Hilbert Introduces Four New 4+1 Programs To Earn A Bachelor’s And Master’s In Five Years

Release Date:
August 28, 2013
Matt Heidt,

HAMBURG, N.Y. – Hilbert College announced that it has introduced four new programs to earn a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in five years. Hilbert’s new 4+1 programs give many students the option of a combined program, which will save the student time and money to earn their master’s degree. Students can enroll in the combined programs starting this fall

These new and innovative combined programs include a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice/Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration; a Bachelor of Science in Forensic Science/Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration; a Bachelor of Science in Human Services/Master of Public Administration: Health Administration; and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science/Master of Public Administration. All four programs allow students to finish their BS degree and simultaneously begin work on the corresponding master's degree. Students can begin taking graduate courses during their final year(s) of undergraduate study and any graduate course taken fulfills the requirements of both the BS and the master’s degrees.

Students will have automatic admission into the respective master’s program, as long as academic requirements are met. As a result of beginning graduate courses during the undergraduate program, students will complete the master's degree in a shorter period of time. The combined program should allow the student to finish both degrees in a 4 + 1 format (5 years), saving students up to two semesters of graduate school. 

For more information on the 4+1 programs visit:

Criminal Justice/MS Criminal Justice Administration -

Forensic Science/MS Criminal Justice Administration -

Human Services/Master of Public Administration: Health Administration -

Political Science/Master of Public Administration -

Program Requirements
Requirements for the combined programs are straightforward. First, you must meet all the regular requirements for the BS in the desired area of study. Second, you can take graduate credits during your final year(s), which can be applied to the credits needed for the BS as well as the courses required for the respective master’s. Finally, you must meet all of the requirements for the master’s degree.

Hilbert College, located in suburban Hamburg, N.Y., south of Buffalo, is a private four-year college founded in 1957 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition. With nearly 1,100 students, Hilbert is a dynamic Western New York college that offers career-focused majors, including one of the top criminal justice programs in the region, and more than 50 minors and concentrations. The college’s engaging, student-centered campus community offers numerous leadership, internship, and service learning opportunities from which students launch successful careers while making positive changes in their communities. The Hilbert Blueprint promotes a well-rounded student experience over four years – starting with the Foundations Seminar in the freshman year, followed by Sophomore Service, Junior Symposium, and culminating with the Senior Capstone. Hilbert has expanded its academic offerings with the college’s first graduate programs and new Accelerated Degree Programs geared to adult learners.