The accelerated 4+1 BSPH – MS in Product Stewarship (MSPS) allows students to graduate with both Bachelor of Science in Public Health–Environmental Health Sciences and Master of Product Stewardship degrees in just five years. This program is one year less than the traditional six-year path of obtaining a bachelor’s and master’s degree, saving time and money and giving students the specialized skills and experience needed to help businesses protect people and the enviroment through all stages of a product's life cycle. This degree combines the foundations of health protection and injury prevention from the BSPH with the academic theory, research, and real-world experience of the MSPS degree.
Accelerated 4+1 BSPH–MS in Product Stewardship
Plan of Study
Students complete three years of bachelor’s degree requirements. During their third year, they apply for the accelerated program. If accepted into the accelerated program, students complete their first year of MSPS coursework during what would have been their fourth year of undergraduate study. That MSPS coursework takes the place of their final BSPH required courses. The student then graduates with their bachelor’s degree the spring after their first year in the MSPS program.
|Year One||Bachelor’s Degree Courses|
|Year Two||Bachelor’s Degree Courses|
|Year Three||Bachelor’s Degree Courses|
|Year Four||Master’s Degree Courses (take place of BSPH requirements)|
Graduate with BSPH degree
|Year Five||Master’s Degree Courses|
The accelerated program is a competitive opportunity for outstanding public health students. To be eligible to apply, students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.
Students who meet the above criteria are not guaranteed admission. All elements of the application including letters of recommendation, scores, GPA, resume, interview and personal statement will be taken into consideration.
When to Apply
Students are encouraged to apply during fall or spring semesters of their junior year, however, the deadline for accelerated BSPH-MSPS applications is June 1. Accepted BSPH-MSPS accelerated students will matriculate into the MSPS program during the fall semester of their senior year.
How to Apply
- Submit an IUPUI Graduate Application
- Submit your Personal Statement
The Personal Statement should contain only responses to the following two questions. Applicants must upload their responses to the Additional Uploads section of the application link.
Please answer each of the following two questions in a concise and well-written essay format. Responses to each question should not exceed 100 words
- Where did your interest in product stewardship originate?
- What do you think you might be doing professionally five years from now?
For each position on the resume or CV, provide the job title, employing agency, dates employed, and responsibilities held. Indicate any additional strengths or skills such as fluency in foreign languages, research experience, teaching experience, community service and demonstration of leadership skills. Include professional certifications, honors, and awards.
- Request Two Letters of Recommendation and Accelerated Form from Program Director
One letter of recommendation is required from a professional source that can provide an unbiased critical assessment of the applicant’s abilities, skills and strengths and weaknesses. Examples of professional and academic sources include academic advisors, professors, preceptors, team leaders or immediate supervisors. Examples of sources that are not acceptable include coworkers, classmates and relatives.
The applicant’s recommender will receive an electronic request to write their letter AFTER the applicant has submitted the online application.
Interviews are requested at the discretion of the Admission Committee and will be conducted in-person.
Begin Planning Early
Prospective accelerated program students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor early to begin planning.
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