You may have heard of a fast-track degree completion program as an option for students who want to finish a bachelor’s degree. Although the program is rewarding – more than 25 percent of students get a promotion or raise after completing Northeastern University’s program – it’s not an easy task to complete the second half of a bachelor’s degree in 18 months.
What are some of the considerations that should go into your decision whether or not to pursue the accelerated option? Here are the top three:
1. What’s your motivation?
Besides obtaining a degree, you should consider what your career goals are. Maybe you already have a bachelor’s degree, but are required to get another in a different field to help you transition between industries. Maybe you know you need a master’s to break into a certain field, but you haven’t finished your bachelor’s yet.
Whatever the case may be, you should have a clear idea of what you want to get out of any fast-track program before you begin, and a strong reason why you’re about to undertake the program.
2. Does it fit your lifestyle?
A fast-track program is demanding and highly structured, because it has to be; you’re essentially condensing two years of a bachelor’s degree into 18 months. If you’re someone who needs to travel frequently for work, or if you have an unpredictable schedule, you may be able to find success in a less structured program instead. If you have a regular schedule with a normal amount of commitments and responsibilities, fast-track may be the right fit for you.
3. Do you want course flexibility?
In a fast-track program, very little curriculum flexibility. So while you won’t be able to obtain an additional minor or take a wide variety of electives, you will complete the program in 18 months with a degree on your resume. Finishing your degree quickly leaves you free to explore other educational aspirations after you’ve obtained your bachelors degree.
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