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)

Education program

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

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Creative Writing

Graduate Program in Creative Writing (GPCW) 3+2

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Gallery Management

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

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M.S. in Ecology 3+2

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

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MEM 3+2

Master in Environmental Management (MEM) 3+2

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Outdoor Industry MBA

Outdoor Industry MBA 3+2

Accelerated Degree Programs (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

Outdoor Industry MBA students present at the Outdoor Retailer immersion event.

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.

News & Research

Western Colorado University announces participation in ‘Bridge to Bachelor’s’ program with Colorado Community College System

Western Colorado University announces participation in ‘Bridge to Bachelor’s’ program with Colorado Community College System

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New partnership helps Red Rocks Community College students earn accelerated master’s degrees

New partnership helps Red Rocks Community College students earn accelerated master’s degrees

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Western professor shares insight on ‘fast fitness’ on popular biohacking podcast

Western professor shares insight on ‘fast fitness’ on popular biohacking podcast

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Western professors, grad students advocate for sustainability at UN Food and Agriculture Organization meeting

Western professors, grad students advocate for sustainability at UN Food and Agriculture Organization meeting

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Faculty & Staff

Department Information

Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

Executive Director

Marlo Frazier

Executive Director, School of Graduate Studies Operations

Campus Location

1 Western Way
Quigley Hall 118
Gunnison, CO 81231