We’ll help you finish what you started. Whether you’ve been away from college for a few years, a few decades or you recently completed a two-year degree, we understand your desire to fulfill your dreams and achieve that four-year college degree.
Our Accelerated Degree Completion Program (DCP) was created specifically for adults who want to complete their degree while still working, raising a family or pursuing other interests. DCP allows you to earn a degree in Management, Accounting or Entrepreneurial Studies in a convenient class schedule of one evening per week in the classroom, online and hybrid (mix of online and on-campus instruction) in less than two years. The management degree is also offered completely online.
Our Degree Completion Program brings students together from a variety of interests, backgrounds and career paths. Once you are accepted into the program, you’ll become part of an academic support group known as a “cohort.” This exciting cohort model of learning allows you to draw from the experiences and knowledge of others as you work through your classes together.
Many students are surprised to find how close they are to achieving a college degree. DCP allows students with at least two years of transferable credits, including non-traditional credits, to complete their coursework towards a Bachelor of Arts degree. If you’re not sure whether your past experiences or college credits qualify, we will be glad to review your history and help you get started.
At USF, our DCP instructors don’t just read the books. They are involved in the real world of business, offering you a whole new level of experience and expertise. Class sizes are limited to ensure you get the support you need. We also believe in hands-on learning, which means you’ll get to put our education into practice before you hit the job market. The program applies theory to practice and integrates a Christian world perspective.
Ask any of our graduates what they got out of USF’s Accelerated Degree Completion Program, and you’ll hear them talk about benefits far beyond their diploma. Many of them rave about the confidence, self-esteem and leadership skills they gained through the DCP classes. A high percentage of students accepted into the program are able to complete it, and many of them pursue master’s degrees, make career changes or receive promotions. They also value the fact that they can apply their coursework to everyday life, whether it’s on the job or as a volunteer. Because USF is a Christian university, many graduates appreciate the focus on giving back and making a difference in the lives of others.
What is accelerated learning?
Accelerated classes use special instructional techniques chosen for their ability to help students learn and retain large amounts of information. Students do much of their learning on their own, often on the job, so the required classroom time is shortened. Courses taught in an accelerated program meet for about half the amount of a traditional face-to-face class. This means that students complete a significant amount of work outside of the classroom. Study times vary from class to class and student to student. Normally, students can expect to spend approximately 10-12 hours a week outside of class, reading, working on class projects or writing papers.
What type of student is best suited for accelerated classes?
Accelerated classes require highly motivated students. Students in accelerated classes should be in the workforce so they will have work and life experiences to bring to the class. We want you to be successful; a key to being successful in college is knowing what type of learner you are. Typical learner characteristics that foster success in an accelerated format include: self motivation, self direction, ability to work independently and effective time management skills.