Sometimes known as 3+2 or 4+1 programs (for the years involved in completion), accelerated master’s programs allow students to complete a master’s degree along with a bachelor’s degree in less time than is normally required for both degrees separately. Often, students can continue to use undergraduate scholarships for a part of graduate coursework, lowering the cost of their graduate degree.
Today, IU offers 25 such programs, including our successful cybersecurity risk management and environmental science master’s degrees. Through the new AMP IU program, we hope the number of available connected degree programs or pathways, as well as students who take advantage of these, will only multiply.
A key aspect of AMP IU is to match student interest and market needs with degree opportunity. As one example, many undergraduates come to IU with a strong expressed interest in business careers. While not all will study formal business fields in the Kelley School as undergraduates, AMP IU offers a tremendous way to combine graduate-level business learning with another dedicated area of undergraduate study. With faculty and department leadership, numerous potential master’s degree combinations, ranging from informatics to digital media, music business to ethics, may emerge.