3-Year Degree Programs
Earn a high-quality education from USF in less time, for less money.
The University of Sioux Falls offers two 3-year degree programs that make it possible for you to enter the workforce or pursue a graduate degree more quickly than you would with a traditional four-year degree, and making your college education more affordable.
The programs meet the 124-credit hour graduation requirement. They consist of six semesters over three years during the typical fall and spring academic year and two summer sessions. This allows you to earn an undergraduate degree in three years or six semesters, instead of four years, and save you time and money. Your personal savings will depend upon your individual Financial Aid Package.
Applications to the 3-year Degree Programs are accepted on a rolling basis, with a priority deadline of April 1, for admission to the program in the following academic year. (Ex: April 1, 2019, is the priority deadline for the 2019-20 academic year.)
Apply for Admission to 3-year Degree Program
As you go through these steps, do not hesitate to contact the Admissions Office if you have questions or are unclear about any part of the application process.
Apply for Admission to USF
You must be accepted for admission to the University in order to apply for the 3-year Degree Program.
Start 3-year Degree Program Application Form
You must complete and submit the online form to start the application process for the 3-year Degree Program.
Submit 3-year Degree Program Application Materials
Once you complete the Application for 3-year Degree Program, please submit the following materials:
Submit a résumé that best represents your abilities to successfully gain admission to the program.
Submit a personal essay (300–500 words) that addresses the following: (1) If you don't meet the minimum requirements for GPA and Test Scores, explain how you will embrace the challenges and opportunities of the program; (2) Describe your interest in the program; (3) Showcase your skills, abilities, knowledge and self-directedness in learning; and (4) Present your professional goals.
Research Paper or Essay Sample
Submit a research paper or essay that you wrote during your high school career that demonstrates your best writing ability.
Three Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are to be distributed by candidates to individuals who will complete and mail them directly to the address listed below.
U.S. Mail: University of Sioux Falls
Attn: Admissions Office – 3-year Degree Program
1101 W 22nd St
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
3-year Degree Program Benefits
- Academic Rigor — You will thrive in an academic environment that will develop your critical thinking skills, hone your problem solving abilities and expose you to all facets of business through applied hands-on learning.
- Transitional Environments — You will experience several learning environments mirroring today's work environments—face-to-face, online and hybrid (a combination of both).
- Service Learning — You will work with local organizations to see firsthand how entrepreneurs and business leaders make a difference in their communities.
- Build Relationships — You will experience networking opportunities with your colleagues, friends and business leaders to leverage your time spent at the University of Sioux Falls.
- Personal Engagement and Development — You will learn about faith and business, vocation as God's calling, stewardship, personal financial management, economic freedom, the U.S. Constitution and more.
- Explore the World — You will have an opportunity to travel domestically or abroad to experience entrepreneurship and business and see firsthand how other cultures view and promote economic freedom.
- Rolling Admission and Scholarships — Rolling admission means you can apply for either 3-year program anytime, and if you are interested in Entrepreneurial Studies you can apply for the competitive Lillibridge Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship.
- Access to Start-up Capital — If you choose the 3-year Entrepreneurial Studies major, you will have the opportunity to compete for up to $25,000 of seed money to help launch your idea—just be prepared to present your idea to a panel of local business leaders.
3-year Degree Curriculum — Accounting & Business
With new industries, more sophisticated technologies and expanding opportunities for businesses, accounting professionals are in high demand. Whether you choose to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or simply want the accounting background to enhance your business career, the University of Sioux Falls Vucurevich School of Business will provide you with the necessary skills to land a successful career in public accounting or private accounting. In addition, our business faculty incorporates their Christian faith and personal business experiences into each course.
3-year Degree Curriculum — Entrepreneurial Studies
Designed for exceptionally well prepared students, the University of Sioux Falls 3-year bachelor degree program in Entrepreneurial Studies reduces the time and cost it normally takes students to earn their degree at the University of Sioux Falls. This fast-track, 3-year program is not for everyone. It is a fit for students who possess strong high school records, high ACT/SAT scores and clear professional goals.
Optional 1-year MBA in Organizational Leadership
Upon completion of your 3-year degree program, consider our 1-year MBA in Organizational Leadership to help increase your earning potential and gain a stronger return on investment in your Christian liberal arts education. Accounting & Business majors can also apply their MBA credits toward the 150 s.h. required to sit for the CPA exam.
Tom & Cindy Lillibridge Entrepreneurial Studies Scholarship
Our program champions, Tom and Cindy Lillibridge, established a scholarship for individuals who come from entrepreneurial households, students who own business or students who desire to be business owners. This scholarship is available to undergraduate students on a competitive basis.
Tuition, Room & Board and Fees
The same rate of tuition, room/board and fees that apply to 4-year degree programs at USF apply to 3-year degree programs.
Visit USF Financial Aid to learn about Tuition, Room & Board and Fees; Financial Aid; How to Apply for Aid; and How to Pay for College.
3-year Degree Requirements
- Cumulative high school GPA of 3.4; or
- Cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 and a composite ACT score of at least 25
- Cumulative high school GPA of 3.2 and a combined SAT score of at least 1150
- Declare either an Accounting & Business or Entrepreneurial Studies major
- Agree to the prescribed program pathway
- Admission to the University of Sioux Falls
- Admission to the 3-year Degree Program
If your ACT/SAT and/or GPA do not meet the preferred minimums yet you are willing to challenge yourself with the goals of a 3-year Degree Program, we invite you to apply and to explain in your Personal Essay how you will embrace the challenges and opportunities of the program.