Accelerated 5-Year Programs

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Accelerate your schedule. Accrue substantial savings!

University of Detroit Mercy's College of Liberal Arts & Education offers several Accelerated Five-Year Programs that allow well-prepared incoming freshmen to complete both their bachelor's and master's degrees in just five years (10 consecutive semesters). Juniors and transfer students may be admitted into this program with the permission of the department and Dean’s Office*.

Cybersecurity

  • Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Systems (major: cybersecurity) TO Master of Science in Information Assurance (cybersecurity)
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer & Information Systems (major: cybersecurity) TO Master of Science in Intelligence Analysis

Criminal Justice

  • Bachelor of Science (major: criminal justice) TO Master of Arts (major: criminal justice)
  • Bachelor of Science (major: criminal justice) TO Master of Science in Intelligence AnalysiEconomics/Financial

Economics

  • Bachelor of Arts (major: economics) TO Master of Arts in Economics

Financial Economics

  • Bachelor of Arts (major: financial economics) TO Master of Arts in Financial Economics

Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • Bachelor of Arts (major: i/o psychology) TO Master of Arts (major: i/o psychology)

How it Works—Save Time and Money

The student pays full-time undergraduate tuition during the first four years and regular graduate tuition for the fifth year. One economic benefit to the student is that the cost of the first 12 graduate credits (two courses in the fall and two courses in the winter) has been covered by the normal undergraduate tuition meaning that no additional costs are incurred in the fourth-year-full-time tuition rate. Since the graduate program will be reduced by the four graduate courses taken while an undergraduate student, the graduate program can be done faster and more economically. Certain financial aid benefits are also applied to the entire five-year program usually resulting in more cost-savings.

Admission into the program:

  • Incoming 5-year freshmen must have an ACT score of 24 or SAT equivalent, with a minimum of 22 in each section, as well as a high school GPA of 3.4 overall on a 4.0 scale.
  • Throughout the accelerated 5-year program, students must maintain full-time status and at least a cumulative 3.25 GPA at Detroit Mercy.
  • Pay full-time undergraduate tuition during the first four years; Pay regular graduate tuition for the fifth year.

Program Requirements:

  • All undergraduate and graduate requirements must be met.
  • Students will be placed into appropriate-level freshmen math and writing courses at Detroit Mercy.
  • Students may take up to four graduate classes during their senior year.
  • Students may qualify for different financial aid packages for onsite and online graduate programs.
  • For freshmen, this program MUST be completed in five years from start to finish. If the student does not finish within five years, the program reverts to the costs associated with earning a master's degree outside of the five-year program and other financial aid benefits may be lost. 
  • Full-time status usually means 15-18 credit hours per semester, resulting in 102-108 credits entering as a senior.
  • A maximum of 12 credits is allowed per semester in the undergraduate portion of the program for graduate classes (6 credits in Fall and 6 in Winter).

* Qualifications for the Accelerated 5-Year Programs for juniors and transfer students are:

  • Students must receive program and Dean's Office approval.
  • Students who transfer into the program MUST maintain full-time status until the completion of the program.
  • Students can transfer in up to first term as a junior.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.25; and
  • Have a minimum of 72 credits.

A Sample 5-Year Program:

(Note: Full-Time Status Must Be Maintained In All Semesters)

  First Year 36 undergraduate credits
  Second Year 36 undergraduate credits
  Third Year 36 undergraduate credits
  Fourth Year  
  First Semester: 9-12 undergraduate credits
  6 graduate credits
  Second Semester: 9-12 undergraduate credits
  6 graduate credits
  Fifth Year
  First Semester: 9-12 graduate credits (depending on program)
      Second Semester: 9-12 graduate credits (depending on program)