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Emory College of Arts and Sciences, in conjunction with the Laney Graduate School, 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. Students may also wish to consult with the program coordinator in the relevant program before making a final decision to apply.

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.

Most students in these programs take both undergraduate and graduate classes during their fourth year and only graduate classes during their fifth year.

Current 4+1 Programs

Emory College and the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) jointly offer a 5-year bachelors/master's degree program. Students have an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Emory College, most likely with a major concentration in Mathematics and Computer Sciences, and a Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH) degree in Biostatistics within five years. Emory College students can apply, and may be admitted, to the program during their third (junior) year and enroll in 12 semester hours of credits in MSPH courses during their fourth (senior) year. Course credits taken by Emory College students in the RSPH during the fourth (senior) year count towards the required 132 hours of credit for the Bachelor of Arts degree as well as for the required 48 hours for the MSPH degree in Biostatistics. Two undergraduate courses (totaling 8 semester hours) offered by the Department of Mathematics will also count towards the MSPH degree in Biostatistics. Students graduating from Emory College with the BA degree will then take courses during their fifth year as MSPH student in the RSPH.

This innovative and interdisciplinary program is designed to prepare Emory College students (from any major) to identify, evaluate and respond to the social and ethical challenges that face medicine, biotechnology and the life sciences. Our curriculum incorporates discussion-intensive seminars, one-on-one faculty mentorship, research opportunities and a career-building practicum (e.g. at the CDC, GA State Legislature, or Atlanta Hospitals).  This varied curriculum provides our students with both a theoretical grounding in bioethics as well as hands-on experience of and supervision in the implementation of ethics projects. This dual degree will provide a competitive advantage to students interested in careers in healthcare, health law, research regulation or compliance, academia or normative areas of public health.  

The Graduate Program in Cancer Biology provides outstanding training opportunities at the PhD and MS levels in every aspect of cancer research, from basic to translational research. This includes molecular and cellular biology, genetics and epigenetics, signal transduction, genetic engineering, nanotechnologies, and many other disciplines used to understand the development and progression of cancer.

Many different approaches are applied to a range of model systems to address how a normal cell becomes a cancer cell, how cancer progresses to a metastatic state at the molecular level and how our understanding of these mechanisms can be exploited for the design of new cancer therapies or novel ways to apply existing anti-cancer agents in the clinic.

Undergraduate students from any major in Emory have an opportunity to complete a BA or BS degree in their chosen major in Emory College and a Master of Science (MS) degree in Computer Science (CS) in Emory's Laney Graduate School in five years. Students apply in their junior year. Students in the CS 4+1 program are expected to take two graduate courses each semester of their senior year, complete an internship and take six more graduate courses (or equivalent project hours) in the +1 year. Up to 6 graduate course credits may be double-counted toward their BA/BS degree. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.25 or higher and have taken (or are taking) all the following prerequisite courses: Math 111, Math 112, Math 221, CS 170, CS 171, CS 224, CS253 (or CS 323), and CS 255.

Undergraduate students majoring in Environmental Sciences (ENVS) have an opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Emory College and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Emory's Laney Graduate School in five years. ENVS majors take courses in Emory College of Arts and Sciences while concurrently taking graduate-level courses in Laney Graduate School. Students apply in their sophomore year and begin taking graduate courses in their junior year. Students are required to take courses in research design and practice, advanced statistics, natural sciences, environmental policy, and integration of science and policy.

Emory College of Arts and Sciences and the Rollins School of Public Health (RSPH) offer a dual-degree 5-year (4+1) bachelors/masters (BS/MPH) program. The program is designed for students to complete a Bachelor of Science (BS)* degree in Emory College in Environmental Sciences (ENVS) and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree in Environmental Health (EH) in five years.

This program, which bridges the senior year with a fifth year of graduate study, is designed to give advanced students in-depth exposure to graduate study in literature and to further their research and critical skills. Students admitted to the program will undertake limited graduate work in their senior year and then will stay on for a fifth year to concentrate exclusively on graduate studies. The 4+1 program is designed for students seeking additional preparation before applying for PhD programs in English and related fields, as well as for those pursuing other career tracks (such as secondary teaching and publishing) in which an MA degree in English is valuable. Applicants must be Emory English majors in their junior year. Additionally, it will allow students to work more closely with both faculty mentors and with the doctoral students who come to Emory from other institutions.

The 4 + 1 BA/MA Program in Film and Media Studies provides graduate-level education in media literacy, most broadly, in the context of Emory University's mission and goals, it furthers the aim of promoting media literacy by training our students in the history of, and critical approaches to, film and media, as well as in the uses of digital media as tools for research and communication. Students admitted to the Program undertake limited graduate work in their senior year and then enroll in Laney Graduate School for a fifth year of graduate studies. The 4 + 1 BA/MA Program aims to serve students seeking additional preparation before applying to film and media-related Ph.D. programs, as well as those pursuing other film and media career tracks in film/festival curation, film archives, production, or teaching in secondary schools and community colleges, for which an MA degree in Film and Media is helpful. Students work closely with faculty members and with doctoral students in our Ph.D. Certificate program.

The 4+1 Mathematics MS program will offer Emory students a coherent, integrated educational experience designed to prepare them for careers and graduate programs that rely on mathematical knowledge, analytical skills, and computational techniques.

The Juris Master is a one-year degree, earned with the successful completion of 30 credit hours as a full-time student. The J.M. degree does not qualify recipients to practice law. Rather, it is designed to supplement a student's professional pursuits in areas beyond legal practice.

Many industries and professional fields are coping with the growing importance of regulatory oversight, intensifying risk and liability concerns, global economic uncertainty, increasingly complex decision environments as well as pressures for integrated design/build and faster movement to market. As a result, there is an increasing demand for the integration of professional knowledge in the substance of the work with legal principles relevant to the work. With the additional preparation of a J.M. degree, students will be better equipped to deal with such scenarios, by gaining insight in these and other areas of the law. A student who supplements his or her disciplinary knowledge with a related grounding in the law may enhance their value in the market and workplace; realistically assess if further legal studies are appropriate to their career aspirations; and advance interdisciplinary understanding between their undergraduate professions and law.

The JM offers courses of study in political science, jurisprudence, environmental law, media & marketing, innovation & intellectual property, arts management, and many others.

Important Note: Scholarship and Financial Aid

Students 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 chosen program to learn more about financial aid opportunities for graduate study in those departments.

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