Get a head start on your future by earning credits for your bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the same time

In today’s workplace, everybody wants to move up the ladder and get ahead. That’s why learning new skills is one of the best ways to position yourself as an asset to your employer — or perhaps even start your own business.

While there’s no such thing as a sure thing, a master’s degree can certainly help position you for leadership and advancement opportunities in the workplace. An extra two years in school may seem challenging — but it may be necessary. Luckily, there are options to help you earn the credentials you need faster.

By choosing the right university and program, you can save time by taking graduate courses while you work toward your bachelor’s degree. Maryville’s Early Access program gives you the opportunity to complete up to 12 master’s-level credits that can be applied to both your bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, occupations that typically require a master’s degree are projected to grow 16.4% between 2020 and 2030. As technology and automation reduce the need for physical labor, highly skilled careers will continue to grow — along with demand for those with the appropriate knowledge to perform those duties.

The time investment involved in pursuing a master’s degree can seem daunting, but options like our Early Access program can help you save time and money as you gain the graduate-level skills and knowledge to thrive in our modern economy.

Get the most out of your education — and help advance your career

A master’s degree can be important for career development and advancement opportunities. It’s what people tend to think of when the words “executive leadership” come to mind.

If you’re currently pursuing an undergraduate degree, you’re already halfway there — and uniquely positioned to begin fast-tracking your master’s through a combined degree program such as the one offered at Maryville.

According to, opportunities like our Early Access program “could be good fits for students who know they want to stay at the same school for their graduate and undergraduate studies. They might also be good for students who want to earn both degrees but don’t want to stay in school that long or for students who feel they need more time than just four years to prepare for the working world.”

Through Early Access, students at the bachelor’s level can earn credits that can be applied simultaneously to their graduate studies, building a bridge to their future education. The online nature of an accelerated program also offers flexibility for students who are balancing work with school, life, and other important commitments.

How can I benefit from a combined degree program?

Beginning your master’s degree as an undergraduate shows a deep commitment and investment in your future. By entering a combined degree program, you can begin taking graduate-level courses in your junior or senior year while earning dual course credit for both sets of degrees.

Not only that, but a combined degree program provides plenty of benefits, including:

  • Time: Earn advance credits and graduate with a master’s degree up to a full year earlier.
  • Money: Many programs, including Maryville’s Early Access program, offer advanced graduate credits at the undergraduate tuition rate.
  • Curriculum: Expand your knowledge base by taking courses from another discipline that can be applied to your primary field of study.

 There’s more than one way to move forward

Get a head start on your master’s degree at Maryville

Maryville University’s Early Access program features a connective approach to learning, offering you the chance to make a seamless transition between your bachelor’s and master’s education. Our Early Access program currently supports nine master’s degree options in business, computer science, and healthcare, so you have options to fit your career goals. Student advisors also work with you every step of the way.

If you’re ready to see how Maryville Online can help you be brave and pursue your educational and professional goals, we’re here for you. Check out our online bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees, as well as our certificate programs, and then schedule a call with an advisor today.


U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Occupational Employment Projections Through the Perspective of Education and Training”, “The Benefits of a 5 Year Combined Degree Program”

The Princeton Review, “Should You Go to Grad School Right After Undergrad?”

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