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PlusOne Degrees and Accelerated PhD Programs

The PlusOne program allows students the opportunity to pursue both a bachelor’s and master’s degree successively in a condensed period of time. We also offer Accelerated PhD programs in Biology and Physics.

For students pursuing a PlusOne degree, several credits of undergraduate work are replaced by graduate coursework, thus permitting the completion of an undergraduate degree, as well as a full master’s degree, in a shorter period of time than would be possible if students pursued each degree separately through the traditional route. 

In most programs, with appropriate academic progress, students receive the master’s degree one year after completing the undergraduate degree. 

To apply to the PlusOne Master’s degree or Accelerated PhD program you must be a current Northeastern undergraduate student. Interested students should see instructions below for more information before submitting an application. Eligible candidates will complete an online application via ApplyYourself. Undergraduate transcripts will be automatically submitted by Graduate Admissions and Student Services once the application is complete.  No GRE or application fee is required!   

PlusOne Programs

MS Bioinformatics PlusOne

BS Behavioral Neuroscience
BS Biochemistry
BS Biology
BS Cell and Molecular Biology
BS Computer Science
BS Computer Science and Biology
BS Computer Science and BNS

BS Data Science and Biochemistry
BS Data Science and Behavioral Neuroscience

Nine undergraduate degrees (listed above) are eligible for entry into the MS Bioinformatics program as a PlusOne participant. Thirty-two graduate credits are required for the PlusOne MS Bioinformatics program. Half of these (16 SH) can be taken as an undergraduate student. The other half will be taken as a graduate student. Upon graduation with a BS, students are considered full-time graduate students, enrolling in the same courses as other second-year graduate students in the MS Bioinformatics program.

Students interested in pursuing the Bioinformatics PlusOne program should first contact their Undergraduate Faculty Advisor listed below to express interest and find out more about the program.

Professor Veronica Godoy-Carter: Biochemistry, Biology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Computer Science and Biology, Data Science and Biochemistry

Professor Jennifer Ingemi: Behavioral Neuroscience, Computer Science and Behavioral Neuroscience, Data Science and Behavioral Neuroscience

Khoury College Academic Advisor: Computer Science

Once the program has been reviewed with your academic advisor, students are asked to connect with the Bioinformatics Graduate Program to review program requirements and become eligible to apply.

Students submit a formal application via ApplyYourself. Undergraduate transcripts will be automatically submitted by Graduate Student Services once the application is complete.  No GRE or application fee is required.

Amanda Davis, Assistant Director for Graduate Programs

MS Environmental Science and Policy PlusOne

BS Environmental Studies
BS Environmental Science
BS Marine Biology
BS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Four undergraduate degrees (listed above) are eligible for entry into the MS Environmental Science and Policy program as a PlusOne participant, including:

If you are a motivated and academically strong student interested in solving critical challenges in the complex and multi-layered interactions between humans and our environment, this program may be right for you. In as little as five years, you can earn a bachelor’s degree, and an MS in Environmental Science and Policy while still having the opportunity to participate in experiential learning. 

Students interested in pursuing the Environmental Science and Policy PlusOne program should first contact their Faculty Major Advisor to express interest and find out more about the program.

Once the program has been reviewed with the faculty major, students are asked to connect with the Benjamin Dittbrenner, Program Director (b.dittbrenner@northeastern.edu) to review program requirements and become eligible to apply.

Students submit a formal application via ApplyYourself. Undergraduate transcripts will be automatically submitted by Graduate Admissions and Student Services once the application is complete.  No GRE or application fee is required!

Contact Faculty Major Advisors:

Tara Duffy, Marine Biology

Mal Hill, Environmental Studies and Environmental Science

Jennifer Bowen, Ecology and Evolutional Biology

Benjamin Dittbrenner, MS in Environmental Science and Policy Program Director

MS Applied Mathematics PlusOne

BS Mathematics

Students should apply to the Math PlusOne program in their junior year. They will spend one year completing their undergraduate requirements to obtain a BS in Math, and then transition to the MS part of the BS Math/MS Applied Math program.

Students interested in pursuing the Applied Math PlusOne program should first contact Professor Solomon Jekel, Faculty Advisor to express interest and find out more about the program.

Students submit a formal application via ApplyYourself. Undergraduate transcripts will be automatically submitted by Graduate Student Services once the application is complete.  No GRE or application fee is required!

Advisor Contact: Solomon Jekel, PhD

MS Marine Biology (Three Seas) PlusOne

BS Marine Biology

The Three Seas Marine Biology is open to rising juniors and seniors majoring in Marine Biology with a 3.0 GPA. Students complete 43 graduate credit hours in the field-intensive Three Seas program, including a semester spent abroad at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama and Friday Harbor Labs in Washington State. The program culminates in a six month graduate internship. 12 credits from the Three Seas Program can be double counted toward the undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Students submit a formal application via ApplyYourself. Undergraduate transcripts will be automatically submitted by Graduate Student Services once the application is complete.  No GRE or application fee is required!

Contact Faculty Advisors:

Andrea Jerabek, Program Manager

Tara Duffy, Marine Biology Major Advisor/Three Seas Faculty Head

MS Biotechnology PlusOne

BS Biochemistry
BS Biology
BS Cell and Molecular Biology
BS Chemistry

Four undergraduate degrees (listed above) are eligible for entry into the MS Biotechnology program as a PlusOne participant.

Students interested in pursuing the Biotechnology PlusOne program should first contact their Undergraduate Faculty Advisor, Professor Veronica Godoy-Carter to express interest and find out more about the program. 

Once the program has been reviewed with the Faculty Advisor, students are asked to connect with their Undergraduate Academic Advisor to review program requirements and become eligible to apply.

Students submit a formal application via ApplyYourself. Undergraduate transcripts will be automatically submitted by Graduate Student Services once the application is complete.  No GRE or application fee is required!

Cynthia Bainton, Administrative Operations Manager

MS Chemistry PlusOne

BS Biochemistry
BS Chemistry

Two undergraduate degrees (listed above) are eligible for entry into the MS Chemistry program as a PlusOne participant.

Students interested in pursuing the Chemistry PlusOne program should first contact their Undergraduate Academic Advisor and/or potential graduate thesis advisor to express interest and find out more about the program.

Once the program has been reviewed with Academic Advising and/or potential Graduate Thesis Advisor, students are asked to contact the department’s Academic Coordinator and/or Director of Graduate Studies to learn more about the MS requirements of the program.

Students submit a formal application via ApplyYourself. Undergraduate transcripts will be automatically submitted by Graduate Student Services once the application is complete.  No GRE or application fee is required!

Tara Loschiavo, Academic Coordinator

MAT Education PlusOne

BS Psychology

Psychology students interested in becoming elementary school teachers (Grades 1-6) now have the opportunity to earn both a BS in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in five years.

This program provides students with a foundation in the interdisciplinary science of psychology (including courses in human development, learning, and cognition) as well as courses directly addressing classroom teaching and issues in education.

The program consists of a combination of psychology and education courses required in the first four years, an education related co-op, as well as other NU path requirements. In the fifth year, eligible students can enter the MAT program in the College of Professional Studies.

If you are interested in this program, please contact Professor Nancy Snyder.

Accelerated PhD Programs

PhD Physics Accelerated Program
BS Physics

To participate  in the program, students must be on spring co-op (Div BA) or skip their last co-op, and must have a 3.5 GPA in their physics courses for accelerated entry into the program. Students can participate by successfully completing the degree requirements, including successful completion of two 7000-level physics graduate courses and one shared 5000 level course before receiving their BS degree (PHYS7321, PHYS7301 and PHYS 5318). All students must email the Graduate Director  by April 1st before the start of their final undergrad year for permission to take 7000 level courses to enter the first stage of the BS/PhD program. Acceptance into this stage will allow students to take the 7000 level courses required for entry to the program, but this does not guarantee admission to graduate portion of the program. Students would then apply formally to the graduate program by December 1st of year 4 (or year 5 for undergraduate students opting for a 5-year BS track), and receive their BS at the end of year 4 (or year 5 for undergraduate students opting for a 5-year BS track).

BS/PhD students will apply to the Physics PhD program by December 1st in the final year of their BS degree. If students meet the grade and course requirements, we will require only standard application materials such as a personal statement, two letters of recommendation, and transcript. These limited application requirements are defined as accelerated admission and contingent upon successful completion of the 2 – 7000 level courses and 1 – 5000 level course. Students must have a grade of B or higher in all three courses to apply for accelerated admission.

Students interested in pursuing the Accelerated PhD in Physics should first contact the Graduate Director, Meni Wanunu, PhD to express interest and find out more about the program.

Students submit a formal application via ApplyYourself. Undergraduate transcripts will be automatically submitted by Graduate Student Services once the application is complete.  No GRE or application fee is required!  Please see application requirements by degree.

Program Contact – Meni Wanunu

PhD Biology Accelerated Program
BS Biology

Students submit a formal application via ApplyYourself during their final year of the BS program. Undergraduate transcripts will be automatically submitted by Graduate Student Services once the application is complete.  No GRE or application fee is required!  Please see application requirements by degree.

Program Contact

Dori Woods, PhD

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