Today's working world requires a lot to be successful. Businesses are looking for employees who are not only hard-working but also knowledgeable and versatile, who can handle unexpected challenges and turn them into new opportunities. Education plays a large part in shaping employees, but it's no secret that a master's degree is quickly becoming necessary to get ahead of the competition. To best position its students to succeed in the workforce, the University of Wisconsin-Platteville offers the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Pathway, expediting students seeking both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees through a process that takes less time than the more traditional route.
Launched in 2018, the program offers an accelerated option for earning both a completed undergraduate and graduate degree in as little as five years – cutting the time to a master's degree by half in some cases. It's a process students are already celebrating.
"I'm grateful that UW-Platteville has given me the opportunity to continue to challenge myself and advance my education through the Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Pathway," said Jenna Raisbeck, a business student. "Being able to complete my undergraduate degree and my graduate degree in under five years is a unique experience, and I hope more students decide to pursue this educational path."
Raisbeck lays out just a few of the reasons the program has been appealing to students. With the ability to take graduate-level courses starting as a junior, the program better prepares students for the responsibilities and challenges they'll face within their chosen careers while maintaining an affordable and quality-focused approach to education.
"I think this program is a good way to get into the workplace quicker and cheaper with a higher degree," said Carrie Lefeber, an engineering student. "I also enjoy the fact that I can take a few more advanced classes as an undergrad to really get the feel of how the classes are going to go. I think this is a great opportunity for me to advance my knowledge in my field without wasting time."
For non-traditional students, classes in the program are offered both on-campus and online, adding more flexibility for busy schedules. Once a student has chosen a major and expressed interest in the program, they'll work with their advisor to develop a plan to meet their undergraduate and graduate goals over the next few years.
"Kickstarting your master's degree while still in your undergraduate program doesn't just make sense – it saves time and money," said Michelle Zasada, director of the Office of Professional Program Support. "Helping students achieve two educational goals and enter the workforce early is a win-win in my book."
Prospective students are encouraged to visit the official website for additional information. Current students can contact their advisor to see if this option is right for them.