PlusOne Program

The PlusOne Accelerated Master’s Program offers motivated students the opportunity to start earning their master’s degree while pursuing an undergraduate education. 


Why PlusOne 

The PlusOne program enables students to: 

  • Accelerate learning– By earning up to 16 credits toward a master’s degree, undergraduate students can receive their graduate degree up to one year sooner than a traditional master’s program. 
  • Cut costs– Since those 16 credits count toward undergraduate and graduate education at no additional cost, a PlusOne degree can result in significant financial savings. 
  • Gain a competitive edge– By 2022, 18% of jobs will require a master’s degree. (Bureau of Labor Statistics) 
  • Earn more – Advanced degree holders earn a salary on average 35% higher than bachelor’s degree holders. (State Higher Education Executive Officers) 

PlusOne at CAMD

Traditionally, PlusOne programs are aligned between undergraduate and graduate studies, where students pursue a master’s degree in their undergraduate discipline. CAMD’s PlusOne programs are designed differently—and we aim to rethink the relationship between degrees and desired career paths. 

PlusOne at CAMD affords students the freedom to cultivate complementary, interdisciplinary skill sets by pursuing graduate degrees in subject areas beyond what they studied as undergrads. The result is a highly flexible, practical, and personalized academic experience that primes students for success in a wide array of emerging fields. 


Admissions Details

Admission is based on the academic standards defined by the specific PlusOne program students are applying into. Upon successful completion of their undergraduate degree requirements and admission into the PlusOne, students earn guaranteed placement in their graduate degree program. 

If a student decides to pursue only the undergraduate portion of the PlusOne program, all regular undergraduate program and course requirements will apply. Credit from the undergraduate degree cannot be used toward the graduate degree at a later date. 

Planning and Eligibility 

Starting as early as their sophomore year, interested students should begin speaking with their academic advisor to evaluate options and start planning ahead. Non-CAMD majors are also eligible! Meet with your primary academic advisor to verify that you have room for at least four general electives. 

Thinking of three co-opsPlusOne programs are perfect! Complete two co-ops in the undergrad years and then do the third in your graduate year. In as little as five years, you can earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree and have completed three co-ops! 

Students must have a minimum overall 3.000 GPA and must have at least 64 semester-hours of earned or earned and in-progress credits before they are eligible to apply.