accelerated programs

Colorado State University is excited to provide programs for students to graduate by the end of their third spring or summer term for select programs of study. Accelerated Programs typically include 15-16 credits each fall and spring semester for three years, plus 6-9 credits over two or three summer sessions. Students who enter CSU with prior credit (AP, IB, transfer, etc.) may use applicable courses to further accelerate their graduation. This includes students who began at a two-year Colorado institution following Transfer Agreements & Guarantees.

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Interested students will meet with the program advisor to discuss whether an accelerated program is realistic and beneficial based on their life situation as well as academic and career goals. Students should also visit with staff in the Office of Financial Aid for additional options and resources. To declare their intent, students will complete the Accelerated Programs Student Agreement provided by the program advisor. If at any time the student changes their mind, they will meet with their advisor to discuss taking more time for degree completion and, if using financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid.

While pursuing Accelerated Programs has many benefits, there are also trade-offs. Participating students will make steady academic progress, complete their degree early, and be on their way to their next chapter in life. This provides the opportunity to enter a graduate or professional degree program or begin earning a professional salary earlier, potentially enhancing lifetime earnings. To graduate in 3 or 3 ½ years, students will need to invest in summer tuition, fees, and related expenses, but may reduce their overall cost of attendance. Summer Financial Aid is available and nonresident undergraduate summer base tuition is reduced by 30% compared to fall and spring.

While completing 120 credits within the shorter time frame, students may not have the opportunity to explore majors and add additional programs of study such as minors or second majors. However, many of the current Accelerated Programs allow for flexibility. If students change their major, an accelerated path may no longer work for them.

Current Accelerated Programs

Business Administration, Concentrations in:

  • Accounting
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Finance
  • Financial Planning
  • Marketing
  • Organization and Innovation Management
  • Real Estate

Communication Studies


History, Concentrations in:

  • General History
  • Language
  • Digital and Public History

Human Development and Family Studies, Concentrations in:

  • Early Childhood Professions
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • Leadership and Entrepreneurial Professions
  • Pre-Health Professions
  • Prevention and Intervention Sciences

Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts

International Studies, Concentrations in:

  • Asian Studies
  • European Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Middle East and North African Studies

Journalism & Media Communication

Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Spanish for the Professions Concentration

Mathematics, Concentrations in:

  • Education
  • General

Natural Resource Tourism – This program provides the opportunity for a 3+1 degree, through which a baccalaureate degree and master’s degree can be earned in four years.

Political Science, Concentrations in:

  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Global Politics and Policy
  • U.S. Government, Law, and Policy

Psychology, General Concentration

Students seeking a program not listed are encouraged to contact the program advisor to discuss if an accelerated pace is possible. Because of specific requirements and course sequences, certain programs may not be options for accelerated completion.