ACADEMICS

  • 4-Plus Programs

    Accelerate your path to a master's degree

    Enrolled undergraduate students can make a seamless—and strategic—transition from undergraduate to graduate study at Worcester State University. Our 4-Plus programs encourage our strongest undergraduate students to pursue their graduate degree at WSU, while reducing the time and cost to obtain a master’s degree.

    Combined bachelor’s/master’s degree programs offered:

    • M.S. in Nonprofit Management (B.S. in Sociology or Urban Studies)
    • M.S. in Management (B.S. in Business Administration)
    • M.S. in Nursing (B.S. in Nursing)
    • M.S. in Biotechnology (B.S. in Biotechnology)
    • M.Ed. in Middle School Education with Initial License
    • M.Ed. in Secondary School Education with Initial License
    • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Middle School Education with Initial License
    • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Secondary School Education with Initial License

    If you are a WSU undergraduate student majoring in biotechnology, business administration, nursing, sociology, urban studies, or are interested in pursuing a career in teaching at the Middle or Secondary school level then you are eligible for one of our 4-Plus programs. During your junior year, you’ll be able to apply to the appropriate graduate program based on your undergraduate major.

    • For the M.S. in Nonprofit Management and M.S. in Management programs, the GRE or GMAT is waived for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
    • The M.S. in Nursing program no longer requires GRE scores for any applicant.
    • For the M.S. in Biotechnology program, the GRE is waived for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.

    If you’re accepted into a 4-Plus graduate program, you can enroll in 500-level courses as an undergraduate student. For full-time, day students, taking a 500-level course will not increase your undergraduate costs. For part-time, evening undergraduates, taking a 500-level course results in an additional charge of approximately $300—a savings of $550 because the class double-counts for both degrees.

    For additional details, visit the listing of our graduate programs and select the program you're interested in.

  • Graduate Program Eligible Undergraduate Major(s) Number of Courses Eligible for Graduate & Undergraduate Degrees Benefits to Students Program Coordinator
    M.S. in Nonprofit Management Sociology or Urban Studies 3 courses (up to 9 credits) Waive GRE with 3.0+ GPA; reduce time to master’s degree by 9 credits Shiko Gathuo
    M.S. in Management Business Administration

    2 courses (up to 6 credits)

    BA960, BA962, BA915, or BA912

    Waive GMAT with 3.0+ GPA; reduce time to master’s degree by 6 credits Elizabeth Wark
    M.S. in Nursing Nursing

    2 courses

    NU551, NU525

    Reduce time to master’s degree by 6 credits

    Stephanie Chalupka

    Melissa Duprey

    M.S. in Biotechnology Biotechnology

    3 courses: (up to 10 credits)

    BI921, BI927, BI9xxx (elective)

    Waive GRE with 3.0+ GPA; reduce time to master’s degree by 10 credits Ellen Fynan
    4+ Middle School Education License Initial Licensure Math, Spanish, Environmental/Earth Sciences, English, History, or minors in Political Science with a major or minor in History.

    Up to 13 credits

    ED557, ED509, ES527, ES505 or 506 and ES520.

    Initial licensure as a middle school teacher for program completers.

    Graduate sooner with a Provisional License and then complete initial license credential at your own pace.

    Sara Young
    4+ Secondary Education Initial Licensure Math, Spanish, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental/Earth Sciences, English, History, or minors in Political Science with a major or minor in History.

    Up to 13 credits

    ED573, ED509, ES527, ES505 or 506 and ES521.

    Initial licensure as a high school teacher for program completers.

    Graduate sooner with a Provisional License and then complete initial license credential at your own pace.

    Sara Young
    4+ Initial Licensure and M.Ed. in Middle School Education Math, Spanish, English, History, or minors in Political Science with a major or minor in History.

    Up to 13 credits

    ED557, ED509, ES527, ES505 or 506 and ES520.

    Reduce time to Master’s degree by up to 12 credits. Pathway to initial and professional licenses.

    Eligible for financial aid and graduate assistantships.

    Graduate sooner with a Provisional License and then complete initial license credential at your own pace.

    Sara Young
    4+ Initial Licensure and M.Ed in Secondary Education Math, Spanish, Biology, English, History, or minors in Political Science with a major or minor in History.

    Up to 13 credits

    ED573, ED509, ES527, ES505 or 506 and ES521.

    Reduce time to Master’s degree by up to 12 credits. Pathway to initial and professional licenses.

    Eligible for financial aid and graduate assistantships.

    Graduate sooner with a Provisional License and then complete initial license credential at your own pace.

    Sara Young