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Accelerated Study Plans

Design your college experience to fit your graduation timeline. With an accelerated study plan, you can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees faster by taking classes year-round.

Plan Benefits

Support from On Your Time staff members and your academic advisors makes it easier for you to graduate in less than four years. When you create a formal accelerated plan, you have access to

  • priority registration for classes
  • advocates who work with your department for accommodations
  • individual advising to help you stay on track
  • potential financial savings
  • fast track the completion of your bachelor’s and, in some cases, master’s degrees

We’ve created many three-year study plans for motivated students like you. If a plan doesn’t currently exist for your major, we’ll work with you and your advisor to create one.

Early registration is a big plus! It makes it so much easier to get into the classes I want and need.

— Melinda Busman, senior and biological sciences major

What to Expect with an Accelerated Study Plan

When you meet with an academic advisor about an accelerated study plan, you’ll review your academic transcript, explore the requirements in your major map and, where possible, explore existing accelerated study plans. Your advisor will also refer you to staff at the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships to help you understand the implications of taking year-round classes. To graduate early, you will likely take courses during the summer and winter sessions, which can include online classes that will let you stay ahead even if you’re away from campus.

Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree

It’s never too early to start preparing your accelerated study plan. If you are an undergraduate student, it’s best to kick off your plan freshman year so that you can take courses during the winter and summer sessions.

There are three ways you can learn more about accelerated study plans and start the process to formalize your plan. Choose the option that’s most comfortable for you.

1. Contact your academic advisor. See table below for list of contacts. Note: If an advisor is not listed for your area of study, choose another option. 

Program Contact
Biological Sciences, B.S. Amanda Zeigler
apolson@biol.sc.edu
Cardiovascular Technology, B.S.  Loren Knapp
lwknapp@mailbox.sc.edu
Chemistry, B.S. Leslie Lovelace lovelacl@mailbox.sc.edu
Criminology & Criminal Justice, B.A. Patricia Armstrong  parmstro@mailbox.sc.edu 
Environmental Studies, B.A. Gwen Geidel
geidel@environ.sc.edu
Environmental Science, B.S. Gwen Geidel
geidel@environ.sc.edu
Geological Sciences, B.S.  Gwen Geidel
geidel@environ.sc.edu 
Geological Sciences (with concentration in Environmental Geoscience), B.S.  Gwen Geidel
geidel@environ.sc.edu 
Marine Science, B.S.  Gwen Geidel
geidel@environ.sc.edu 
Sociology, B.A.  Department of Sociology
socygrad@mailbox.sc.edu

 

Program Contact
Sport & Entertainment Management, B.S. Kathy Smiling
smiling@hrsm.sc.edu
Program Contact
Exercise Science, B.A. Sara Corwin
corwins@sc.edu

2. Contact the On Your Time team.

  • Stop by our office in the Byrnes Building (Suite 209)
  • Call us at 803-777-9850
  • Email us at onyourtime@sc.edu

3. Complete the Advising Center’s interest form

Accelerated Bachelor’s Plus Master’s Degree

Speed up your timeframe for earning your undergraduate and graduate degrees. Current plans are listed below, and more will be added each semester. Email the contact listed for each degree program to learn more about the requirements and how to get started. 

Program Contact
Biological Sciences, B.S. + Education Minor + M.T. (3 + 1)  Dr. Christine Lotter
lotter@mailbox.sc.edu
Media Arts, B.A. + M.A. (4+1) Evan Meaney
emeaney@mailbox.sc.edu
Marine Science, B.S. + M.S. (4+1)  Gwen Geidel
geidel@environ.sc.edu 
Sociology, B.S. + M.S. (3+1)
Learn More »
Jennifer Augustine
augustjm@mailbox.sc.edu
Program Contact
Master of Accountancy, B.S.B.A. + M.Acc. (4)
Learn More »
macc@moore.sc.edu
Program Contact
Biomedical Engineering, B.S. + M.S. (4+1) Tarek Shazly
shazly@cec.sc.edu
Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurial Engineering, B.S. + M.S. (4+.5) Ehsan Jabbarzadeh
jabbarza@cec.sc.edu

 


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