Accelerated Graduate Program
It goes without saying that job markets are currently very competitive and especially so in certain fields. Every chance you have to make yourself - and your credentials - more competitive is important. So that's why Chatham has made getting a leg up with an advanced degree clearer, quicker, and more affordable with the Accelerated Graduate Program.
The Accelerated Graduate Program will lets students earn both your bachelor's and master's degree in as few as five years, with students taking courses toward both during their senior years. By working toward a master's degree during the last year of undergraduate work, the degree comes at significant cost savings as compared to traditional master's completion.
- Master of Occupational Therapy
- Master of Physician Assistant Studies
- Master of Science in Biology
- Master of Science in Counseling Psychology
- Master of Arts in Psychology
Sustainability and the Environment
Creative & Liberal Arts
Benefits of the AGP
- Six years of education completed in as little as five years.
- Maintain your undergraduate scholarship and tuition rates up to 120 credits into your undergraduate career.
- Cost savings can equal 30% compared to earning degrees separately.
- Up to 12 credits double-count toward your bachelor's and master's degree completion.
- A one-year head start in the workforce as compared to your peers in other master's degree programs.
- An opportunity for increased earning potential and greater responsibility.
In addition to graduate programs at Chatham, we've partnered with Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University to offer a wider variety of programs for our Accelerated Graduate Program students. You will receive your bachelor's from Chatham and your master's from one of these universities.
John Heinz III College at Carnegie Mellon University
During your junior year at Chatham, you can apply to any of these Heinz College programs:
- Master of Arts Management
- Master of Information Systems Management
- Master of Science in Healthcare Policy and Management
- Master of Science in Public Policy & Management
Once accepted, you'll take courses at both Chatham and the Heinz College during your senior year.
You may be conditionally accepted in one of these master's degree programs by checking the AGP box on your undergraduate application or apply during your junior year at Chatham:
- Master of Science in Biotechnology
- Master of Science in Computational Mathematics
- Master of Science in Forensic Science and Law
Once accepted, you'll take courses at both Chatham and Duquesne during your senior year.
In your Junior year at Chatham (end of sophomore year for teaching), you will formally apply to the graduate program of your choice. If accepted, you will begin to supplement some of your undergraduate courses with graduate level coursework during your Senior year. Regardless of which program you select, you will be able to earn both your bachelor's and master's degrees in as few as five years.
If the AGP interests you from the start, you may apply for conditional admission into the program when you complete your undergraduate admission application. This step is not necessary, but can help with developing a streamline path throughout your undergraduate education should you decide to take advantage of the program.
If you have any questions, please reach out to an admissions counselor at 800-837-1290.