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The “4 + 1” Bachelors/MBA is a five year program, during which students will spend three years taking courses required for their chosen bachelor’s degree program and in their fourth year, they will complete (along with required undergraduate program courses) 6 credits worth of graduate business (MBA) coursework that both satisfy undergraduate degree requirements and count toward achievement of the MBA degree.

In the fifth year, students will take the courses required for a General MBA, in a full-time format with graduate coursework. Students must apply for acceptance into the program in their junior year and will be admitted into the MBA program in their senior year if they meet the GPA requirement. Students who do not meet program requirements or who choose not to pursue the MBA by completing the remaining courses in year five will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree. Students who complete the 5-year program will possess both a Bachelor’s degree in their undergraduate discipline and an MBA degree.

Program Benefits

  • High-achieving Montclair State students are able to complete a Bachelors and MBA degree in five years
  • Students from a variety of undergraduate disciplines gain valuable business and professional knowledge, skills and experiences that enhance their employability and career options post graduation.
  • Students are able to take advantage of a more cost-effective option for getting an MBA degree by taking some “swing” graduate courses that satisfy both their undergraduate and graduate degrees at the undergraduate tuition rate

The following undergraduate programs are approved for participation in the 4 +1 program:

  • BS in Applied Mathematics and Statistics/MBA
  • BS Biology
  • BS Business Administration
    • Business Analytics
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance
    • Hospitality Management
    • International Business
    • Management
    • Management of Information & Technology
    • Marketing
    • Retail Merchandising & Management
    • Real Estate
    • Sports, Events, & Tourism Marketing
  • BA Classics
  • BS Earth and Environmental Science
  • BA Economics
  • BA in Economics with concentration in Asset Management/MBA
  • BA Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies
  • BA Geographic, Environmental, and Urban Studies
  • BA History
  • BS Hospitality, Sports, Events, and Tourism
  • BA Humanities
  • BA Language, Business, and Culture (with concentrations in Arabic, French, German, and Italian). NOTE: the combined BA/MBA program option is not applicable to the BA in Language Business and Culture with a concentration in Spanish.
  • BS Mathematics
  • BA Philosophy
  • BS Physics
  • BA Psychology
  • BS in Public Health with concentration in Community Health Education/MBA
  • BS in Public Health with concentration in Health Systems Administration and Policy/MBA
  • BA Religion
  • BS Sustainability Science
  • BA Writing Studies

As enrollees in a 5 year Bachelors/MBA program, students complete 120 credits of undergraduate courses including 6 credits of MBA core courses that satisfy both degrees' requirements, 24 credits of remaining MBA core coursework and 6 credits of MBA elective courses, for a total of 150 credits.

Interested in Pursuing the 4+1 Bachelor’s / MBA Program? Follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Schedule an appointment with an MBA Advisor by contacting the MBA Office at 973-655-4306 / mba@montclair.edu

Step 2: Complete a change of major form to designate intent to participate in the 4 + 1 Bachelor’s / MBA program. Note: You should complete the change of major form after meeting with an MBA Advisor regarding the 4+1 Bachelor’s / MBA program. 

Step 3: Complete foundation courses in Statistics, Accounting, and Finance (if not already completed) and earn at least a B- or better in all three foundation courses. 

Step 4: Register for 6 credits of MBA Swing Courses (four 1.5 credit classes) in the Spring semester of your senior year.


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April Sime
MBA Office