Earn a Master's Degree in a Year
A master’s degree can provide you an additional level of expertise in an area aligned with your career goals. As a currently enrolled Bachelor of Science (BS) student in the College of Engineering at Northeastern, you have the opportunity to earn a Master of Science degree (MS) in an accelerated time period with the PlusOne program. Once accepted into the program in an approved PlusOne pathway, which is a BS and MS PlusOne combination, you can earn an MS degree with, in most cases, just one extra year of study beyond your undergraduate degree program.
How It Works
PlusOne is a five-year program, including two six-month co-op positions as part of the undergraduate curriculum. First earn your BS degree in four years, and, in most cases, graduate with your MS degree the following year. To earn an MS degree in one year in the PlusOne program rather than the traditional two years, you will use either two or four MS courses to fulfill some of your BS requirements, thus using those courses to meet both sets of degree requirements.
View the PlusOne Details and Policies page for eligibility, how to apply and more information.
Find the Right PlusOne Pathway for You
Start planning for an accelerated master’s degree with the PlusOne program as early as your second year and up to your final year as an undergraduate student. There is a broad array of BS and MS PlusOne combinations within the College of Engineering and across the university for you to choose.
To select a PlusOne pathway:
- View your BS degree program web page to see the PlusOne pathways available with that BS degree.
- Then, view the MS degree page(s) of the pathway(s) you are interested in to learn about the programs and select one that interests you.
- Contact your academic advisor for assistance in selecting a pathway and your courses.
You can also view all College of Engineering MS degrees with a PlusOne pathway.
The PlusOne Advantage
- Earn your BS degree in four years, and, in most cases, one year later graduate with an MS degree. Participate in two co-ops as an undergraduate for real-world experience.
- BS conferral is independent of the MS degree so earning your BS degree is not affected by progress in the MS program.
- Select from a broad array of BS and MS PlusOne combinations within the College of Engineering and across the university to personalize your path.