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Accelerated Degree-in-Three Programs

Save Money, Sprint Ahead: Earn Your Degree Faster!

Expedite your bachelor’s degree with one of Immaculata’s Degree-in-Three majors. Take courses year-round and graduate earlier, saving time and tuition so you can begin your career or graduate studies sooner.

Through Immaculata’s Degree-in-Three programs, you will:

  • Accelerate your studies through taking summer and winter courses
  • Graduate in three years instead of four
  • Save on tuition and other college expenses, such as housing and meal plans
  • Get the same accredited education as our four-year degrees
  • Enter the workforce early and start earning a good salary ahead of schedule

Majors Available in the Degree-in-Three Format

ProgramDegreesType
BUSINESS AND LEADERSHIP
Accounting, B.S.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
Business and Esport Management, B.S.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
Business and Human Resource Management, B.S.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
Business and Marketing Management, B.S.BachelorAdult Professional
Business and Marketing Management, B.S.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
Business and Sport Management, B.S.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
Business and Supply Chain Management, B.S.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
Business Leadership, B.S.BachelorAdult Professional
Finance and Wealth Management, B.S.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
ENGLISH/COMMUNICATION
Communication, B.A.BachelorAdult Professional
Communication, B.A.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
English, B.A. (optional 7-12 Certification)Bachelor, CertificationTraditional Undergraduate
HISTORY
History, B.A. (optional 7-12 Certification)Bachelor, CertificationTraditional Undergraduate
NUTRITION
Nutrition and Dietetics, B.S.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY
Theology, B.A.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELING
Psychology, B.A.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
Psychology, B.A.BachelorAdult Professional
SOCIAL SCIENCES
Criminology, B.A.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
Politics, Law and PolicyBachelorTraditional Undergraduate
Sociology, B.A.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
TECHNOLOGY
Cybersecurity, B.S.BachelorTraditional Undergraduate
Cybersecurity, B.S.BachelorAdult Professional

Programs with a teaching certification option require an additional year to complete secondary education courses and certification requirements.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I successfully complete my degree in less time?

If you are a high school student, we encourage you to earn college credits early through Advanced Placement (AP) courses or dual enrollment programs. If you are a college transfer student or adult learner, you can transfer your credits and work with your advisor to complete your degree in a shorter timeframe.

The Degree-in-Three format is best for organized, motivated students who are comfortable managing a heavier course load. In general, you will take six classes (18 credits) instead of five classes for both the fall and spring semesters. You may also take winter and summer courses to keep working toward your degree requirements.

What is a typical schedule like?

Here is a sample showing the Degree-in-Three course schedule for the B.S. in Accounting.

First Year: Fall Semester Credits First Year: Spring Semester Credits
ENG 106: Composition I 3 ENG 107: Composition II 3
BUS 235: Business Computer Application 3 MATH 221: Business Math 3
First Year Seminar 3 MKT 309: Marketing Principles & Practices 3
ECO 202: Principles of Microeconomics 3 ECO 201: Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ACC 203: Accounting Principles I 3 ACC 204: Accounting Principles II 3
Pursuit of Wisdom 3 Free Elective 3

Total

18

Total

18
Second Year: Fall Semester Second Year: Spring Semester
ECO 307: Statistics 3 ECO 317: Business Analytics 3
ACC 303: Intermediate Accounting I 3 Free Elective    3
FIN 362: Introduction to Finance 3 Global Society (BUS 345 strongly recommended) 3
ACC 313: Income Tax Planning for Indiv & Bus or
ACC 317: Cost Accounting I
3 COM 200: Business Technical Writing or
COM 350: Business and Professional Speaking
3
Free Elective 3 ACC 304: Intermediate Accounting II 3
Free Elective 3 ACC 314: Advanced Tax 3

Total

18

Total

18
Third Year: Fall Semester Third Year: Spring Semester
ACC 313: Income Tax Planning for Indiv & Bus or
ACC 317: Cost Accounting I
3 ACC 425: Auditing 3
BUS 315: Business Law I 3 BUS 365: Strategic Planning 3
ACC 421: Advanced Accounting I 3 ACC 398/399: Accounting Practicum 3
Free Elective 3 Free Elective 3
Department Elective 3 Free Elective 3
Free Elective 3 BUS 338: Business Ethics 3

Total

18

Total

18
Summer Semester 1 Summer Semester 2
Natural & Physical World 3 Pursuit of Faith (THE 200 or above) 3
Historical Consciousness 3 Pursuit of Wisdom (PHI 209 recommended) 3
Pursuit of Faith (THE 109 or 110) 3 Creativity Elective 3

Total

9

Total

9

What support is available to help me complete my degree faster?

While more courses per semester is challenging, Immaculata’s supportive academic advisors are experts in choosing courses wisely and guiding students to achieve their goals to graduate faster. Tell your advisor you want to pursue your degree in three years so they can help you map your course schedule and plan for an accelerated path to graduation. If necessary, they can help you shift your schedule to a four-year plan instead.

How much flexibility will I have with a Degree-in-Three program?

To earn your degree more rapidly, you will need to focus on fulfilling academic requirements with limited time for elective courses, extracurricular activities, internships, research projects and study abroad experiences. However, you may be able to participate in some of these opportunities as part of your coursework. Your advisor can help you choose activities and carefully plan your schedule to allow for them, possibly during summers.

Are Degree-in-Three programs eligible for financial aid?

If you are a full-time undergraduate student, you are eligible for Immaculata scholarships and grants for the fall and spring semesters. You may take up to 18 credits per semester at the full-time tuition rate, and you will pay the per-credit tuition rate for any additional credits.

For summer and winter courses, you will pay a discounted per-credit tuition rate. If you take at least six credits in the summer or in winter and spring combined, you may use student loan funds and any Pell grant funds for which you qualify to pay for courses.

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