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4+1 MA: An Accelerated Master's Degree Program


The 4+1 MA in the Department of Economics is an accelerated master's degree program for undergraduate students at UMass Amherst, Mount Holyoke College, Hampshire College, Amherst College, and Smith College.

How does it work?

The 4+1 MA is a 36-credit master's degree open to students at the Five Colleges. Students are accepted into this program in the spring semester of their junior year, and in their fourth year they take two graduate courses each semester. In the fifth year, a student takes four graduate courses each semester, for a total of 12 courses, or 36 credits.

UMass students who have accumulated at least 126 credits by the end of their senior year can count up to six credits of graduate course work toward both their BA and MA, completing both degrees in five years. Students at the other four colleges should consult their academic advisor to determine how they can complete the MA degree in the fifth year.

How can I get more information?

Download our 4+1 MA brochure.

If you are exploring the possibility of the 4+1 MA, contact our Graduate Program Office or Professor Gerald Epstein

UMass undergraduates can speak with an academic advisor about general questions concerning how to manage course loads and course overloads

How much does the program cost?

The tuition and fee schedule can be found on the UMass Amherst Bursar's Office website.

How do I apply?

Five College juniors should apply by March 15 using the Graduate School's online application:


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