Accelerated Learning FAQs


What is accelerated programming?
Accelerated programs use accepted adult learning methods of instruction that allows for a reduction of in-class hours by 50 percent.  Students complete the remaining percent by completing outside class activities such as reading, writing papers, case studies and projects.

What does the schedule look like?
Programs delivering their classes in the accelerated format will typically provide students with a general course schedule for progress through their degree program. Individual student schedules will vary depending on the number of credits they bring with them, the individual's desire to attend school full or part time and the number of general education courses taken along with program-specific classes.

How much time should I expect to spend each week on my course?
Accelerated courses are completed in six weeks with students spending approximately 10-15 hours on work outside of class each week.

Is accelerated learning right for me?
If you like to work independently and have good organizational skills the accelerated learning environment may be a good option for you. Be aware that accelerated courses require a significant number of hours outside of class each week, a high level of self-motivation and self-discipline.

Accelerated learning is meant to accomodate students with at least 3-5 years of work experience.

How long will it take to earn my degree?
Typical completion of your degree program will depend on whether students are taking classes on a full or part time basis. Core program courses can be completed in 18 months. Related study requirements and electives may be taken at any time, and most are offered in the accelerated format.

How does this degree work for students interested in completing a four-year baccalaureate degree?
Madison College has developed formal agreements with a number of four-year colleges and universities, which enable you to transfer the credits earned in an associate degree program to a specific institution. These agreements allow you to transfer program courses to meet the requirements of the accepting institution towards completion of a bachelor's degree following graduation from Madison College.

How do I get started?
Complete the Orientation to Online and Accelerated Learning!  

How much will the degree cost?
To earn an associate degree students must complete 66 credits. The cost of books and other materials will vary.  See our tuition information website for current tuition and fee costs.

Can I get financial aid?
Many students will qualify for financial aid. Visit the financial aid website for more information.

Can I receive credit for courses I previously completed?
Many students have completed credit courses through their employer or other institutions. Credits successfully completed through accredited schools may be transferred to Madison College and applied to the Associate Degree. Students must submit an official transcript that is then reviewed for acceptance of transfer credits. Gaining advanced standing does not provide a grade for a course. Rather, it simply shows that the course requirements have been met and the student is no longer required to take that course to receive the degree.

Can I receive credit for experience I have gained through work?
Documentation of achievements through work can be used to equate with the competencies in program courses through the granting of experiential credit. Students must provide documentation from employers for training and/or a summary of their experience which is then reviewed to determine if course competencies have been met. Gaining  experiential credit does not provide a grade for a course. Rather, it simply shows that the course requirements have been met and the student is no longer required to take that course to receive the degree.