4+1 Option

What is the 4+1 Option?

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The 4+1 option is available to UC undergraduate students majoring (BA/BS) in Psychology or non-majors taking a minimum of 18 hours in Psychology (equivalent to but not necessarily completing a Psychology minor).  The program allows students completing their Bachelor’s degree to obtain a Master’s degree in one additional year (15 hours per semester).  For qualifying students, the graduate year of study is paid at a discounted tuition rate (typically a 25% discount).  Completion of the 4+1 program assumes the following:

  • The student completes two graduate-level (MAP) courses for graduate credit prior to completing their BA/BS.  (Note:  This means that 4+1 students may not graduate with their BA/BS with less than 126 hours, 6 of which are GR-level courses that apply to the MAP degree).  Grades for the graduate level classes must average 3.0 (with no grade lower than a B-). 
  • The student enrolls in the MAP program full-time and thus completes the graduate year in two semesters.

If I am Interested in the 4+1 Program, What Do I Do?

1.      Set up an appointment ASAP Anastasiya Pilipchuk, (pilipcaa@mail.uc.edu), the graduate assistant for ORGL. We will collect your contact information so that we may communicate program updates and information to you (e.g., when the application portal is open). We can also review the program and admissions process and when to schedule your graduation.  Most importantly, we can advise you on what graduate classes are available.

2.      If, after meeting with Anastasiya, you would like to apply, follow the application steps outlined above.  There will be a question on the application asking whether you are applying for the 4+1 program.  Select “yes.”