Quinnipiac University
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About Our Programs

Dual-Degree Programs

In today’s competitive market, a graduate degree is often the key to your success. We understand that making the transition from undergraduate to graduate study can be overwhelming, expensive and time consuming — which is why we developed our industry-leading dual-degree programs. Our programs give you a clear path from the very beginning to achieve your goals.

Exceeding academic and professional expectations

Quinnipiac offers two types of dual-degree programs that are designed with your goals in mind.

  • Accelerated dual-degree programs are designed to get you out into the professional world and earning sooner, saving you significant time and money.
  • Dual-degree programs offer a more conventional approach, and provide you the peace of mind of a seamless transition from undergraduate to graduate study.

Whichever path you choose, our dual-degree programs will deliver an education that advances on the traditional university learning model. These opportunities are rare in higher education, and Quinnipiac is a national leader in delivering dual-degree programs that are streamlined and economical.

Accelerated Dual-Degree Programs

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Redefining value in higher education

Quinnipiac’s accelerated dual-degree programs are reinventing the way a world-class education is delivered.

These accelerated programs enable you to seamlessly earn your undergraduate and graduate degrees at a significant savings compared to traditional models.

  • Complete your degree sooner, save on tuition costs and enter the workforce at least one year earlier, with a graduate degree
  • Your scholarships are available throughout your master’s degree program
  • No annual tuition increases or course overload fees

The numbers are clear, and the benefits are obvious: the combined value of reduced program costs and average starting salary upon entering the labor market one year early is approximately $100,000.

Accelerated dual-degree programs provide the same strong focus on the universal skills employers value the most — including leadership, critical thinking and creative problem solving. Moreover, their flexible curriculums give you the freedom to shape your experience so that it reflects your unique career goals and interests. You'll do this in part through powerful internships, studying abroad and other immersive learning opportunities.

Accelerated dual-degree programs offered

Program Undergraduate
Time saved
Arts and Sciences: BS in Biochemistry/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology 3 years 1 year 1 year
Arts and Sciences: BS in Biology/MS in Molecular and Cell Biology 3 years 1 year 1 year
Arts and Sciences: BS in Data Science/MBA (3+1) 3 years 1 year 1 year
Arts and Sciences: BS in Data Science/MS or MA in Communications (3+1) 3 years 1 year 1 year
Arts and Sciences: BA in Theater/MBA or MS in Accounting 3 years 1 year 1 year
Arts and Sciences: BA in Theater/MS or MA in Communications 3 years 1 year 1 year
Arts and Sciences: BA or BS/MSW 3 years 2 years 1 year
Business: BS/MBA 3 years 1 year 1 year
Business: BS/MS in Accounting 3 years 1 year 2 years
Communications: BA or BS/MS in Interactive Media and Communications, Journalism, Public Relations or Sports Journalism 3 years 1 year 1 year
Engineering: BA or BS in Computer Science/MS in Cybersecurity 3 years 1 year 1 year
Engineering: BS in Software Engineering/MS in Cybersecurity 3 years 1 year 1 year
Health Sciences: BS in Health Science Studies/MSW 3 years 2 years 1 year
Law: BA or BS/JD 3 years 3 years 1 year

Many of the dual-degree programs allow you to combine several different majors toward your bachelor’s degree. Please ask your admissions counselor for more information.

Admissions Requirements

Accelerated dual-degree programs are designed for high-achieving students. In general, students who may qualify rank in the top 20% of their high school class and have a combined SAT score of 1200 (or ACT of 25). Certain programs may have different requirements; please verify with your admissions counselor.

Phone: 203-582-8600
Email: admissions@qu.edu

Accelerated Dual-Degree Program Experience

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Challenging and uniquely personal

While our accelerated dual-degree programs are intensive, we've also crafted a unique student experience purposefully designed to enhance both the residential and learning components of your program.

Several programs provide you the opportunity of living with your program peers beginning your first day on campus. The relationships and close bonds you'll form are created through exclusive events, unique activities and group study sessions focused on shared academic and professional interests.

Program guidance and academic support is never far away. A dedicated program adviser is available to help you with course selection, assist you with internships and connect you with additional experiential learning opportunities.

In Their Words

Jacqueline Waite '17, MBA '18, reached new heights overseas when she studied abroad in London as part of the BS/MBA dual-degree program.

Jacqueline Waite ’17, MBA ’18

BS in Computer Information Systems/Master of Business Administration (3+1)

Jacqueline Waite ’17, MBA ’18, said that her program’s additional workload helped her develop time-management skills. She also credits her individual courses with connecting her work inside the classroom to real-world scenarios. “In my capstone class, we are building a functioning database and website for a real client,” Waite explained. “Mentioning the different projects I’ve worked on to recruiters has helped me land two internships with Fidelity Investments in Boston.”

Matthew Allen, '19, MS '20, was a Division I athlete on the cross country team.

Matthew Allen '19, MS '20, Division I athlete

BS in Film, Television and Media Arts/MS in Interactive Media (3+1)

“The thing that I like most about this program is that it is a way for me as a student coming out of college to stand out to employers. I believe that coming out of college in four years with a master’s degree will help to show my future employer that I am dedicated and hard working.”

Dual-Degree Programs

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A clear path to success

Our dual-degree programs will enable you to create a seamless plan to complete your undergraduate and graduate studies.

We’ve made the application process simple: When you are accepted into a dual-degree program, you are enrolled in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. This unique approach eliminates the need to find another graduate program, take additional tests for admission or complete a separate admission process.

The academic experience has been well crafted to ensure that your undergraduate and graduate courses are well planned and complementary. The dual-degree programs emphasize the skills employers value — including leadership, critical thinking and creative problem solving. They also reflect our commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration, experiential learning and career development.

Dual-degree programs offered

In their words

Seth Pachman ’16, DPT ’20, takes a break after volunteering in the medical tent at the New York City Marathon.

Seth Pachman ’16, DPT ’20

BS in Athletic Training/Doctor of Physical Therapy

“Quinnipiac not only gave me the psychomotor skills to work in a chaotic environment, but also provided me with the confidence, professionalism and critical thinking tools to succeed,” said Seth Pachman ’16, DPT ’20. He worked on the medical team at the finish line of the New York City Marathon.

Physician assistant Christina Notarino '12, MHS '14, examines her pediatric patient during a well-visit at Children's Medical Group in Hamden, CT.

Christina Notarino '12, MHS '14

BS in Health Sciences/Master of Health Science Physician Assistant

“I chose Quinnipiac due to its outstanding reputation in the medical field. Quinnipiac showed me how hard work and dedication are essential to successfully entering the ‘real world.’ Being able to find a great college and my dream job just 10 miles away from my hometown means everything to me.