The Accelerated Business Degree (ABD) program offers a majority of the required courses for an Associate of Science in Business, transfer degree in a fast-track format offering blended classroom and online courses. Students move through the program as a cohort group, completing two or three courses in each 10 week session. The ABD program is designed for students committed to completing the program with their cohort group. The traditional Associate of Science in Business degree is offered primarily in 15 week semesters and a full-time student can complete it in two years.
The A.S. in Business is designed to transfer to business schools at four-year institutions within the Utah System of Higher Education. The degree satisfies the lower division general education requirements for a Baccalaureate degree at Utah's public colleges and universities as well as BYU and Westminster College. It also includes the business courses that are prerequisite to applying to four-year bachelor degrees in Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Business Administration, Information Systems, Management and more. Ongoing transfer planning is essential as requirements at four-year colleges and universities are subject to change. Transfer advising can be obtained through the accelerated and traditional program Academic Advisors.
The program hosts between 25-30 students in each cohort.
Upon acceptance into the program, students receive an email or letter which outlines the program with important registration and class dates. Students are encouraged to work with an Academic Advisor throughout the program to ensure all requirements are met for the Associate of Science in Business degree.
We anticipate a new cohort to begin each Spring semester. Each cohort will finish the program in 14 months. Because schedules for the cohort are established, students must remain in the cohort through completion of the program.
We have integrated most general education classes into the accelerated program. However, four additional general education classes are required outside the ABD cohort to earn the Associate of Science in Business degree. Consult with an Academic Advisor about options to complete Biology, Fine Arts, Physical Science and Lifelong Wellness general education courses. They may be available online.
Students in the program will receive an email which outlines the program with important registration information and payment deadlines. Generally payments will be due before the first day of class. Failure to pay for the classes may result in being dropped from the program. Prior to the start of each block students will be given instructions for registration and payment of tuition.
The Accelerated Business Degree is eligible for financial aid. However, there are a few items students should be aware of:
- Students must register for all of the classes that fall within the traditional semester schedule at the same time for financial aid to fund appropriately.
- If students use all their financial aid during fall and spring semesters, there will be no funding guaranteed for the summer term. Students may apply for State grants; however, the grants are normally awarded on a first come-first served basis (based on eligibility) and are limited to no more than $1,000.
- Grades and completion rates play a part in successive semester financial aid awards. Low grades may impact the following semester's financial aid. SLCC must determine a student's eligibility based on satisfactory progress requirements (70% completion rate and 2.00 GPA) prior to releasing funds.
Please contact the ABD Program Coordinator to submit an application and to be placed on the list for an upcoming cohort.
Drop dates for a full refund are two weeks after the 10 week block begins. There is a $50 ABD program fee each semester and the fee is non-refundable once classes have started.
Tuition and fees are the standard SLCC rates and based on the total number of credit hours enrolled each semester. There is a $50 program fee applied each semester.