Accelerated programs and partnerships at Westminster University allow you to build on a liberal arts education by gaining faster acceptance into select professional or graduate degrees, whether you study here or at another institution.
The Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is for students who want to go beyond teaching and become highly qualified, sought-after, and impactful teachers. The accelerated program can be completed in 3-4 semesters, allowing students to obtain a bachelor’s and a graduate teaching degree in about 5 years. Learn from faculty who have spent years in the classroom and gain hands-on skills in a student-teaching environment, you’ll begin your career a step ahead of the competition.
The Master of Arts in Teaching is for students who already have earned a bachelor’s degree and want to teach at an elementary (grades K-6) or secondary (grades 7-12) level. Students can also pursue additional training through the Arts Endorsement Extension (K-6).
The Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching program is open to graduates of Westminster University who complete EDUC 302 Foundations of Education in a Diverse Society and EDUC 312 Specialized Education Services as undergraduates. Completing these requirements early reduces their course load for the Master of Arts in Teaching program.
The Westminster Master of Arts in Teaching program prepares graduates to teach all students using effective, differentiated teaching strategies. Graduates will know how to design curriculum that connects to the knowledge and skills of students and their families. Once Master of Arts in Teaching students complete their courses, they undertake a full-time student teaching experience for 12 weeks.
Upon completing a Master of Arts in Teaching, students also have the option of completing an MEd, with possible areas of focus in Trauma, Resilience, and Restorative Justice, Adult Learning, or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement. Students may also create a customized track by customizing a combination of classes from the Master of Education program and related disciplines.
Students typically complete the Master of Arts in Teaching in 3-4 semesters, allowing them to obtain a bachelor’s and a graduate teaching degree in about 5 years total. Completing the Accelerated Master of Arts in Teaching program reduces students’ course load in the graduate program, making it easier to balance coursework and student teaching.
The Master of Arts in Teaching program prepares students for licensure in Elementary (K-6) or Secondary (7-12) education. Recommendation for licensure is made upon successful completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree requirements. Students in the program study learners and their development, effective curriculum and assessment, classroom management, reflective teaching practice, and the cultural and social context of education.
The Master of Arts in Teaching program is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).
The Accelerated Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program at Westminster University fits into the lives of busy working professionals through a fifth-year, full-time evening program that can be completed in less than a year. The program prepares students for the CPA exam and a successful, professional career in accounting as they apply their knowledge through Westminster’s focus on hands-on learning and benefit from personal attention in small classes, visits to government and business offices, and interactions with visiting professionals.
The Master of Accountancy program is designed as a fifth-year, full-time evening program to satisfy the requirements for CPA licensure. We encourage our students to hold daytime jobs in accounting while attending classes in the evening. Students who decide to work on their CPA exam sections during the program could be licensed shortly after graduation.
Courses in Westminster’s Accelerated Master of Accountancy program are scheduled to fit into the lives of busy working professionals, taking place either on a limited number of weeknights or online. Students apply their knowledge through Westminster’s focus on hands-on learning and benefit from personal attention in small classes, visits to government and business offices, and interactions with visiting professionals.
Accelerated Master of Accountancy classes are structured to be completed as little as a fall, spring, and summer semester. However, we offer flexibility for students that need a longer path. Early entrants have a reduced course load, making it easier for them to balance school and work.
Accelerated Master of Accountancy graduates generally pursue a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license after completing the CPA Exam. Westminster's Master of Accountancy courses integrate CPA Exam simulations with textbook material, experiential learning, and research projects. Students are encouraged to sit for and pass 1 section of the CPA Exam at the conclusion of each block. To become licensed as a CPA in Utah, students must apply with the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
In addition to mastering accounting skills, our students focus on developing written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Each of our students has the opportunity to watch and evaluate their performance in communication exercises.
The Accelerated Master of Accountancy program is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business is in the process of acquiring accreditation from Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
With an Accelerated Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, students will master theory and practice with an education that’s complemented by real-world learning experiences in a single calendar year (fall, spring, and summer semesters). At Westminster, faculty invest in your success with teaching that’s focused on one-on-one discussions, hands-on coursework, and personal mentoring. The Master of Public Health can also be easily integrated with an undergraduate public health major so that students can earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s in public health in 5 years.
The Master of Public Health attracts individuals who want to serve as leaders in promoting and protecting public health and safety through education, service, and the application of evidence-based science.
The Accelerated Master of Public Health program embraces the core values of Westminster University: impassioned teaching and active learning, respect for diverse people and perspectives, collaboration and teamwork, personal and social responsibility, university-wide excellence, and high ethical standards.
The program also offers a Master of Public Health degree with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health (Cert.PH) that is taught in a format adapted to working professionals.
Because the Accelerated Master of Public Health program is designed to be completed in 1 calendar year (fall, spring, and summer semesters), it can be easily integrated with an undergraduate public health major so that students can earn both a bachelor’s and a master’s in public health in 5 years.
Master of Public Health students receive formal training in the core concepts of public health: analysis and assessment, policy development and program planning, communication, cultural competency, community dimensions of practice, basic public health science, financial planning and management, and leadership and systems-thinking. This comprehensive education prepares practitioners to meet the diverse challenges of public health locally, nationally, and globally.
The Master of Public Health program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
The Accelerated Project-Based MBA program is specifically designed for students who complete the Project-Based BBA program and require greater flexibility in course scheduling and program design. The program offers demonstrated learning through real-world business application projects instead of traditional courses. Students are individually coached by full-time faculty members with real world business experience and academic qualifications to help students develop increased professional abilities and mastery of critical business competencies.
Students who complete the Project-Based BBA program are pre-admitted to the Project-Based Master of Business Administration (PMBA) program offered by the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business.
Students can complete the Accelerated PMBA program in 4-5 semesters (20 months) and 30 semester credits. Please contact the Program Director for further information.
Students in the Accelerated Project-Based MBA program will master the following program goals and related competencies:
- Communication. Effectively communicate business concepts and analysis orally and in writing to organizational stakeholders.
- Ethics and social responsibility. Evaluate various ethical perspectives and use an ethical and legal framework for decision-making and social responsibility.
- Critical, analytical and reflective thinking. Analyze and solve complex managerial and organizational problems incorporating reflective thinking on the implications of the outcomes of those decisions.
- Leadership and teamwork. Lead and influence individuals and teams to achieve organizational objectives.
- Organizational performance. Analyze and use accounting, financial, and operational information to measure and influence organizational performance.
- Understanding markets. Identify and evaluate markets for the organization’s goods and services, articulate and influence the activities that make up the value chain for those goods and services, and use appropriate methodologies for ensuring product/service quality and speed to market.
- Strategic and global thinking. Design a strategic planning process, formulate a strategy, and implement a strategy to achieve sustainable competitive advantage for a firm.
Westminster students interested in law can combine their education at a small liberal arts university with a graduate degree at a top-ranked law school. Westminster offers qualifying students an Early Assurance Program for admission to the Colleges of Law at the University of Utah and the University of Arizona.
Students can apply after their junior year and must meet GPA, LSAT, and other criteria to be admitted, with the benefit of early notification and early consideration for financial aid. These colleges know Westminster’s passionate students will be prepared to study law because of the well-rounded approach to reading, writing, research, and critical thinking.
If you’re interested in the Early Assurance Program, contact Westminster pre-law advisor Kara Barnette (email@example.com) for more information.
Westminster students wanting to pursue a career in chiropractic medicine can be considered for priority admission to Life Chiropractic College West after their third year to complete a Doctor of Chiropractic degree. Priority applicants are guaranteed an interview with the LCCW admissions panel but must still meet LCCW admissions criteria to be admitted. To be considered as priority applicants, students must have at least completed 92 credit hours, including a customized major in kinesiology, and received at least a C in their prerequisite courses. Students interested in pursuing a customized major in kinesiology should contact Julie Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org) in their first year.
After completing their first year at LCCW, students can receive a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Westminster if they have not already completed their Westminster degree. Completion of the Doctor of Chiropractic degree will require 3 years of study at LCCW, allowing participants to complete both their Bachelor’s of Science and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees in 6 years.
Students who would like to pursue a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at LCCW but do not meet the requirements for priority applicants can still apply through LCCW’s regular admissions process.
LCCW is accredited by the Council on Chiropractic Education and the WASC Senior College and University Commission.