Overview: Even a College Can Go Back to School™
Accelerated Degree Programs Now Available
Though Grace is a four-year liberal arts college, it now offers academically aggressive students an accelerated degree option that significantly reduces the cost of a college education. At the same time, a new curricular model provides more time for contextual experiences and applied learning. These changes will help students engage more deeply and actively in their education, and will place them in their careers sooner. We’re excited to share these changes with you and see how God works through them.
Options and Eligibility
Under the new curriculum design, students will be able to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in either three or four years, or may take advantage of a combined Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in four years. In order to complete an accelerated program, students must take at least 18 credit hours per semester, and complete at least 12 credits total during the summers. Students who are not admitted to Grace under normal admission standards and/or who do not maintain a 3.0 GPA will not be able to register for more than 8 credits per session, and therefore will be ineligible to participate in the accelerated track.
Grace will continue to operate under a two-semester system. However, each semester will be divided into two 8-week sessions. Students will usually take 2-4 courses per session, allowing for more focused attention on a fewer classes at a time. Though this plan eliminates J-Term courses, full-time students may take up to 6 credits of online classes each summer. These courses will be offered during two 8-week sessions (May/June and July/August).
All students must complete at least 12 credit hours of applied learning, such as study abroad, internships, student leadership, applied research, or student teaching. Applied learning opportunities are designed to help students gain experience in the real world.
Lower Cost - Earlier Path to Income
With the three-year option, students will spend less money and start earning more quickly. Grace believes that with an accelerated degree, extra earned income, and a little creativity, a lot more is possible.