Accelerated Degree Programs
Accelerated Bachelor's and Business Degrees
For the busy adult that wants to complete a business degree, an option that is becoming increasingly popular is the Accelerated Bachelor Degree Program. These degree programs are designed to permit busy adults, who either have full time jobs, families, or both, complete their undergraduate degrees in a manner that is more conducive to their lifestyle.
An accelerated Business Degree within itself can be a very beneficial degree to possess today since many jobs are requiring their employees to be well versed in computer skills, accounting skills, and general business topics.
Who chooses an accelerated degree program?
Most of the time, students that enter an accelerated degree program have already earned some form of college credit in the past and are now returning back to school in order to finish their degrees. They may have been out of school anywhere from a couple of years to even a couple of decades, depending on their circumstances. Of course, this isn’t always the case and some students have no previous experience in university life at all.
For a lot of working adults, entering a traditional undergraduate program is simply not a feasible option. It is very difficult to attend school time and work full time and most adults have set responsibilities and obligations that they are unable to work around in order to accommodate a traditional educational program. However, accelerated bachelor degree programs offer more flexibility and an option that can sometimes be beneficial to these types of adults.
What are the benefits of the program?
There are many benefits and incentives to entering accelerated degree programs. Aside from gaining an overall sense of personal achievement that can be garnered from a degree in higher education, having an accelerated business degree can also help in today’s job market as well. Benefits can include:
- gaining a promotion at your current job
- garnering a new job that necessitates a bachelor’s degree
- raising your salary
- allowing you to enter a graduate degree program such as an MBA
How are the programs accelerated?
For the most part, accelerated degree programs like the Accelerated Business Degree runs on a schedule that is quicker than other types of degree programs-hence the name. You might find that the program is more apt to accept transfer credits, too, which can speed up the amount of time that it takes to finish the degree program in general. This is very helpful to busy adults, especially since most schools require a lot of “general education” classes as part of their degree programs.
If you are considering enrolling in a school then you should check with the registrar’s office to see whether or not any past credits that you might have accumulated will transfer and can be applied to your new school and your accelerated degree program.
In addition to the acceleration of the program in general, some schools also accept the CLEP (College-Level Examination Program) which can let you finish your degree in even less time. The CLEP is given by the College Board and is similar to the SATs, although in some cases The CLEP can be used as a parallel for college credits.
What about tuition?
With an accelerated degree program, you might even be eligible for full time financial aid, even if in actuality you are only attending the school on a part time basis. This will vary from school to school, of course, but financial aid can definitely bring relief to those adults that have other financial obligations and find it difficult to pay the school’s full tuition.