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Four + One Programs

Emory College of Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Laney Graduate School, the Rollins School of Public Health, and the Law School, offer five-year, combined bachelor’s and master’s degree programs to currently enrolled students.  These selective programs require an application to be considered for admission.  Interested students should consult with their advisors to discuss the appropriateness and applicability of this program for the student’s future goals before applying.

Each 4+1 program has its own application process and requirements that are set by the sponsoring department.  Interested students can learn more by visiting the website for each program.

Admissions Overview

Each department sponsoring a 4+1 program has its own admissions deadlines, criteria, and application process.  Application deadlines for existing programs range from first semester of junior year to a week after graduation, so please refer to the information on each department’s website for specific information.


Interested students should confer with their current departmental academic advisor to discuss how these programs will fit with the student’s long-term educational and occupational goals.  Students may also wish to consult with the program coordinator of the 4+1 program as well before making a final decision to apply.


4+1 programs are pursued and completed in stages and awarded sequentially. In other words, a student must complete the requirements and be awarded the bachelor’s degree before matriculating to the master’s program.

Although the structure varies from program to program, most 4+1 students take both undergraduate and a limited number of graduate classes during their fourth year while completing the bachelor’s degree, and only graduate classes during their fifth year while complete the master’s degree. 

Ordinarily, no more than 6 credit hours may be double counted between the bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Please see each 4+1 program’s website for more specific information.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Students interested in 4+1 programs should be advised that financial aid policies for graduate study are different than those for undergraduate study.  Students should consult with the graduate department associated with their 4+1 program to learn more about financial aid opportunities for graduate study in those departments.

Current Programs

The following programs are currently available to students:

  • BA/MSPH Biostatistics
  • MA Bioethics
  • BS/MS Cancer Biology and Translational Oncology
  • BA/MS or BS/MS Computer Science
  • BA/MS Economics
  • BS/MS Environmental Sciences
  • BS/MPH Environmental Sciences and Environmental Health
  • BA/MA Film Studies
  • BA/MPH Human Health and Epidemiology
  • BS/MS Mathematics
  • JM Juris Master Program