4+1 Accelerated Pathways
How Does It Work?
Accepted 4+1 Pathways students are provided with seamless master's program entry and an accelerated course of study toward an advanced degree.
After acceptance, Buffalo State undergraduates get a head start by taking graduate-level courses during their senior year.
A maximum of 9 credit hours (divided between the first and second semesters) may be taken during the senior year.
Students commit to follow the curriculum (i.e., academic roadmap) detailed by the respective 4+1 Pathway and must maintain academic eligibility, as outlined by the program's admission requirements.
How to Apply
Meet with your undergraduate adviser for approval. After receiving approval, complete the 4+1 Pathway Application for your chosen degree.
Candidates are required to submit a statement indicating their intent to remain at Buffalo State through their undergraduate and graduate studies.
When to Apply
You may apply as early as your first year, but generally no later than your sophomore year.
Applications must be submitted no later than the junior year of study and before a student will be permitted to enroll in eligible graduate courses.
- Adult Education, M.S.
- Data Science & Analytics, M.S.
- Data Science & Analytics in Multidisciplinary Studies, M.S.
- Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration, M.S.
- Literacy Specialist, M.S.Ed.*
- Public Administration in Public & Nonprofit Management, M.P.A.
*The Literacy Specialist, Early Admission Pathway is restricted to undergraduate students seeking a degree in any secondary education subject area.
4+1 programs allow students to earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in just five years, rather than the usual six or seven.
SUNY Buffalo State's unique graduate programs provide students with more career options and the ability to advance quickly in their chosen field.
Our distinctive, accredited graduate degrees and certificate programs provide practical training and critical skills for advancement in today’s competitive job market.