Learn If an Accelerated Degree Program Right for You

If you’re considering returning to school to complete your degree, you may have considered an accelerated degree program and wondered if it’s suitable for you. 


On the plus side, getting your degree faster would be ideal. But, on the other hand, can your current way of life take the extra work?

Let’s look at accelerated degree programs and see what we can learn.


What is the definition of an accelerated degree program? If you enroll in an accelerated degree program, you can complete your bachelor’s degree in as little as 16 months. Because classes are compressed, a shorter timeline is possible. Instead of 16-week regular college sessions, accelerated program programs are substantially shorter, ranging from five to twelve weeks, with the average being approximately eight weeks.

Depending on how many education prerequisites you’ve already completed and whether your institution gives adults credit for work and life experience, you could be able to complete your degree in less than 18 months. For further information, speak with an advisor at your preferred institution.


Is it true that accelerated programs cover less material than regular classes? No, not at all. The classes are condensed, but the content is not. You’ll learn the same amount of material in less time. That is why you must be certain that you can handle the faster schedule in addition to your other commitments. If you choose an accelerated program, you should prepare to complete many homework and study in your spare time.

Are the accelerated program classes only available online? It depends on the school and the program; however, many schools offer students the following options for attending classes:

All of the online classes

All evening and weekend classes on campus

A combination of online and on-campus classes

Because many accelerated program students are working adults, onsite classes are frequently timed to coincide with traditional working hours.

Be honest with me: will I be the oldest in the class?

Our honest response: There’s a good chance you’ll have a large number of classmates in your broad age range and living condition. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 7.4 million of the 19.9 million college students (more than a third) will be 25 or older in Fall 2019. And students aged 35 and up are becoming more prevalent, with 3.5 million enrolled in 2018—a figure predicted to rise by 2025.

How do I decide between online and in-person classes?

Everyone’s experience is unique in this scenario; thus, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. However, to assist you in making the best selection for your situation, consider the following advantages of each:

Online courses

Because you are not required to be in a certain classroom at a specific time, you can study and work on your assignments in the morning before work, at lunchtime, and even in the middle of the night if it fits your schedule.

You can access your lessons from any location; all you need is an internet connection and a browser to access the classroom and discussion boards.