Increase your competitiveness in the job market, save time and money. Consider applying to one of our accelerated 4+1 BA/MA programs. These programs will help you sharpen your bilingual and multicultural skills through advanced coursework to pursue careers in language teaching or others such as non-government organizations, private business settings, government, public administration, tourism, and legal professions. 

​​The School of International Letters and Cultures offers the following accelerated programs designed to enable highly qualified undergraduate majors to earn both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in five years

Links to other ASU Accelerated Programs:

*At this time, these 4+1 programs are not able to accommodate online-only undergraduate students. All graduate courses are held in person on the Tempe campus.

Contact your SILC advisor today for more information!


To be eligible for admission into the Language Teaching 4+1 program, a student must:

  • Be enrolled in one of the above-listed on-ground Bachelor degree programs at the time of application
  • Have a minimum of a 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Have completed at least 75 credit hours toward the undergraduate degree at the time of application; 90 credit hours are required to begin the program
  • Be on track to graduate with the undergraduate degree two semesters after being accepted into the graduate program (one calendar year after the acceptance date)
  • Complete and submit the online application for the Master's degree for the term and year they plan to start sharing credit hours

In addition to the above, students interested in the Spanish BA/MA 4+1 program must:

  • Have a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Have taken at least one 400-level Spanish course at ASU

How to Apply

Before applying to the 4+1 program, you must meet with your undergraduate advisor to discuss your eligibility for the program. At this meeting, your undergraduate advisor will notify the Graduation Admissions Office that you are a candidate for the 4+1 program. This notification must be done before you submit your application to the Master's program.

Current undergraduate students interested in applying for the 4+1 accelerated program will need to complete an online application for one of the above-listed Master's degrees. To apply, students must submit:

  • Online application and application fee
  • Personal statement of interest
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Writing Sample (10-25 page academic writing sample such as a term or research paper. If you do not have a previously written paper of this length, you may combine multiple papers into one PDF.)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. If I am registered to graduate this year am I eligible to apply to the Accelerated degree (4 + 1) program?
    No, but you can still apply to any ASU master’s program.
  2. If I am accepted into an Accelerated degree (4 + 1) program but I do not want to pursue the master’s program, do I still receive my bachelor’s diploma?
    Yes, as long as you completed all the necessary requirements to graduate from your bachelor’s program you will still graduate.
  3. Once I finish my bachelor’s program, can I take a break before starting the master’s portion of the Accelerated degrees (4 + 1) program?
    No, students must immediately begin their master’s program once they graduate with their bachelor’s degree.
  4. If I am an online student, Am I eligible for an on-ground Accelerated degree (4 + 1) program?
    No, students must be in the same modality for both programs of the Accelerated degree (4 + 1) pathway. If the Accelerated degree (4 + 1) pathway is on-ground then any interested student must be an on-ground student. Accelerated degree (4 + 1) programs do not mix modalities.
  5. Is there one combined graduation ceremony for Accelerated degree (4 + 1) students?
    No, there are two separate ceremonies for graduation. The bachelor’s ceremony is separate from the master’s ceremony.