Accelerated Learning Programs | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Accelerated Learning Programs


    The following accelerated programs are available. For full details on any of the programs offered, please see the Undergraduate Catalog.

    Doctor of Pharmacy: 3+4 Program

    Biology and Chemistry Departments

    Biology and chemistry majors at Franciscan University now have the added option of studying for a doctor of pharmacy degree through a new cooperative venture between Franciscan and the D’Youville College School of Pharmacy in Buffalo, New York.

    Master of Arts in Philosophy

    Philosophy Department

    The Philosophy Department offers a special arrangement for Franciscan University students that enable them to receive an early admission to the MA program. Students admitted under the accelerated program are allowed to take up to two graduate-level philosophy courses for a total of 6 credit hours and to apply these credits both toward completion of their undergraduate degree as well as their MA degree.

    Theology Accelerated Program

    Theology Department

    The Graduate Theology Department of Franciscan University of Steubenville offers an accelerated program toward completion of the MA in Theology and Christian Ministry. The student must be accepted into the accelerated program by applying through the Admissions Office.

    BA/MA Clinical Mental Health Counseling Accelerated Program 

    Psychology Department

    Second-semester juniors who are majoring in psychology and have at least a 3.3 QPA are eligible to apply for through the accelerated track to the Graduate Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program. This joint offering of Psychology and the CMHC Program makes it possible to complete one’s BA in Psychology and MA in Counseling in 5 years (plus one summer) instead of 6.

    MBA 4 + 1 Program

    Business Department

    The Department of Accounting, Business Administration, and Economics offers a special arrangement for Franciscan University students who receive an early admission to our Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program. They have the possibility of reducing by one trimester the time needed to complete the MBA degree with an additional savings in tuition.


    Political Science Department

    Students who wish to prepare for the legal profession at Franciscan University of Steubenville will discover a number of academic programs to equip them for the rigor of study in law school. Law schools do not require a specific college academic major. Students may choose any major that will help them individually to develop skills that are essential for the practice of law. Vital skills to be developed in pre-law study include verbal and writing skills, analytical and reasoning skills, and a critical understanding of the human institutions and moral principles with which the law deals.

    Pre-Med, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Physical Therapy

    Nursing Department

    Pre-professional preparation for careers in medicine, dentistry, physical therapy, pharmacy, and other health sciences may be met or partially met in either the usual four-year biology or chemistry program. Basic courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics are acceptable to all schools. Admission requirements in English, humanities, foreign language, and social studies vary among these schools.

    Pre-Pharmacy Program

    Nursing Department

    Pharmacy schools have different views on what academic preparation is needed to prepare students for their schools. Pre-pharmacy students meet with the pre-professional advisor to plan a program that will best prepare the student for the pharmacy school of the student’s choice. This may mean two years of chemistry, biology, social science and humanities courses at Franciscan and then a transfer to a four-year pharmacy school. Other students choose to complete a major and graduate with a BA or BS degree at Franciscan before going to pharmacy school. The pre-professional advisor will help each individual student plan a program to reach his/her goal of admission to pharmacy school.

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