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Degree in Three

Coastal Carolina University students can obtain an undergraduate degree in three short years by taking advantage of fall, spring and summer classes. The following majors offer programs that can be completed in three years:

Accounting Economics Management
Biology Elementary Education Marine Science
Biochemistry English Marketing
Chemistry Finance Political Science
Computer Science Information Systems Psychology
Early Childhood Education Interdisciplinary Studies Special Education

 

 

For majors not listed above, the student will need to meet with a program coordinator to develop a curriculum plan that demonstrates a three year completion. All students who can demonstrate a three-year curriculum plan are eligible for the Trustee Award. For more information or to schedule an appointment please contact a program coordinator.

Get More in Four

The Get More in Four program is a four-year undergraduate and graduate-level combined degree program in which students will complete the Degree in Three and a one-year graduate degree. Interested students must first apply for the Degree in Three and indicate interest in the Get More in Four program during the application process. Admittance into the Get More in Four program includes pre-admission to the graduate program and allows you to waive all graduate program entrance exams (e.g., GMAT, GRE). Students must apply for full admission to the graduate degree program following the regular deadlines. Other admission criteria specific to each program (e.g., minimum undergraduate GPA) apply.

By participating in both the Degree in Three and More in Four programs a student can complete both a bachelor's and master’s degree in just four years. Available graduate degrees include:

  • Master of Accountancy (MAcc)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Arts in Writing (MAW)
  • Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
  • Master of Education in Learning and Teaching (M.Ed., instructional technology and literacy concentrations)

Click here to see a sample curriculum plan for an Economics + MBA major in the Get More in Four program.

Combined degrees available include:

Accounting + MAcc Economics + MBA Management + MBA
Accounting + MBA Elementary Education + M.Ed. Management + M.Ed. (IT)
Biochemistry + MAT English + MAW Marketing + MBA
Biology + MAT English + MAT Marketing + M.Ed. (IT)
Biology + MBA Finance + MBA Marine Science + MAT
Chemistry + MAT Information Systems + MBA Marine Science + MBA
Computer Science + MBA Information Systems + M.Ed. (IT) Political Science + MAT
Computer Science + M.Ed. (IT) Interdisciplinary Studies + MBA Political Science + MALS
Early Childhood Education + M.Ed. Interdisciplinary Studies + M.Ed. (IT) Special Education + M.Ed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information, please contact a program coordinator.

Is the Degree in Three right for me?

The Degree in Three and associated Get More in Four programs are designed to allow motivated students to accelerate their academic progress in order to obtain a degree. The primary mechanism of this acceleration is through a consistent course load throughout the student's college career, including summer. For this reason a student's motivation and ability to handle a rigorous course load is vital to success in the program. In considering whether this program is right for you consider the following questions:

Motivation: Is this something that you desire enough to make the extra effort necessary to be successful in the program? 

Depending on the major you select, success will depend on working closely with your academic adviser, taking heavier course loads and attending summer school. You must ask yourself whether the benefits of the program motivate you enough to put forth the extra effort that will be required.

Goals: Do you have clear academic goals based on your interests and academic talents? 

Many academically talented students have diverse interests and might be better advised to take the time to explore many possibilities before settling on a major. Finishing in three years requires a clear focus on the end goal and following a structured program of study. You must ask yourself whether the benefits of the program align with your personal academic goals.

Time Allocation: Does the program constitute your primary collegiate focus or are there competing interests for your time? 

The Degree in Three program is accomplished through an accelerated program of study, and course offerings are tightly packed to maximize your progress during the semester. Due to the accelerated nature of the program there is little opportunity to "catch up" following a deviation from the curriculum plan. You must ask yourself whether the benefits of the program are sufficient enough that they constitute your primary collegiate focus.

After considering the questions above you feel that an accelerated degree program is right for you, we encourage you to apply for the Degree in Three program. Simply click Apply Now and follow the instructions. If you have any questions about a particular major area of study, please contact the program coordinator.