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The Three-Year Degree Option

Mount classroomWith the Mount's two summer sessions, you can take two classes each session, allowing you to graduate early.

The Three Year Degree Option is a special opportunity for motivated students to complete their undergraduate degree programs in less time than the traditional four-year programs. This program reduces costs for students who have a clear idea of their educational path beyond the Mount and wish to enter graduate or professional school more quickly than is possible with a traditional 4-year course of study. Students in this program can take advantage of the same co-curricular and community experiences that 4-year students enjoy.

Who Qualifies?
Students entering the program as incoming freshmen must have a high school gpa of at least 3.0. For those students who wish to enter the program after the first semester of their freshman year, they must have a gpa of 3.2 or higher. In order to continue in the program, a student must not have an F (failure), W (withdraw), or be/have been on academic probation.

How much will I save?
You can save $10K-$15K over the cost of the traditional 4 year program, but the real value is in how much more you’ll earn by entering the workforce a year earlier.

What Majors are Available?
Every major that the Mount offers has a three year degree option.

After acceptance, when do I have to decide on whether or not to choose the three-year option?
A decision does not have to be made until the middle of your freshman year.

Can a student switch to a 4-year program after beginning the 3-year option?
If the pacing of the more traditional 4-year program becomes a better fit for the student, then a student may make that change at any time.

How will I complete the degree?
Students in the three year program enroll during the traditional fall and spring semesters. Additionally, students will enroll in classes over two summer sessions.
**Note: A few majors require part of a third summer session**

Is this program right for me?
Our admissions staff can help guide you in your decision regarding the three-year option. The staff works closely with the deans and academic departments to ensure a quality academic experience. Contact Mount St. Mary’s University Admissions at  800-448-4347 or

If you are a current student and are interested in the three-year degree option, please contact the Associate Provost's office for more information.

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