Fairfield offers a number of five-year programs for undergraduate students interested in obtaining a dual bachelor's/master's degree. This is a great opportunity for students to obtain a bachelor's and master's degree in less time and at less cost than when done the traditional way. Each program has certain prerequisites, and all programs require the permission of the program director for entry.
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 our Master's programs.
Eligibility, Process, and Timeline
In collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions offers a Five Year Bachelor's/Master's Teacher Certification Program in:
a. Secondary Education (with concentrations in science, math, English, social studies, and world languages)
b. Elementary Education
The Five Year Integrated Bachelor's/Master's Degree Program in Industrial/Organizational Psychology is designed for Fairfield University undergraduate students who are interested in developing the skills necessary to work as specialists in organization development, training, consulting, or human resources.
The Five Year program in software engineering reduces the time to obtain a master's degree by at least one year.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Five Year program in electrical and computer engineering blends theory and practice in a rich menu of topics, offering an MS degree with the addition of only a single year.
The Five Year program in mechanical engineering reduces the time to a master's degree by at least one year. Students follow the standard undergraduate curriculum for the first three years, and then complete the BS requirements during the fourth year while taking graduate courses. During the fifth year, students take an additional eight courses to complete the MS degree.
Engineering management is a multidisciplinary field that integrates all engineering disciplines offered by Fairfield University with technology management, systems and business. This program broadens your academic options and allows you to pursue a combination in any of our existing BS engineering degrees with a Master of Science in the Management of Technology in just five years.
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 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.
*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.