Accelerated Degree Programs

Accelerated Degree Programs Allow Students to Earn Bachelor’s Degree in Three Years and Bachelor’s + Master’s Degrees in Four Years

Beginning fall semester, TU will offer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in three years followed by a master’s degree in just one additional year.  The program will give prospective students an exciting and innovative new pathway toward graduate education without sacrificing the on-campus experience or quality of education.

“We are doing this to offer prospective students the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree in less time than the normal four years and a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in less time than the usual six years, saving the student both time and money,” explains TU President Paul Marion.

Students will be able to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree in criminal justice or business. If the student wishes, he or she would also have the choice of stopping after receiving a bachelor’s degree in three years.

According to Marion, the target audience would be prospective students and their parents who want the benefits of TU’s high quality education and are willing to compress their college experience into a more compact time schedule.

“This program fits into TU’s mission of providing access and opportunity by giving students a chance to accomplish their educational goals in a more efficient and cost-effective way,” he adds.

Based on current costs, a student in the program could save more than $9,000 alone in room and board costs.  But students will still enjoy all the benefits of living on campus for the first three years of the program, with the fourth-year master’s degree program offered in a combination of online and seated courses.

TU’s accelerated opportunity follows an initiative from Ohio’s governor that by 2014, state universities must offer 60 percent of their bachelor’s degrees in a three-year format.  While this initiative applies only to public institutions, TU – as an independent university – is breaking the mold and staying ahead of the educational curve to appeal to the needs and desires of both today’s and tomorrow’s highly motivated, well-prepared high school graduate.

Course offerings in the new program will be the same as TU’s regular four-year bachelor’s degree programs. The difference will come in the accelerated way in which these courses are offered.  Both online and seated courses will be offered during the summer to ensure that students receive the same top-tier education that TU has been known for during its more than 100-year existence.  Students will also be required to retain a minimum grade-point average to remain in the program.

“This is Tiffin University’s proactive approach to convenient learning in higher education – a new opportunity to provide higher education in a flexible, timely and convenient learning setting,” Marion says. “TU is already known for our flexibility, affordability and convenience, and although the program will save students time and money, they will need to remain serious about their education because of the rigorous academic calendar schedule.”

About Tiffin University:

Tiffin University’s mission is “to offer quality, professionally-focused, learning-centered undergraduate and graduate degree programs and life-long learning opportunities to prepare traditional college-age students and adult students for successful careers and for productive and satisfying lives of excellence, leadership, and service.”

TU offers its programs on the Tiffin campus, online, in Romania and Taiwan, and at several locations throughout Ohio.  The Tiffin campus serves as the residential campus for traditional college-age undergraduates, a site for graduate degree offerings, and the headquarters for the entire TU educational network.

The university works with communities, employers, and specific professions to anticipate, design, and deliver effective academic programs that reflect evolving professional needs and intellectual requirements of the future.

Tiffin University’s seated and online programs are authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents and are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (HLC/NCA).  TU’s business programs are also accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the European Council for Business Education (ECBE).