UChicago Advanced Scholars "4+1" Master's Programs

A master’s degree from the University of Chicago is an incredible opportunity to enhance your future—empowering you professionally, academically, and personally. As a UChicago Advanced Scholar (UAS), you will enhance your skills to complement your bachelor’s degree and in just a year gain advanced skills and expertise that leads to higher salaries and fast-tracked opportunities. The value of a UChicago degree is unmatched in the breadth of opportunities available, where you will gain a deeper understanding of your chosen field and gain expertise that provides real-world returns.

Take your career to the next level with UChicago’s 4+1 graduate programs! These special programs allow you to continue your intellectual journey right here in Hyde Park and graduate with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, typically within 5 years.

These programs are a great option for students who want to:

  • Boost their earning potential

  • Build specialized skills

  • Enhance their competitiveness in the job market

  • Pivot to a new career field

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“I decided to pursue an MPH before medical school to learn about concerns with access to care for under-resourced communities, structures of insurance-physician-consumer relationships, and market regulations, leading to me becoming a well informed and holistic practitioner. My four years at The College were filled with curiosity, support, and passion, so it was a no-brainer accepting my MPH offer. UChicago is home!” – Satvik (SJ) Jain, AB’24, MPH Class of 2025 Student

Eligible Graduate Programs

How to Apply

There are two ways students can apply for a 4+1 program. Applications for 2024-2025 will open again on Handshake on September 1, 2024.

Second Year and Third Year

At the beginning of their second or third year in the College, students can apply for a special accelerated admission program into one of the eligible master’s programs. Participating students can lock in their spot with their preferred master’s program and receive a $5,000 scholarship for their 5th year and a $5,000 internship stipend.

Fourth Year

Fourth-years can apply for 4+1 programs on Handshake. Graduating students who enroll in a 4+1 program are eligible to receive a a $5,000 scholarship during the year after they graduate from the College, along with special career support.

Admissions Criteria for UChicago Advanced Scholars

After being accepted to the UChicago Advanced Scholars Program, students must meet the criteria below to maintain their eligibility for their graduate program.

Course Credit

Please note that Advanced Scholars are not allowed to count their undergraduate coursework towards their master's degree.


Check out the Frequently Asked Questions page. Or, to learn more about UChicago Advanced Scholars, contact Liz Schutz at lizschutz@uchicago.edu.