Accelerated Degree Programs (3+2)

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 their first two years of study and earn their associate degree at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, CO, and then transfer to Western where they will complete the remainder of their coursework in Gunnison. Students will then spend their first year at Western taking undergraduate courses, followed by a year of both graduate and undergraduate courses, leading to the completion of their bachelor’s degree. Students will then spend their final year taking graduate courses to ultimately earn their master’s degree from Western’s School of Graduate Studies.

This unique partnership allows students to have a seamless credit transition from Red Rocks Community College to Western, all while saving money and earning their master’s degree in as little time as possible.


Any student interested in partaking in this program will be automatically accepted upon meeting the following eligibility requirements:

  • Completion of an associate degree from Red Rocks Community College
  • At least a 2.3 GPA upon graduation from Red Rocks Community College*
  • Meeting program-specific criteria of desired graduate degree program at Western

*Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA at Western to be admitted into the School of Graduate Studies

If you are interested in participating in this program, notify Graduate Program Coordinator Marlo Frazier to learn more about how to get started.