Lynn University accelerated path to graduate degrees expands this fall

3.0 program offered to freshman; first group of 3+1students enter program
Lynn University accelerated path to graduate degrees expands this fall

Published Aug. 29, 2012

Lynn University has expanded its successful 3.0 program that provides an accelerated track to an undergraduate degree in three years for qualified students with 3+1 — an academic path that allows students coming out of the undergraduate program to get their graduate degree in one year.

“Today’s students are entering an extremely challenging job market and a graduate degree can provide them a distinct advantage,” Gareth Fowles, Lynn's vice president for enrollment management, said. “We considered this and the national conversations about the value of a college education when we started designing both the 3+1 and 3.0 programs.”

The Lynn 3.0 program began in the fall of 2010, when a select group of first-year students were allowed to apply to complete their degree in 3 years instead of the typical 4 years. This group was limited to 20 students and the program is available in all majors except music and education. The program has proven so successful that it was just opened at the start of the fall 2012 semester to all qualified incoming freshman.

The 3+1 program is for students who are able to meet and maintain specified academic requirements as they earned their undergraduate degree through the 3.0 track. These students have already saved an estimated $45,600 (in tuition, fees, room and board, books, transportation and personal expenses) over the cost of a 4-year degree.

Participating in the 3+1 would offer even more academic and career value. It would essentially allow students to complete undergraduate and graduate degrees for the approximate cost of a traditional 4-year degree. Several students coming out of Lynn’s 3.0 program have already expressed interest, and the first group will enter 3+1 this semester.

“The astute student is opting to complete their graduate degree prior to entering the job market,” Gregg Cox, vice president of academic affairs, said. “With these cost savings, and more advanced credentials, a Lynn 3+1 student would have a distinct advantage over their traditional 4-year degree peers when entering the job market.”

3+1 Graduate degree path

With the strength of Lynn University’s core curriculum, the Dialogues of Learning, Lynn 3+1 students should have the undergraduate foundation to choose between the 11 one-year graduate degree programs (accelerated 8-week terms over a 12 month period) Lynn currently offers to qualified 3.0 students and traditional graduate students who qualify.

Administration M.S.

  • Criminal Justice Administration Specialization
  • Emergency Planning and Administration Specialization

Business Administration M.B.A.

Communication and Media M.S.

  • Media Studies and Practice Specialization
  • Digital Animation Specialization