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Wesleyan 4 + 1 Program

Committed to our values of educational opportunities and excellence, Wesleyan College has provided a pathway for students to accelerate their course of study by completing both their bachelor’s degree and their master’s degree in approximately five years of full-time study, saving both time and money. Students can take up to 6 credit hours in one of our graduate programs, while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Programs that participate in this program are: M.B.A., M.S. Nonprofit Management, and M.A. Industrial Organizational Psychology.

Students must apply for admission to the 4+1 program in their junior year of study. If accepted to the program, the student will take two graduate courses during their senior year. Graduate-level program courses completed may be substituted by the academic advisor to count towards an unmet undergraduate degree course requirement if the course content is related (see below of courses that have been approved for substitution). Otherwise, the graduate-level courses will be counted as elective credit.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
The 4+1 Graduate Program is only open to Wesleyan students who: 
  1. Have earned a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher by the end of the junior year of study. 
  2. Have been accepted to the graduate program by completing the admissions for the program they are applying for:

Industrial Organizational Psychology

  • a completed application
  • a statement of purpose (approximately 500-1000 words)
  • a curriculum vita or resume
  • one letter of recommendation from a Wesleyan faculty member
  • academic writing sample (a paper written for a course you completed)
  • Completion of PSY101 General Psychology and MAT/PSY 220 Statistics prior to applying with at least a C grade. This program is open to any major.
  • an admissions interview will be scheduled with the program director once all documents have been received

MBA/ MS Nonprofit Management/MS Healthcare Administration

  • a completed application
  • Current major in business administration with the completion of at least 6 of the 12 business core classes in the major, including at least one upper level course, all with a C grade or higher. 
  • a curriculum vita or resume
  • one letter of recommendation from a Wesleyan faculty member
  • an admissions interview will be scheduled with the program director once all documents have been received
PROGRAM SPECIFICS
  1. Once a student has been admitted to the graduate program, they are eligible to enroll in two graduate courses.
  2. Being accepted into the 4+1 Graduate Program does not alter the student's type. Until the bachelor’s degree is conferred, the student remains a bachelor’s degree-seeking student for purposes of federal and state financial aid as well as any aid awarded to them as part of their undergraduate admission. 
  3. Upon graduating with a Bachelor’s degree, the student is immediately eligible to take the remaining graduate classes to complete the master’s degree.  
  4. To obtain a master’s degree from Wesleyan, a student must have completed the required credit hours at the graduate level required by the program. All graduate coursework counting toward the master’s degree must meet the regular, published master’s degree requirements from Wesleyan.
  5. While an undergraduate in the 4+1 Program, Wesleyan will collect and retain undergraduate tuition at Wesleyan’s rates. Financial aid, including scholarships, will be calculated in accordance to Wesleyan College’s then-current policies 
COURSE SUBSTITUTIONS

MBA/MS Nonprofit/MS Healthcare Administration

EBA 600: Executive Management Accounting
ACC 202: Principles of Managerial Accounting (or Business elective)

EBA 602: Organizational Behavior in Management
BUS 317: Organizational Behavior (or Business elective)

Industrial Organizational Psychology

PSY504: Organizational Behavior and Theory
PSY 312: Industrial and Organizational Psychology

PSY 503: Social Psychology in the Workplace
PSY203: Social Psychology

Students may also substitute the two graduate courses for 6 credits of elective to complete their 120 credits to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

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