Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Programs

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Earn Your Master's Degree in Just One Additional Year

Fairfield University’s accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs allow qualified undergraduate students to earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as few as five years, depending on the program.This accelerated pathway allows students to transition directly into one of the following master’s programs and earn a graduate degree in less time and at potentially less cost than when done separately.

Students choosing one of these options work with their undergraduate advisors to follow a specific sequence of undegraduate study before matriculating as a graduate student to complete their master’s degree. Each program has certain prerequisites, and all programs require the permission of the program director for entry.

The College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences has created an accelerated pathway for current, high-achieving undergraduate students who are interested in transitioning directly into one of their master's programs. Please follow the links below for information on the specific eligibility criteria, process, and timeline for each program.

MA in Communication

MFA in Creative Writing

MA in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

MS in Mathematics

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions

In collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions offers an accelerated bachelor's/master's teacher certification in elementary, secondary, and special education. It also offers a five-year MSW in social work in partnership with the Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies. Please follow the links below for information on the specific eligibility criteria, process, and timeline for each program.

Elementary Education

Secondary Education

Social Work (MSW)

Special Education

School of Engineering

Charles F. Dolan School of Business


MBA students who excel in their undergraduate business core courses may be able to finish the MBA on a full-time basis in one year. The MBA provides both a greater breadth of knowledge in key business disciplines, as well as advanced studies in at least one area of concentration.

MS in Accounting*

This one year, full-time cohort program begins each summer, at the end of May and concludes at the end of the following spring semester. One of the major benefits is the opportunity for the student to amass additional course credits in order to be “150 ready” for public accounting positions.

MS in Business Analytics

Business majors who excel in their undergraduate core courses may be able to earn their MS in Business Analytics in one additional year. The Business Analytics program begins each fall and empowers students to make sound, strategic business decisions based on a keen understanding of data and statistical methods.

MS in Finance

This highly specialized program of study can be completed on a full-time basis in one year, beginning each fall semester. Students seeking both advanced theory and practical applications/skill sets within the field of finance are strongly encouraged to consider this degree.

MS in Management

Specially designed for non-business majors, this one-year cohort program begins each summer and provides recent college graduates with fundamental business knowledge and focused career development.

*Unlike Fairfield University's other Five-Year programs, the MS in Accounting is open to graduates of other universities. Students must apply to the program through the Office of Graduate Admission.

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