Harpur/MBA 4+1 program

Designed exclusively for Binghamton University students in the Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, the Harpur/MBA 4+1 program is compatible with any Harpur undergraduate major and allows students to complete their first year of MBA coursework during their senior year.

The program option allows you to earn an undergraduate degree and an MBA from Binghamton University in only five years, saving you one year of graduate tuition.

Program Highlights:
  • Apply as a junior and begin taking graduate courses during your senior year
  • Increase your marketability and earning potential
  • Save time and money on your path to earning a graduate degree
  • No prerequisite coursework required
  • Explore coursework in finance, leadership/consulting, supply chain management, management information systems, marketing or business analytics, or customize your curriculum through numerous elective offerings

Whether you're an economics major looking to break into the world of finance, a math student looking to dive into business analytics, or an English or psychology major who has what it takes for a career in marketing, there are several benefits associated with applying your Harpur education towards a possible career path in management.


Note: To accommodate for complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, GRE or GMAT scores are accepted, but not required, for 2021 applicants.

How does it work?

Admission to this program allows you to take the first year of MBA coursework in your senior year with those credit hours counting towards fulfilling your Harpur upper-level electives. At the end of your senior year, you graduate from Harpur College with your bachelor's degree and proceed into the second year of the MBA program as an official graduate student.

During years 1-3 students complete 94 liberal arts credits, which include Harpur College division, upper-level and writing requirements, departmental major requirements and general education requirements. Students reserve all "free" upper-level electives for senior year, which consists of the first year MBA coursework.

The Harpur/MBA 4+1 program requires a two-step admissions process: conditional admission to the 4+1 program in your junior year, and formal admission to the Graduate School during your senior year.

Conditional Admission to 4+1 Program

You must apply for conditional admission during the spring of your junior year. If offered conditional admission, you will be able to register for MBA courses during your senior year (also referred to the "transitional year" below), which will be considered as your upper-level Harpur requirements.

When applying, you must submit the following materials to Molly Pianella (mpianella@binghamton.edu) in the School of Management: 

  • Copy of GMAT or GRE scores (Most students take the GMAT exam during their junior year to apply for conditional admission by their spring semester.)
  • Personal statement describing why you are interested in pursuing the MBA.
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendations (these can be from employers, professors or instructors)

Formal Admission to the Graduate School

During the fall of your senior year (88+ undergraduate credits), you will formally apply to the Graduate School. Check with your department to find out if there are any special deadlines for accelerated degree program applicants. When applying, choose the "Accelerated Graduate Degree Application for Admission" option, which is located in the "Home" tab on your application through BU Brain.

Learn more about the admissions process to formally apply for an accelerated degree at the Graduate School.

Course Curriculum: Harpur/MBA 4+1 program

1st-3rd Years (Harpur Academic Requirements)

You can begin preparing for the Harpur/MBA 4+1 program as early as your freshman year. All Harpur College students must complete 126 total credits by the end of their fourth year. To be eligible for the Harpur/MBA 4+1 program, all students must complete a minimum of 94 credits by the end of their junior year, which includes:

  • Undergraduate major requirements
  • Harpur College requirements (upper level, writing and residency requirements)
  • General Education requirements
  • Students who matriculated prior to Summer 2015: 94 Liberal Arts and Sciences credits
  • Students who matriculated Summer 2015 or later: 90 Liberal Arts and Sciences credits

Visit the Harpur Advising website, or speak with your academic advisor to learn more about which majors are eligible, along with your program's curriculum requirements.


One elective must be a technical skills elective, and one elective must be an interpersonal skills elective. Learn more about our elective course offerings here.

4th Year (Senior/Transition Year)
Fall Semester Spring Semester
MGMT 501: Accounting for Managers MGMT 500: Management Information Systems
MGMT 503: Statistical Analysis for Managers MGMT 506: Marketing for Managers
MGMT 505: Finance for Managers MGMT 507: Operations Management
MGMT 508: Organizational Behavior MBA Elective
MGMT 516: Business Communications MGMT 502: Managerial Economics
5th Year (Graduate Status)
Fall Semester Spring Semester

MBA Elective

MGMT 540: Strategic Management
MBA Elective MBA Elective
MBA Elective MBA Elective
MBA Elective MBA Elective

If you have questions about the admissions process or MBA academic advising, contact:

One-Year MBA Option

Harpur students may also be eligible for our One-Year MBA program option, which allows students without an undergraduate degree in business to earn an MBA in only one calendar year.

Prerequisite coursework in microeconomics and statistics is required.