4+1 in Leadership Studies
The Leadership Studies 4+1 option allows qualified undergraduate students in any major to complete a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies degree in five years.
Students pursuing this option focus on bachelor degree requirements during the first three years, a mix of bachelor and graduate requirements in the fourth year, and exclusively graduate requirements in the fifth year.
The LOS 4+1 undergraduate path comprises at least 80 credits, usually completed after approximately three (3) years of full-time study. After a student has completed all college core and academic major degree requirements, they must fill out the 4+1 concentration form to apply. Please note that declaring the 4+1 concentration does not guarantee acceptance into the MLS program and that a separate application process is required. The MLS application should be completed when the student has at least 80 credits that meet the requirements of the LOS 4+1 checksheet. Once a student is accepted to the MLS program, their status becomes “Admitted” which means they are still undergraduate students; however, they are then able to take the four 500-level MLS courses during their senior year.
If interested in pursuing the LOS 4+1 option, talk to your faculty advisor, and/or call (207) 753-6536 to set up an advising appointment with a Student Success advisor at USM Lewiston/Auburn College.
For a list of all LOS and MLS courses, including a full course rotation schedule, please click here.
Students are required to maintain 3.0 GPA or higher and possess prior organizational experience. A minimum of 108 undergraduate credits and 36 graduate credits are required to complete both degrees.
Students may apply for the 4+1 option at the start of their junior year and enroll in graduate courses after a minimum of 84 credit hours of undergraduate course work has been accumulated.
Recommended Course Sequence:
Students wishing to progress through the graduate program in five years should take LOS 500: Foundations of Leadership I and LOS 550: Cultural Contexts during the fall semester and LOS 501: Foundations of Leadership II and LOS 512: Deliberate Creativity and Innovation during the spring semester of their fourth year of study. After successfully completing these four courses as well as all undergraduate requirements, students will complete their undergraduate degree and become matriculated as a graduate student in the MLS program.
4+1 Student Schedule:
Shared Senior Year Fall: 500, 550
Apply for Graduate Admission to the Masters in Leadership Program using the online application.
Shared Senior Year Spring: 501, 512
After admission to the MLS Program:
Summer One: 610, 2 electives (one fulfilling the second context requirement)
Fall Two: 611, 688, elective
Spring Two: 689, elective