MMA's "4+1" Equals Infinite Possibilities

4 + 1 students gather after class

In its continual pursuit of keeping pace with contemporary educational and industry needs and trends, MMA launched its “4+1”combined undergraduate/master’s degree programs in fall 2018.  This program allows qualified MMA undergraduates to complete both degrees in five years.  Applying in their junior year, those selected dual-enroll in the graduate program, completing the first half of their master’s degree during their senior undergraduate year. Currently, there are eleven MMA undergraduate “4+1” students pursuing MMA’s various graduate degrees.

The executive-formatted graduate programs (alternate academic weekends) at MMA’s Waltham campus allows students to enter the work force after graduation while they pursue their respective master’s degree.  "4+1" allows them to a) accelerate the completion of their graduate level education while b) benefiting from the professional experience and expertise of their more senior graduate cohort members; and c) enjoy significant graduate degree cost savings!

“4+1” is not for every MMA cadet, and the program is selective. But it is the right fit for those who seek an accelerated academic program to prepare them for the challenges and opportunities in today’s professional environment. Lauren Fitch, a “4+1” student (BS, Energy Systems Engineering and MS Facilities Management candidate) notes:  “This program was a great decision for me because it allowed me to pursue my goals of continuing my education while kick-starting my career in energy management. I truly urge any current students at MMA who are thinking of applying to the program to jump at this amazing opportunity. It has been one of the best decisions I've made, and I look forward to completing the program and becoming a 'Double-Buccaneer'!”

To learn more about the “4+1” program go to or contact Dr. James McDonald, Dean, Graduate and Continuing Education at 508-830-5096 or by email: