4+1/Accelerated Programs

Master of Science in Human Rights Accelerated Degree (BA/BS +MS)

Complete your bachelor’s degree and your Master of Science in Human Rights in just five years!

The accelerated Master of Science in Human Rights Accelerated Degree (BA/BS +MS)  allows you to take undergraduate classes for your first three years. In your fourth year, you combine bachelor- and master-level courses into your schedule and graduate with your bachelor’s degree. In your fifth year, you are admitted to the Graduate School and focus solely on the coursework to complete your master’s degree.

These programs combine the undergraduate program in a discipline (BA or BS), and the Master of Science in Human Rights (MSHR) graduate program.

Accelerated degree programs are offered in the following disciplines:

  •  Environmental Studies
  • French
  • History
  • Human Development
  • Italian
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)
  • Philosophy, Politics and Law (PPL)
  • Spanish

Program requirements

The accelerated programs include the entire current Binghamton University discipline bachelor’s requirements and the current MSHR program. The accelerated programs save students one semester of time relative to the separate, sequentially taken BA/BS and MSHR degrees. The number of discipline courses in the accelerated program is the same as for the BA/BS and MSHR done separately.

The accelerated programs provide and opportunity for a limited number off outstanding students to graduate in five years with a discipline BA/BS and MSHR degree. Students applying for the 4+1 must have a grade point average of 3.5 or greater.

Plan of study

The plan of study for each of the BA/BS +MSHR programs provide students and advisors with a form to guide students through the requirements.

Required courses

In addition to undergraduate requirements, students will complete:

MSHR 500: Human Rights Theory and Practice I

MSHR 501: Human Rights Theory and Practice II

MSHR 504: Integrative Community Based Research

MSHR 505: Integrative Community Based Research II

MSHR 510: Theorizing Social Change and Human Rights

MSHR 512: Community Organizing, Community Research and Human Rights

MSHR 520: Community Based Experience


MSHR 599: Capstone Project

Students enrolled in the accelerated program must earn a B in all courses to progress to subsequent semesters. 


Interested students are advised to complete this form and schedule a time to meet with the MSHR education coordinator in the Department of Human Development and with their advisor in Harpur College or the Department of Human Development at the beginning of their junior year to ensure that all requirements are met in a timely manner and to confirm eligibility for the accelerated degree option.

If students are granted permission to continue as a MSHR in the fifth year a formal application is submitted online via BU BRAIN.

As with the MSHR program, students will submit transcripts, resume, personal statement and letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should preferably be from discipline professors familiar with the applicant’s work or from the supervisor of an extended position held by the applicant in their profession.