Three Years Scenarios

Accelerated Degrees Savings Scenarios

Completing an undergraduate degree at Messiah requires between 123-128 credits, depending on your specific major. Combining the "three ways to three years" strategies creates a variety of sample scenarios for early graduation, see below for a few (but not exhaustive list of) examples:

Three-year Degree Example #1

  • Earned alternative credit: (12)
  • 18 credits per semester for six semesters: (108)
  • Messiah Online summer session (one course x 3 credits): (3)
  • Total: (123) credits needed for graduation

Approximate savings of $37,375*



Three-year Degree Example #2

  • Earned alternative credit: (8)
  • 18 credits for four semesters and 16 credits for two semesters : (104)
  • Messiah online summer session (four courses x three credits each): (12)
  • Total : (124) credits needed for graduation

Approximate savings of $33,730*



3½ Year (Seven Semester) Degree Example #1

  • Earned alternative credit: (0)
  • 18 credits per semester for seven semesters: (126)
  • Messiah online summer session credits: (0)
  • Total : (126) credits needed for graduation

Approximate savings of $19,295*



3½ Year (Seven Semester) Degree Example #2

  • Earned alternative credit: (0)
  • 18 credits per semester for five semesters and 16 credits for two semesters: (122)
  • Messiah online summer session (one course x three credits): (3)
  • Total: (125) credits needed for graduation

Approximate savings of $18,080*


*Savings estimated based on 2010-2011 "sticker price" for standard academic year tuition and summer online course tuition, student fees, average room/board costs, and estimates for textbook, travel, and other personal expenses. These savings estimates do not reflect the adjustments that would need to be made to reflect the specific financial aid circumstances of individual students.