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The PlusOne Accelerated Master’s Program provides students with the opportunity to start earning a master’s degree while pursuing undergraduate education. Northeastern undergraduates of any major can complete up to 16 graduate credits during their junior and senior years and apply those credits toward both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree.

Why might this be right for me?

  1. Professionals who enter the workforce with graduate level experience are often more competitive.
  2. The PlusOne option makes financial sense. Up to 16 graduate credits will count toward the completion of your undergraduate and graduate degrees at no additional cost.
  3. The PlusOne program can accelerate the completion of a graduate degree. In most cases a PlusOne degree student can obtain both their undergraduate and graduate diplomas with only one additional year of study.

How do I Apply?

  1. Make an appointment with your Undergraduate Academic Advisor to discuss your PlusOne interest.
  2. If the advisor determines that you are eligible, make an appointment with the PlusOne Master’s Program Director or Administrator about program fit and graduate course offerings.
  3. Follow up with your Undergraduate Academic Advisor who will submit a PlusOne Application on your behalf. 
  4. Processing time may vary, depending on the time of application submission. If you want to know the status of your PlusOne application, contact the Graduate School of Social Sciences and Humanities Admissions Office. Be sure to specify that you are inquiring about a PlusOne application.

You must apply prior to the start of your junior year. It’s never too early to begin talking to your advisor. The courses you will need to take are listed below.


  • PPUA 6502 Economic Institutions and Analysis
  • PPUA 6505 Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • INSH 6500 Statistical Analysis
  • Elective approved by Graduate Program Director
  • PPUA 6502 Economic Institutions and Analysis
  • INSH 6500 Statistical Analysis
  • INSH 6300 Research Methods
  • Elective approved by Graduate Program Director
  • PPUA 5262 Big Data for Cities
  • PPUA 5263 Geographic Information Systems for Urban and Regional Policy
  • INSH 5301 Introduction to Computational Statistics
  • INSH 5302 Information Design and Visual Analytics
  • PPUA 6201 The 21st Century City: Urban Opportunities and Challenges
  • PPUA 6502 or SUEN 6340
  • Gateway Course
  • Methods Course
  • POLS 7387 Global Governance
  • SOCL 7221 Globalization, Development, and Social Justice
  • Social Science Methods Core Course
  • Public Policy Core Course

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Want more information?

For more information, please contact your undergraduate academic advisor, the graduate program director, or the graduate program administrator. They will be able to give you more details about the program and help determine if this program is right for you. You can also email