Southern New Hampshire University's online accelerated bachelor's to master's degree programs can give you the opportunity to fast track your education. These accelerated programs allow you to take graduate-level courses at the undergraduate tuition rate during your bachelor's program. Once you've completed your bachelor's program, those graduate-level courses can be applied towards earning your master's degree at SNHU. It's all designed to help you earn your degree in less time for less money.
When earning your degree at SNHU, you can always expect:
- Affordability: As part of our commitment to making education more accessible, you'll find some of the lowest online tuition rates in the nation right here.
- Flexibility: With no set class schedules and 24/7 online access, you can complete your coursework when it's most convenient for you.
- Support: Dedicated academic and career advisors specialized in your area of study are here to support you every step of the way.
- Dedicated Faculty: Learn from instructors with relevant, real-world experience.
- Accessibility: Getting started is easy with our simple application process and free official transfer credit evaluation.
Why Choose an Accelerated Program
If your goals include pursuing a master's degree, you may want to consider one of Southern New Hampshire University's accelerated degree programs. Nowadays, employers are looking for the advanced skills, knowledge and experience a master's degree provides. In fact, 32% of employers decided to increase their educational requirements for job openings across the board.1 There are also a number of industries in which having a master's degree is a prerequisite to any job in the field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, industries that require a master's degree upon entry are projected to grow by 17% by 2026.2
Earning you master's degree can have a positive impact on your career in the long run too. From increased earning potential to career advancement and enhanced industry knowledge, the list of benefits goes on. With accelerated program options that include advanced degrees in accounting, finance, marketing, nursing and sports management, you can be on your way to earning your master's in growing industries in less time for less money.
Talk to your academic advisor today to discuss whether or not the accelerated pathway option is right for you. They'll help guide you through the process and check to see if you meet all of the academic requirements. Students must apply through their academic advisor to enroll in the programs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is an accelerated degree?
True to its name, an accelerated degree is one that can help you reach your educational goals faster.
At SNHU, accelerated degree programs provide affordable pathways to earn a master's degree in less time. Our accelerated programs allow you to incorporate graduate-level courses into your undergraduate studies for the price of an undergraduate course, saving you almost $1,000 per course.
Each accelerated course you take with this program can save you up to 10 weeks of time in earning your master's degree. For business majors, an accelerated pathway can reduce your graduate degree by almost a year. For nursing majors, an accelerated pathway can reduce your MSN by almost six months.
Can you finish a 4-year degree in 2 years?
It's certainly possible. One key factor may be transfer credits. SNHU offers generous transfer credit policies where students can transfer up to 45 credits toward an associate degree and up to 90 credits toward a bachelor’s degree.
For nursing students, your unencumbered nursing license is worth 45 credits and you can achieve up to 45 more credits through prior course work.
For an associate degree, students must complete their final 15 credits at SNHU, with three of those classes (nine credits) within your major. For a bachelor's degree, students must complete 30 credits at SNHU with four of those classes (12 credits) within your major.
At SNHU, students can pursue degrees part-time or full-time for the same price. That way you can earn your degree at a pace that works for you without effecting the cost. And with 6 term starts a year, you won't have to wait till spring or fall to begin your academic journey. Taking two 3-credit courses per term could mean completing 30 credits in as little as one year.
Can you get a degree faster online?
Yes. With SNHU's accelerated degree options, students can earn their undergraduate and graduate degrees faster than you might think. With 6 undergraduate term starts per year, and terms running at 8 weeks in length, you won't have to wait months to enroll at just a few available dates.
Many students also find that, without the need to travel to campus and the ability to do your coursework when it's convenient for you, the flexibility of an online degree is a big advantage over face-to-face options.
What is the quickest online degree?
The degree that will be most convenient for you is usually the one you can obtain the fastest. While accelerated degree programs are fast, there are other options.
Some undergraduate students find it easier to start with an associate degree and build their way up to a bachelor's degree. An associate degree, normally completed in two years, can stack into a bachelor's degree, which can be completed in four. It's important to note that students at SNHU can transfer in up to 90 credits, and we do not require an application fee.
Are accelerated degrees good?
Accelerated degrees are great for getting a fully-accredited degree program in a shorter amount of time.
For those students that can take extra classes or enroll in their degree program full-time, an accelerated program allows them to earn two degrees in the time it may take some students to complete one. Earning a master's degree is an excellent way to increase your credibility and improve your career options. There are fields where a master's degree is needed for career advancement, and earning your degree at a faster rate and lower cost can make pursuing your master's degree even more worthwhile.
Sources (1, 2)
1CareerBuilder, Education requirements on the rise, on the internet, at https://www.careerbuilder.com/advice/education-requirements-on-the-rise (viewed April 12, 2021)
2Bureau of Labor Statistics, Career Outlook, "Employment Outlook for Graduate-level Occupations," on internet, at https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2018/article/graduate-degree-outlook.htm?view_full (viewed April 12, 2021)