Accelerated Bachelor’s to Master’s Degree Program (4+1)

You don’t have to wait until commencement to start working on your graduate degree. Aquinas College has a fast-track to your advanced degree. Through the accelerated bachelor’s to master’s degree program (4+1), you can earn a bachelor’s degree from Aquinas and with only one additional year, earn a master’s degree from Western Michigan University.
  • Earn up to 12 credit hours toward a master’s degree from Western Michigan University while completing your bachelor’s degree at Aquinas College.
  • Earning two degrees in less time saves money.
  • Obtaining an advanced degree gives you a competitive advantage in the job market.
  • Get started on your career sooner.

How It Works

During their first four years, qualified undergraduate students have the opportunity to transfer a maximum of 12 credits that can be applied toward a WMU master’s degree.

Of those 12 credits, a maximum of six undergraduate credits (non-entry level) can be transferred between Aquinas and WMU for application toward a WMU master’s degree. Students must complete those courses with a grade of B or better for transfer credit.

Students may also obtain from WMU a maximum of six graduate credits by examination based on advanced-level course work at Aquinas. Students must complete these credits at a grade of B or better to be assigned graduate level credit.

Details about which courses will be eligible for transfer credit and credit by examination are specific to each program.

If students acquire and transfer the maximum 12 credits and complete a course load of nine credit hours per semester, they will complete a four-year bachelor’s degree at Aquinas and continue on to earn a WMU master’s degree with only one additional year. Additional time would be needed for master’s programs that are greater than 30 credit hours or if fewer credits are completed per semester.

Available Programs

Specific details about each program are provided by each department. New programs will be added as they are developed.

How to Get Started

  1. Talk to your admissions counselor or academic advisor to find out if you are eligible, which programs are the best fit and what their requirements are.
  2. Choose one of the available accelerated programs.
  3. Apply to WMU’s Graduate School. Aquinas College and WMU academic advisors will partner to help guide you through the process.

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