Put Your Career on the Fast Track

Accelerated program options allow you to earn two degrees in less time and at a lower cost.

Sep 15, 2021

by FSC Staff

Our four-year graduation guarantee ensures you hit the ground running. But, if you're looking to take your career to the next level fast, our eight accelerated program options provide a valuable opportunity to finish two degrees and start your career at a potentially higher salary while decreasing your overall costs!

Five-Year (4+1) Programs

Florida Southern's "4+1" options enable you to combine undergraduate and graduate coursework to accelerate the completion of your master's degree in accounting, business, psychology, and education. At the end of your junior year, you'll be eligible for early admission into our top-ranked programs, allowing you to earn both degrees in five years rather than the typical six.

CPA licensure +
Professional development

If your goal is to become a certified public accountant (CPA), our Master of Accountancy is for you. By completing two additional semesters, this program helps you meet the 150 hours of additional academic credit all states require CPA candidates earn. Additionally, you'll gain the professional development needed to position yourself as a leader in the accounting field while maximizing your earnings potential. With a 100% pass-rate on the CPA licensure exam, our graduates go on to hold impressive positions in business and government, as well as Big Four accounting firms.



A Master in Business Administration (MBA), is the most sought-after credential by business students, and for a good reason. According to Poets and Quants, the share of companies hiring MBA graduates continues to rise around the world and across industries ranging from consulting to manufacturing. Not only that, but compared with other advanced business degrees, an MBA has been shown to lead to higher starting salaries for graduates entering the workforce!

Best of all? You don't have to be a business major to take advantage of our MBA program. With executive mentors who share firsthand insights, international field experiences that introduce you to the global business environment, and living case studies that provide real-world business experience, you'll graduate ready to tackle the complex problems businesses today face.




With Forbes magazine reporting that 70 percent of employees feel disengaged from their work, businesses are eager to employ organizational psychologists to help create a productive and motivated workforce, making this America's #1 fastest-growing career.

Open to undergraduates of any major, our Master of Industrial-Organizational Psychology (also called I/O Psychology) integrates brain science with organizational theory to develop policies and practices that support productivity and solve other workplace problems. Through a strong understanding of human behavior, you'll be ready to implement effective training programs, coach employees, and design a happy, fulfilling workplaces, making you a valued leader in any organization.


Start your career & advance your
education — at the same time!

While you do not need to have an advanced degree to teach at the K-12 level, planning to pursue your Master's in Education (MED) while an undergrad is a wise move. Not only are you likely to make more money when you graduate, but your expanded knowledge and skill set will set you up to excel in leadership positions outside the classroom in areas such as curriculum design and school administration.

While classroom teachers are in high demand in many areas of the nation, positions within top school districts are competitive. Even if your goal is to stay in the classroom, holding a master's degree from an institution recognized numerous times by the Florida Department of Education, makes you more attractive to potential employers as it denotes exceptional experience and training.

Through our Master of Arts in Transformational Curriculum and Instruction 4+1 option, non-education majors can also enroll in graduate-level coursework to preparing them to teach.


Our partnerships with Duke University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine allow us to offer fast-track options for advancing from freshman year to post-graduate studies in one straight shot!



Want to pursue a degree in engineering but worry about attending a university with large class sizes and getting lost in the crowd? You can choose to follow either a 3-2 or a 4-2 schedule, entering Washington University in St. Louis (WashU) after your junior or senior year. And, with one additional year of study (so three total years at WashU), you can earn a engineering masters degree in addition to your undergraduate engineering degree and your FSC bachelor's degree. With strong communication and problem-solving skills, a broad background in the humanities and social sciences, and a high-quality technical education, your more likely to obtain a job straight out of college!


Environmental Studies

Are you interested in managing natural environments? Do you want to improve the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation's forests and grasslands? Do you hope to have a hand in developing conservation policy? Our 3-2 partnership with Duke University will enable you to obtain a bachelor's and a master's degree in five years. After three years of working towards either a Bachelor of Science (BS) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree at Florida Southern, you can apply to complete your remaining degree requirements and begin working towards your Master of Forestry or Master of Environmental Management at the Duke University's prestigious Nicholas School for the Environment.



If you're interested in medical, dental, or pharmacy school, look no further! Though acceptance in the program is selective, our partnership with one of the nation's most renowned medical colleges, Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM), you can pursue our pre-med, pre-pharmacy and pre-dental tracks. The best part of all this? Students who meet the high school requirements are conditionally accepted into both FSC and LECOM's programs simultaneously, securing their path to a career in medicine.

If you're interested in pursuing the LECOM Early Acceptance program, contact to your FSC Admissions counselor.


I decided to pursue the LECOM Early Admission program because it allowed me to attend a fantastic medical school that's close to home. It has also granted me the ability to pursue my dream of becoming a pediatrician without the added financial burden of applying to multiple medical schools. LECOM is also recognized as one of the most affordable private medical schools in the country. I strongly encourage other students to consider finances and location when selecting a program.
— Emily Glidden '20, is working toward her doctorate of osteopathic medicine at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

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