The Benefits of an

Accelerated Degree Program

What is an Accelerated Degree Program?

Achieve two goals in one. Accelerated degree programs combine a bachelor's and master's degree in the same or similar field of study into one condensed, fast-paced program, allowing students to work simultaneously toward a bachelor’s and advanced degree.

Save Time & Money

Top 5 Reasons to Earn an Accelerated Degree

Start your master's degree while you finish your bachelor's degree.
Complete both degrees faster than completing the two degrees separately.
Pay once for courses that count toward both degrees.
Bypass graduate admissions tests.
Advance in your career faster.

Time-to-Completion

Traditional degree program:
  • Bachelor's Degree: 3-5 years
  • Master's Degrees: 2-4 years
Average time to complete both degrees? →

7 years

Accelerated degree program:
  • Bachelor's Degree: 3-5 years
  • Master's Degrees: 1-3 years
*Depending on field of study and offering institution
Average time to complete both degrees? →

5 years

Time-to-Completion

Traditional degree program

Bachelor's Degree: 3-5 years

Master's Degrees: 2-4 years

Average time to complete both degrees? →

7 years

Accelerated degree program

Bachelor's Degree: 3-5 years

Master's Degrees: 1-3 years

*Depending on field of study and offering institution

Average time to complete both degrees? →

5 years

What's It All Worth?

There's no denying that college is expensive. However, most life-changing investments are. Education is arguably the most worthwhile investment you can make in your life and the lives of your children.

• Higher Earning Potential •

Bachelor's degree holders earn a median income twice that of those with a high school diploma.1

Education is the single most important factor in determining a person's income.1

There is a strong, positive correlation between degree level earned and salary potential:

Compare Salaries →

Ph.D., Doctoral

$84,496

Master's

$69,732

Bachelor's

$59,124

Associate's

$41,496

High School Diploma

$41,496

• Lower Unemployment •

DID YOU KNOW?

College graduates are less likely to be unemployed in any field.4

DID YOU KNOW?

When unemployed, college graduates find new jobs faster than those with only a high school diploma.4

Healthier Quality of Life

  • 70% of college graduates receive health insurance from their employee.3
  • Less than 50% of employees with only a high school diploma receive health insurance.3
More education increase that amount of retirement income (other than Social Security) that a person receives.

Resources

1 U.S. Census Bureau. The Big Payoff: Educational Attainment and Synthetic Estimates of Work-Life Earnings. Accessed May 4, 2017. https://www.census.gov/prod/2002pubs/p23-210.pdf.

 

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employment Projections. Accessed May 5, 2017. https://www.bls.gov/emp/ep_chart_001.htm.

 

3 Beckstead, Rachel. College Atlas. Benefits of College and a College Degree. Accessed May 10, 2017. https://www.collegeatlas.org/earn-a-college-degree.html.

 

4 Pew Research Center. The Rising Cost of Not Going to College. Accessed May 9, 2017. http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2014/02/11/the-rising-cost-of-not-going-to-college/.

 

6 Warne, Lewis. National Center for Policy Analysis. More Education, Better Retirement. Accessed May 9, 2017. http://www.ncpa.org/pub/ib125.