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Accelerated Master’s Pathway

A Faster Path to Your Master’s Degree

You’re a working professional who is motivated to advance their career, but time and money are a concern. You’re also a dedicated learner who desires a clear path to graduation. With our accelerated Master’s pathway, you have the opportunity to start earning Master's-degree credits while completing your Bachelor's degree. Working toward your degree is hard work, but you won’t do this alone. You’ll be supported by our dedicated teams of experienced instructors, career services, library resources, student advisors, trained tutors, 24/7 tech support and personal student advisors.

Rasmussen College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

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How the Accelerated Master's Pathway Works

    Learn at Your Full Potential

    The accelerated Master’s pathway gives you the option to take up to four graduate-level courses while earning your Bachelor's degree. That means that you can finish up to 1/3 of your Master’s degree during your Bachelor’s degree program—saving you up to $4,000 in the process if you choose to continue on to your Master's degree with Rasmussen College.3

    Put Your Time to Optimal Use

    Instead of envisioning your educational journey as one slow step at a time, you can pursue an accelerated Master's pathway and save time and money. An accelerated Master's pathway sets you up to finish your Master’s degree in as little as one more year after your Bachelor’s degree with Rasmussen College.1

    Pursue Your Career Goals

    With our accelerated Master's pathway, you can expand your skills faster and help stand out from the crowd of candidates. Plus, earning a degree, regardless of the field of study, can improve income potential.2

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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 classes at the graduate level

Up to $4,0003 estimated savings when you get your Master’s degree

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

Why Rasmussen College

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Flexible Online Degrees

You need a degree program with options that fit your lifestyle and learning style. Our online degrees are flexible, affordable and provide full access to our campus resources and support.

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Flex Choice® Learning Options

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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Support with Every Step

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. Completion time is dependent on transfer credits accepted and the number of courses completed each term.
  2. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed May 21, 2019] Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, [career information accessed May 30, 2018] BLS salary data represents national, averaged earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.
  3. Time and cost savings are dependent on the eligible student completing both the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at Rasmussen College through the Accelerated Master’s Pathway program. If a student is not eligible or chooses not to continue on to earn their Master’s degree, the cost for the Bachelor’s program is higher than for our standard Bachelor’s degree program. Savings vary based on the student completing courses on a full-time or part-time schedule.
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