Accelerated and Three-Year Degrees,
and Assured Admission Programs

Take some of the uncertainty out of planning your future and choosing among graduate programs

Three-Year Degree Programs

The three-year degree format provides an accelerated degree path for students who are able and willing to complete their degree programs within a shorter time. More information.

  • Three years for an undergraduate degree in Business Administration, Communications, International Business and Culture, International Studies, or Psychology 
  • One summer of service learning—study abroad or in the United States
  • One summer internship—study abroad or in the United States

Accelerated Degree Programs

Forensic Science 

The 3+2 Accelerated Forensic Science Program is a highly selective program for academically talented students offering a B.A. or B.S. and master's degree in 5 years. Students receive a B.A./B.S. in Biology/Chemistry and an M.S. in Forensic Science.

International Peace and Conflict Resolution 3+2 Program

The International Peace and Conflict Resolution 3+2 Program integrates undergraduate and graduate training and provides comprehensive global learning opportunities. Arcadia’s undergraduate programs in Political Science and International Studies enrich the multidisciplinary perspectives inherent in the field of international peace and conflict resolution. This accelerated program is a five-year program that includes international experiences and practical fieldwork.

International Relations and Diplomacy 3+2 Program

This accelerated program meets the needs of students who want to pursue accelerated training in International Relations and Diplomacy, allowing for an intensive and rigorous five-year academic program that includes international experiences and practical fieldwork. This program allows talented students to pursue an accelerated option that is both more affordable and custom-designed to prepare them for a highly competitive job market.

Special Education

Arcadia offers a 3+2 combined Bachelor of Arts in Education and Master of Education with a concentration in Special Education. Students study undergraduate Elementary Education for three years and begin to study Special Education at the graduate level their senior year. The remainder of their graduate level Special Education program can be finished in their fifth year on a full-time basis or in several years on a part-time basis.

Assured Admissions to Graduate Programs

The best way to get into Arcadia’s nationally recognized programs—Physician Assistant, Physical Therapy, Forensic Science—is to be an Arcadia undergraduate.

Arcadia undergraduates (including transfer students) whose academic records and GRE scores meet the entrance requirements are assured admission into Arcadia’s graduate programs.

M.B.A. with a Global Perspective

Students who complete Arcadia’s Accelerated Degree Completion program with a 3.0 GPA or better overall and in business courses and who have two years of work experience are assured admission into Arcadia’s M.B.A. with an International Perspective. This 22-month M.B.A. program is designed for working professionals.

Forensic Science

Students who complete Arcadia’s pre-Forensic Science program are assured admission to the Forensic Science master’s program. Arcadia's undergraduate students study either Chemistry or Biology, and many participate in the Honors Program. Arcadia University is one of only 11 universities in the nation offering a FEPAC-accredited master’s in Forensic Science.

International Peace and Conflict Resolution

Undergraduate students on this 4+2 track prepare for the Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution by pursuing a liberal arts undergraduate major in the social sciences or humanities, such as International Studies, Political Science, or Global Legal Studies. Students complete the prerequisite and recommended courses and study abroad for one or two semesters.

Physical Therapy

This is a 4+D.P.T. program leading to the Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.) degree from Arcadia, which has the #7 ranked PT program in the nation. Students pursue an undergraduate major in a discipline such as Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, Business or Health Administration. Prerequisite courses needed for graduate-level study include Biology, Human Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, Psychology and Statistics. Students are strongly urged to work closely with the adviser from their chosen major to coordinate the requirements of their major and the prerequisite courses for graduate-level professional work.

Physician Assistant

This is a 4+2 program, with four years of undergraduate study and two years of graduate study in the Physician Assistant program. Students interested in becoming part of the Physician Assistant program must first earn a bachelor’s degree in a major such as Biology, Chemistry or Psychology and complete prerequisite courses. Arcadia University undergraduates whose academic records and Graduate Record Examination scores (GRE) meet the 4+2 entrance requirements are assured admission into the graduate program at the end of the senior year.

Professional School Preparation

Arcadia offers undergraduate students unique preparation for graduate school, including the opportunity to do research and publish with faculty members. Internships, study abroad at some of the finest universities in the world, and other real-world integrative learning experiences also provide distinct qualifications for many professional fields.


Arcadia University offers a combined five-year 3+2 Engineering Program with Columbia University in New York. It is also possible for students to complete a four-year bachelor’s degree program at Arcadia University and then take two additional years at Columbia University for a Master’s Degree in Engineering.


Students interested in law often choose to major in Political Science.The Pre-Law and Political Theory concentration offers preparation for paralegal positions and a foundation for law school. Study abroad is highly recommended for pre-law students. The Global Legal Studies major requires a year of study abroad and is designed for students who are interested in careers in law and/or international relations.

Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry

Arcadia University offers many programs that satisfy the course requirements for admission to schools of medicine, dentistry, osteopathy, optometry, podiatry and other health-related fields. While pre-medical students usually major in Biology or Chemistry, medical schools will accept students with excellent records regardless of major, provided they have a solid foundation in the basic sciences and mathematics. The Pre- Medical advisers assist students with the application process and choice of schools.


Although this plan will work for transfer to most nursing programs, Arcadia offers a 2+2 nursing program in affiliation with the Jefferson College of Health Professions at Thomas Jefferson University. After two years at Arcadia and two years at Thomas Jefferson University, students are awarded an R.N. Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree from Thomas Jefferson University.


This is a combined 3+4 program with Salus University (formerly the Pennsylvania College of Optometry). The first three years, students study Interdisciplinary Science at Arcadia University. At the start of their third year, students must submit their credentials to a joint Arcadia University-Salus committee. Salus reserves a minimum of four spots for Arcadia University students. After successful completion of the four years of professional study, Salus will award a Doctor of Optometry degree.

Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Arcadia University offers several routes for completion of the requirements for admission to schools of veterinary medicine. Majors in Biology or Chemistry are most commonly taken by students interested in veterinary medicine, but schools will accept students with excellent records in other majors, provided they have adequate preparation in the basic sciences and mathematics. The pre-professional adviser assists students with the application process and choice of schools. provide distinct qualifications for many professional fields.


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