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Psychology BA/MA 4+1 Program

The Psychology BA/MA 4+1 program allows students to complete the requirements for both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology in five years.  This is a non-license eligible master’s degree designed to prepare students for doctoral work or to make students more competitive for jobs after graduation.  For high-achieving students, we offer the following options to guarantee admission or accelerate your path to earning a master’s degree in psychology.

Early entry

This option allows you to potentially start your master’s in psychology coursework during your 4th year after the completion of all undergraduate major and core requirements.  Students are not officially admitted to the master’s program until they have received their bachelor’s degree.  To qualify for this option, you must:

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate psychology major at the University of Indianapolis.
  • Submit a letter from your undergraduate academic advisor approving that all designated university core and major courses will be completed prior to your fourth year of college.
  • Apply and be accepted to the Master’s in Psychology program during your junior year.

Following the completion of your undergraduate degree and two semesters of MA in Psychology coursework, students will receive an official acceptance into the MA in Psychology program.

Early Assurance Admission

The University of Indianapolis offers a unique program called the Early Assurance Admission Program designed for incoming freshman who have declared psychology as their undergraduate major.  This option, which is not available for transfer students, will inform your course selections throughout your career as an undergraduate.  With acceptance into the Early Assurance Admission Program and fulfillment of all program criteria, you will be guaranteed admission into our Master’s in Psychology program.  Students accepted into the Early Assurance Admission Program can follow either the Early Entry Option (i.e., complete all undergraduate requirements in 3 years) or the Bachelor’s Degree Option (i.e., complete all undergraduate requirements in 4 years).

Qualifications for Early Assurance Admission Program

To be considered for the Early Assurance Admission Program, candidates must be admitted into the University of Indianapolis, declare psychology as their undergraduate major, and meet the following criteria:

  • High school minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proficiency in high school Math and English courses
  • Qualified standardized test scores

Once admitted into the Early Assurance Admission Program, students must maintain specific academic standards to keep their guaranteed status into the graduate program.  The standards include:

  • If following the Early Entry Option, all undergraduate major requirements must be met before entering into the graduate program.  If following the Bachelor’s Degree Option, the bachelor’s degree must be completed before entering the graduate program.
  • Students must complete and maintain a 3.5 GPA in all courses before entering the graduate program.  GPAs will be checked each semester.
  • A grade of “C” or higher is required in all psychology course work. 
  • Attend yearly, schedule advising sessions with an assigned psychology faculty advisor and provide required documentation. 
  • Submit an application for the MA in Psychology program.  After the application is submitted, the program director will review the application and the student will be alerted if there are additional requirements before being granted admission status.