendations. The GRE test is waived for 4+1 students, and there is no application fee.
How does the Accelerated B.A./M.A. program Work?
A Claremont College undergraduate has the option of enrolling in classes in the Division of Politics and Economics during his/her Junior or Senior years, at no additional tuition cost. Some of the advanced courses offered at the undergraduate institutions may, with approval, be counted for graduate credit. Courses completed at the Graduate University, or accepted as equivalents, may be counted towards both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs (up to a limit of 4 courses or 16 units). In this way, Claremont Colleges' undergraduates get a head start on completing their graduate requirements. Normally, students who receive their B.A. having completed the necessary graduate or equivalent units may be able to complete their Master’s Degree with only 5 or 6 courses or 20 or 24 units of enrollment at CGU.
Please contact our Academic Program Coordinator or Chair with questions