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4+1 Combined B.A./M.A. Program

The 4+1 program is available to current Vanderbilt undergraduate students majoring in MHS or related disciplines. Accepted students receive registration priority in their senior year in order to complete their BA and begin MA requirements. The MA requires 30 credit hours including up to 6 hours of thesis research. Typically, MHS 4+1 students take 3 to 6 hours of graduate coursework in their senior year. 4+1 students complete the same requirements as students in the MA program.

Most 4+1 students engage in research, service learning, or internships in the summer between their 4th and 5th year.


  • Vanderbilt students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Major in MHS or related disciplines
  • No GRE scores are required


UPDATE FOR CURRENT MHS SENIORS: Applications to the 4+1 will be accepted in three waves:

  • November 15, 2020: Deadline for admission for spring 2021.
  • February 15, 2021: Deadline for admission for summer or fall 2021.
  • May 1, 2021: Deadline for admission for fall 2021.

Application materials include:

  • 3 letters of recommendation. Letters do not need to be only from MHS or MHS affiliated faculty members, but at least two should be from faculty members at Vanderbilt or another institute of higher education.
  • Statement of purpose describing your likely research interests and how the MA in MHS will further your career and educational goals (1-2 pages)
  • Submission of GRE and transcripts will be waived for Vanderbilt students

Students applying to start graduate coursework in spring 2021 should submit a statement of purpose and one letter of recommendation to Additional recommendation letters will be solicited later. Students applying for summer or fall 2021 should submit all application materials at


Students who are receiving scholarship or other forms of financial aid as a Vanderbilt undergraduate are advised that such aid applies, in most cases, only toward the completion of the Bachelor’s degree or the first four years of their studies (which may include taking some graduate courses during their senior year). Students pursuing the 4+1 typically seek support for their fifth year of study through student loans and external funding. Information about external funding opportunities is available through the Vanderbilt University Office of Honors Scholarships and Financial Aid.

Questions about the MHS 4+1 MA program? Contact your MHS adviser or Dr. JuLeigh Petty, Assistant Director of MHS, at


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