3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Fast-Track Degree

3 Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering a Fast-Track Degree

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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About Erin Rapp

Erin Rapp is assistant director of undergraduate programs at the College of Professional Studies. She has worked with undergraduate faculty and students for the last five years to insure quality programming.

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