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Accelerated Degree Programs

Earn Your Advanced Degree Sooner

Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences offers a wide variety of accelerated degree programs that allow students to earn a bachelor's and an advanced degree concurrently.

Drexel University's College of Arts and Sciences offers academically qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to earn an undergraduate bachelor's degree and a graduate degree concurrently. Our streamlined accelerated degree programs allow students to graduate sooner than they would in traditional programs. The college also offers pre-professional degrees for students interested in a career in medicine or law.

Application Process

Undergraduate students should review the application process for accelerated programs outlined by the Graduate College of Drexel University. Email them at graduatecollege@drexel.edu with any questions, or contact your undergraduate adviser.

How To Apply

Eligibility and Requirements

Depending on the academic program, eligible undergraduate students can be admitted to an accelerated degree program in one of two ways: as an incoming freshman, or as a current student — after completing a minimum of 90 credits but no more than 120 credits. Visit Drexel University's Accelerated Degree Terms and Conditions to learn more.

Review eligibility and requirements for each accelerated program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, below.

Biological Sciences (BS + MS)

The accelerated degree program in Biological Sciences is for academically qualified students who are looking to advance their learning in the discipline by earning both a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and a Master of Science (MS) degree in five years. The program offers both thesis and non-thesis options.

The program is rigorous and challenging; it builds on a strong undergraduate foundation to allow students to engage in a more extensive study of the discipline at a graduate level. Students who apply to the program will often have advanced study plans and arrive with advanced placement credit as they enroll in the program. Requirements for the graduate portion of the program are the same as for the Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences.

Chemistry (BS + MS)

The accelerated degree program in Chemistry provides the academically qualified student with an opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and a Master of Science (MS) degree. Students receive two diplomas in five years, the time typically required to finish the Bachelor of Science degree with the co-op option alone.

This academically demanding program has several allowances built-in to enable the program to be completed in the time allotted. For instance, it requires only 180-181 rather than 190-195 undergraduate quarter credits. The co-op experience may be adjusted so that the student can take two rather than three co-op cycles, enabling two additional quarters of on-campus study. If needed, the student may also take evening courses while on co-op.

Communication (BA + MS)

The accelerated degree program in Communication enables academically qualified students to earn both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and a Master of Science (MS) degree — graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs. The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most sought-after skills by prospective employers. Graduates of the accelerated degree program enter the workforce one year sooner with the benefits of a master’s degree in communication, using the year saved to gain full-time experience and earn a salary in the field.

The BA in Communication degree program requires 180 undergraduate credits and is committed to helping students become broadly educated and professionally competent communicators. Students gain exposure to a variety of media, helping to guide the development of their interpretive and expressive skills. Students may complete the BA in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations, Journalism, or Open Communication. Independent of their chosen concentration, all students enrolled in the program take a common core of courses that emphasize communication theory and methods, as well as a modern language.

Communication (BS + MS)

The accelerated degree program in Communication enables academically qualified students to earn both a both a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree and a Master of Science (MS) degree — graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs. The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most sought-after skills by prospective employers. Graduates of the accelerated degree program enter the workforce one year sooner with the benefits of a master’s degree in communication, using the year saved to gain full-time experience and earn a salary in the field.

The BS in Communication program requires 180 undergraduate credits and offers three different concentrations from which to choose: technical communication, science and health communication, or open communication. All students take a common core of courses that emphasize communication theory and methods, as well as a lab science sequence and a math analysis sequence.

English (BA) + Communication (MS)

The accelerated degree program in English and Communication enables academically qualified students to earn both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and a Master of Science (MS) degree — graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs. The BA in Communication program requires 180 undergraduate credits and offers three different concentrations from which to choose: technical communication, science and health communication, or open communication. The ability to communicate effectively is one of the most sought-after skills by prospective employers. Graduates of the accelerated degree enter the workforce one year sooner with the benefits of both a bachelor's degree in English and a master’s degree in Communication, using the year saved to gain full-time experience and earn a salary in the field.

Environmental Science (BS + MSES)

The accelerated degree program in Environmental Science (BS+MSES) provides an opportunity for highly motivated and qualified undergraduates to begin pursuing a graduate degree before completing their Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in a 4+1 year format, with either one or two co-ops.

The Master of Science in Environmental Science (MSES) degree builds on the knowledge undergraduates gain in their Environmental Science program by helping them to advance into higher-level courses with greater depth. Students interested in a course-based program can choose to do the accelerated program as a non-thesis student, which has advantages when seeking positions in consulting, government, or nonprofit organizations. Students interested in research careers or future doctoral studies can opt to pursue the thesis option, which provides an opportunity to conduct independent research and gain valuable research experience. Students interested in the thesis option require early planning.

Environmental Science (BS) + Environmental Policy (MSEP)

The accelerated degree program in Environmental Science and Environmental Policy (BS+MSEP) brings two distinct but mutually enhancing disciplines together in one program. It provides an opportunity for highly motivated and qualified undergraduates to begin pursuing a graduate degree before completing their bachelor’s degree, in a 4+1 year format with either one or two co-ops.

Environmental policy and science pair naturally to help students bridge the gap between their strength in science and their interest in making change through public policy. Science without an effective avenue toward working with decision-makers and supporting public policy runs short of its reach and potential benefit. The BS+MS in ENVS-ENVP prepares students both as scientists and professionals who can communicate science and translate environmental data into actionable environmental policy with tangible impact. Students can also conduct real-world research writing through a case study thesis, select elective courses tailored to their interests, or complete their degree with research experience.

The accelerated program is appropriate for Environmental Science majors interested in learning about public policy and who have a desire to work in environmental policy, such as in government, advocacy work, consulting, or the nonprofit sector.

Environmental Studies and Sustainability (BA) + Environmental Policy (MSEP)

The accelerated degree program in Environmental Studies and Sustainability and Environmental Policy (BA+MSEP) provides an opportunity for highly motivated and qualified undergraduates to begin pursuing a graduate degree before completing their Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree with either one or two co-ops. The Master of Science in Environmental Policy (MSEP) degree builds on the knowledge that undergraduates gain in the Environmental Studies and Sustainability program and offers advanced education for careers in environmental law, research, advocacy, and more.

Public policy that supports environmental stewardship is a challenging and critical endeavor. This program prepares students to engage critically with complex environmental challenges, devise and communicate innovative policy solutions, and work with decision-makers to effect policy change. Coursework spans the disciplines of law, political science, economics, engineering, business, and public health. Students have the opportunity to select elective courses tailored to their interests, gain hands-on research experience, and complete a case-based thesis with real-world impact.

The accelerated program is appropriate for environmental studies and sustainability majors interested in advanced studies in public policy and who have a desire to work in a range of environmental sectors.

Global Studies (BA) + Communication (MS)

The accelerated degree program in Global Studies and Communication enables academically qualified students to earn both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master of Science (MS) degree — graduating sooner than they would in traditional programs. The program provides students with an interdisciplinary, intercultural, and interactive program across four concentrations: media, arts, and cultures; justice and human rights; business, economics, and development; and health and sustainability. Global Studies scholars develop the critical skills required to understand global political, social, and economic trends; the Master of Science degree further deepens practical and professional experience in the communications field.

Graduates of the accelerated degree enter the workforce one year sooner with the benefits of an advanced degree in Communication, using the year saved to gain full-time experience and earn a salary in the field.

Global Studies (BA) + Public Health (MPH)

The accelerated degree program in Global Studies and Public Health prepares students for careers in the international sphere with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Global Studies and a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, an in-demand advanced option with unlimited applications. Students apply in their third year to the Drexel University Dornsife School of Public Health and begin working on their MPH as they complete their BA, getting their master's degree a year earlier than if they had done the two degrees separately. They also may complete an undergraduate co-op and gain valuable work experience as they go.

Mathematics (BS + MS)

The accelerated degree program in mathematics (BS+MS) is an exciting opportunity for highly motivated math students to take full advantage of the academic resources and research agenda that Drexel University has to offer. Graduates of the program build an in-depth understanding of the concepts introduced in the undergraduate courses and the more complex topics at the advanced level.

The combined degree offers our graduates a competitive advantage over students who have only obtained an undergraduate degree, allowing them to stand out when they start their professional careers. Additionally, the program is well suited for students who intend to apply to doctoral programs in mathematics as well as related areas (such as statistics, biostatistics, public health, graduate actuarial studies, mathematical finance). Many of our accelerated degree students get accepted into some of the nation's most elite and competitive graduate mathematics programs.

Psychology (BS + MS)

The accelerated degree program in psychology (BS+MS) allows students to begin taking graduate-level courses in their fourth year of undergraduate study with planned entry into graduate school upon completion of their Bachelor of Science (BS) degree at the end of the fourth year. Because students have received a head start by completing a structured curriculum in their fourth year, they complete graduate coursework for the Master of Science (MS) degree in one year after the bachelor's degree. The BS +MS curriculum fits the four-year, one co-op option or the four-year, no co-op option.

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Sociology (BA) + Urban Strategy (MS)

The accelerated degree program combines a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Sociology with a concentration in urban sociology (181 credits) and a Master of Science (MS) degree in Urban Strategy (48 credits). This cross-disciplinary degree focuses on the sociological analysis of cities, the communities that comprise them, and the social processes that organize and transform them. Students in the urban sociology concentration learn to apply sociological concepts and methods to analyze urban issues and problems including gentrification, revitalization, suburbanization, and urban decline; concepts of space, place, community, and neighborhood; and urban challenges such as poverty, affordable housing, global warming, policing and incarceration. The bachelor's degree portion prepares students to be leaders in urban issues, populations, and challenges, whether through careers in urban policy, planning, social work, community nonprofits, government, or industry. This leads directly into the Master of Science degree in Urban Strategy, a program that prepares students to become 21st-century urbanists equipped to collaboratively and creatively solve complex multifaceted urban challenges on all levels: locally, nationally, and globally. The program boasts a cross-disciplinary curriculum focused on strategy, problem-solving, and collaboration in the domains of urban planning, design, health, engineering, policy, community and economic development, and sociology.

Prospective Students

Please email coas@drexel.edu or call us at 215.895.1805 with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you!