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Accelerated Master’s Pathway

A Faster Path to Your Master’s Degree

Are you starting your Bachelor’s program with your sights already set on a Master’s degree? You can save time and money with the accelerated Master’s pathway.

Or maybe you’re not sure about getting a Master’s, but want to keep your options open. It’s good news for you, too.

Take Master's courses during your Bachelor's Program

You can save up to $6,000—and finish both your Bachelor's and Master's in as few as three years. 1 The accelerated Master’s pathway gives you a great start on your Master's while you earn your Bachelor's. You take up to four courses that count toward your Bachelor’s program, and also transfer into your Master’s program. It's available in eight of our popular Bachelor's programs, including some program specializations.

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How It Works

    Lean into Your Full Potential

    See how it feels to achieve at the graduate level, leaning into your future growth and potential career path. You can take Master’s courses to count toward the requirements of your Bachelor's degree—while paying the lower Bachelor’s tuition rate.

    Plus, if you're unsure about pursuing a Master's degree, this is a great way to test the waters. Even if you don’t continue to a Master’s program, you’ve gained graduate-level knowledge and skills at no extra tuition cost.

    Speed to Your Master’s Degree

    Take up to four Master's courses at the Bachelor's tuition rate. These courses count toward your Bachelor's degree. But they also transfer directly into specific Master's programs that are a natural next step. So you’re that far ahead when you start your Master’s.

    • Complete up to 1/3 of your Master’s degree during your Bachelor’s program
    • Finish your Master’s in as little as one year after your Bachelor’s
    • Save up to $6,000 by the time you complete your Master's degree
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    In an accelerated Master's pathway, you not only earn 90 credits during your Bachelor's degree program, but also can earn up to 16 Master's-degree level credits at the same time, lowering the number of Master's degree credits you need to up to 32, for a total of 122 credits. Whereas, in a standard path to a Master's degree, you start with earning your 90 Bachelor's-degree credits, then 48 Master's-degree credits, for a total of 138 credits. Thus, an accelerated Master's pathway can shorten your time to graduation with a Master's degree.

Up to 4 Master’s classes at Bachelor’s tuition rates

Save up to $6,0001 when you complete your Master’s degree

As little as 1 year1 of additional school to get your Master's degree

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Many of our programs offer Flex Choice. From credit for prior learning to self-directed assessments and competency-based education (CBE), Flex Choice adds flexibility to your schedule and is a more affordable way to receive credit by demonstrating what you know and can do.

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From award-winning library and learning services to experienced faculty, career support and student advisors, we provide a variety of resources to help you reach your goals and pursue your career.

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Find Your Accelerated Master's Pathway

Use the filter below to find the Bachelor's degree program that best fits your goals. The following Bachelor's degree programs are available with the accelerated Master's pathway option for qualified students.

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  1. Number of eligible courses varies by program, and ranges from 1 to 4 courses. Time and cost savings are dependent on the eligible student enrolling in and completing both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Rasmussen College through the accelerated Master’s pathway. Completion time is dependent on the number of transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term. Please speak to an admissions advisor for details.
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