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Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Fast track your education with an Accelerated Degree from Western.

Western Colorado University offers a variety of Accelerated 3+2 Degree programs that allow you to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years. Our Accelerated Degree programs are designed to jump start your career, while saving you time and money.

Areas of Study

Master of Arts in Education

B.A. in Elementary Education with Teacher Licensure; M.A. in Education (3+2)

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

B.A. in Elementary Education with Teacher Licensure; M.A. in Education (3+2)
Education program

Bachelor of Arts/Science with Teacher Licensure; M.A. in Education (3+2)

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Bachelor of Arts/Science with Teacher Licensure; M.A. in Education (3+2)
Creative Writing

Graduate Program in Creative Writing (GPCW) 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Graduate Program in Creative Writing (GPCW) 3+2
Gallery Management

M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM) 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

M.A. in Gallery and Museum Management (MGMM) 3+2
Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

M.S. in Ecology 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

M.S. in Ecology 3+2
Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

M.S. in Exercise & Sport Science: High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) 3+2
MEM 3+2

Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 3+2
Outdoor Industry MBA

Outdoor Industry MBA 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Outdoor Industry MBA 3+2

Maximize your investment.

Our Accelerated 3+2 Degree programs are customized to meet your unique needs, while creating an efficient and seamless path to complete your undergraduate and graduate studies. Through our Accelerated Degree programs, you’ll cultivate valuable professional skills including leadership, critical thinking and analysis.

As an Accelerated 3+2 Degree student at Western, you’ll complete most of your undergraduate coursework in your first three years. In the fourth year, you can take both undergraduate and graduate-level courses, completing your bachelor’s degree. In the fifth year, you’ll be admitted to the School of Graduate Studies to focus solely on graduate courses and complete your master’s degree.

Demonstrating academic success

Western provides rigorous coursework, laboratory research and extensive fieldwork to prepare you for a successful career in any field you choose.

Tuition & Aid

Accelerated Degree Programs Tuition & Aid

For the first three years, you’ll pay undergraduate tuition and are eligible for undergraduate financial aid. The fourth year, you’ll take a combination of graduate courses and undergraduate courses, maintaining your access to undergraduate financial aid, as you complete their bachelor’s degree. In the final year, you’ll pay graduate tuition. Altogether, this reduces the cost of the master’s degree by about one year of what a traditional program would cost.

Rewarding outcomes

Master in Environmental Management graduate, Oluwalana Ayodeji Olatunbosun, smiles after he receives his diploma.

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Faculty & Staff

Additional Resources

CCCS Transfer Partnership

Overview Western Colorado University is proud to announce its new partnership with the Colorado Community College System (CCCS). This collaborative effort aims to help students who graduate with an associate’s degree from any community college complete their education at Western to earn a bachelor’s degree in over 20 academic fields. You’ll experience personalized advising, unique […]

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RRCC Transfer Partnership

Elevated and Accelerated Western Colorado University has partnered with Red Rocks Community College to create an innovative degree path that allows students to earn their associate degree, bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in as little as five years. How it works The Elevated and Accelerated degree path follows a 2+2+1 course structure. Students will complete […]

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Department Information

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Executive Director

Marlo Frazier

Executive Director, School of Graduate Studies Operations

Graduate Program Coordinator

Deanna Banker, B.S.

Graduate Program Coordinator

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Quigley Hall 118
Gunnison, CO 81231

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Alumni Community

We keep the Mountaineer spirit going strong within our alumni community. Whether getting together with friends at an annual event, making a donation or mentoring a student, graduates continue to play an important role in the Western community.