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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 Applied Mathematics PlusOne

BS Mathematics

Students interested in pursuing the Applied Math PlusOne program should first contact their Faculty Advisor listed below 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!

Program Contacts

Solomon Jekel, PhD

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Click here to download a PDF about the Applied Mathematics PlusOne.

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

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

Once the program has been reviewed with your Faculty Advisor, students are asked to connect with the Assistant Director listed below 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.

Program Contacts

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

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

Khoury College Academic Advisor: Computer Science

Amanda Davis, Assistant Director for Graduate Programs

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Click here to download a PDF about the Bioinformatics PlusOne.

MS Biotechnology PlusOne (CPS)

BS Biotechnology

Students interested in pursuing the BS Biotechnology/MS Biotechnology PlusOne should first contact, Program Director listed below to express interest and find out more about the program.

Once the program has been reviewed with the Program Director students are asked to connect with the Undergraduate Advisor listed below, to review program requirements and become eligible to apply. After meeting with the Undergraduate Advisor,  please make a phone or in-person appointment with the Administrative Operations Manager listed below to review the program.

Program Contacts:

Elizabeth Zulick, PhD, Program Director   

David Cichocki, Undergraduate Advisor  

Cynthia Bainton, Administrative Operations Manager  

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Click here to download a PDF about the Biotechnology PlusOne.

MS Biotechnology PlusOne

BS Biochemistry
BS Biology
BS Cell and Molecular Biology
BS Chemistry

Students interested in pursuing the Biotechnology PlusOne program should first contact their Faculty Advisor listed below 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!

Program Contacts

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

Cynthia Bainton, Administrative Operations Manager, Biotechnology Program

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Click here to download a PDF about the Biotechnology PlusOne.

MS Chemistry PlusOne

BS Biochemistry
BS Chemistry

Students interested in pursuing the Chemistry PlusOne program should first contact their listed below 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 listed below 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!

Program Contacts

Undergraduate Academic Advisor

Tara Loschiavo, Academic Coordinator

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Click here to download a PDF about the Chemistry PlusOne.

MS Environmental Science and Policy PlusOne

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

Students interested in pursuing the Environmental Science and Policy PlusOne program should first contact their Faculty Advisor listed below 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 the Program Director listed below 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!

Program Contacts

Tara Duffy, PhD, Marine Biology

Mal Hill, PhD, Environmental Studies and Environmental Science

Jennifer Bowen, PhD, Ecology and Evolutional Biology

Benjamin Dittbrenner, PhD, MS in Environmental Science and Policy Program Director

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Click here to download a PDF about the Environmental Science and Policy PlusOne.

MS Marine Biology (Three Seas) PlusOne

BS Marine Biology

Students interested in pursuing the Marine Biology (Three Seas) PlusOne program should first contact the Program Manager listed below to express interest and find out more about the program.

Once the program has been reviewed, students are asked to connect with the Faculty Advisor listed below 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!

Program Contacts

Andrea Jerabek, Program Manager

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

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Click here to download a PDF about the Marine Biology PlusOne.

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

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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