Accelerated Business Plus Programs

Accelerated Business Plus Programs

Franklin Pierce offers motivated students the opportunity to complete their undergraduate business degrees in just three years and graduate degree in one year. Students completing their undergraduate degrees through the Business Plus Program enter the job market earlier or can choose to go on and earn a graduate degree in their fourth year at Pierce.


Several accelerated options are available to new and continuing students who have a record of strong academic achievement and a desire to advance their education. Personalized schedules are available to student athletes and those with work or volunteer commitments so students can take advantage of all that Franklin Pierce has to offer. The following options are available:

3-year Accelerated Business Degree Program

Complete your undergraduate program in three years.

3 + 1 Program

Complete your undergraduate business program in three years and be automatically accepted into the graduate business program of your choice.

4 + 1 Program

Complete your undergraduate business program in four years and be automatically accepted in the graduate business program of your choice.

5 + 1 Program

Complete your undergraduate business program in four years and be automatically accepted in the graduate business program of your choice.

+ 1 Program

Complete the graduate business program of your choice in one year.

Applying to the Business Plus Programs

Current students are eligible to apply to the Business   Program of choice if they have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or more.

Business Plus Program Requirements

To be eligible for a bachelor’s degree and/or a master’s degree, students must fulfill the requirements of the respective program. In addition, the following are the program requirements for students admitted into the 3+1 or 4+1 programs:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0. This higher CGPA benchmark is required because of the guaranteed admission to the graduate program. 
    In the event that students do not meet the CGPA minimum requirement, they may complete the standard application and admissions portfolio for the graduate degree which would then be assessed as any other graduate application.
  • Complete an experiential learning component. This requirement may be fulfilled via internships, or participation in the Small Business Advisory Group (SBAG), or other intentional learning situations that are supervised. The experiential learning component must be approved by the Academic Advisor.
  • Work closely with the Business Program Faculty to ensure they stay on track throughout their course of study. Students must meet with their Academic Advisor (either in person or through email) at least two times per semester (at mid-term and at the end of the semester).
  • The mid-term meeting will provide early warning signs of issues students may be encountering. The end-of-the semester meeting will be designed to ensure students have registered for classes based on their + education plan and continue to be on track to complete the degree in the desired time frame.

Business Plus students are eligible to take up to two graduate classes and have them count towards their general electives in the undergraduate program and for graduate credit in the graduate program. Students may choose from the following courses:

  • GM510 Seminar in Leadership
  • GM520 Legal and Ethical Issues
  • GM540 Organizational Behavior

Business Plus students whose CGPA falls below a 3.0 will be placed on Program Probation (Warning) and will receive notification from their program advisor indicating they have one semester to improve on their CGPA. 

Students who at the end of the following semester are unable to raise their CGPA to at least 3.0, will step out of the Business Plus Program and will be encouraged to pursue their degree requirements as traditional students. Traditional students who are planning to enroll in an M.B.A. program must complete undergraduate work with a minimum CGPA of 2.8.


Recommended Curriculum Guide
3 Plus 1 Accelerated Accounting Program - Accounting Track

 

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

AC101

Principles of Accounting I

3

AC102

Principles of Accounting II

3

CIT140

Electronic Spreadsheets

3

ET102

Principles of Microeconomics

3

ET101

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE101

First-Year Inquiry Seminar

3

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Elective

3

MK201

Principles of Marketing

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

Total

18

 

Total

18

First Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

Total

3

 

Total

3

Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

BA213

Business Law I

3

AC214

Intermediate Accounting II

3

FM224

Principles of Financial Management

3

MN321

Organizational Behavior

3

AC213

Intermediate Accounting I

3

MT260

Statistics

3

MN201

Principles of Management

3

IB364

International Business

3

______

GLE Lab Science I

4

______

GLE Lab Science II

4

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

 

Total

19

 

Total

19



Second Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

AC390 or AC395 or AC495

Internship in Accounting or Advanced Internship in Accounting or Senior Independent Research Project

3

______

Elective

3

 

Total

3

 

Total

3


Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

AC314

Cost Accounting

3

AC354

Individual Income Tax

3

AC474

Advanced Accounting I

3

GM520

Legal and Ethical Issues – Grad Term 3 (taken as Elective)

3

GM510

Seminar in Leadership – Grad Term 1 (taken as Elective)

3

BA471

Business Strategy and Ethics

3

______

GLE Course

3

AC323

Auditing

3

______

Elective

3

AC____

Accounting Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

1

 

Total

18

 

Total

16

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

120

Recommended Curriculum Guide
3 Plus 1 Accelerated Accounting Program - Finance Track

 

 

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

AC101

Principles of Accounting I

3

AC102

Principles of Accounting II

3

CIT140 

Electronic Spreadsheets

3

ET102

Principles of Microeconomics

3

ET101

Principles of Macroeconomics

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE101

First-Year Inquiry Seminar

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Elective

3

MK201

Principles of Marketing

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

Total

18

 

Total

18

First Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

Total

3

 

Total

3

Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

BA213

Business Law I

3

FM257

Real Estate Investments

3

FM224

Principles of Financial Management

3

MN321

Organizational Behavior

3

ET223

Money & Banking

3

MT260

Statistics

3

MN201

Principles of Management

3

IB364

International Business

3

______

GLE Lab Science I

4

______

GLE Lab Science II

4

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

 

Total

19

 

Total

19


Second Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

FM390

Internship in Finance or

3

______

Elective

3

FM395

Advanced Internship in Finance or

 

 

 

 

FM495

Senior Independent Research Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

 

3

 

 

Total

3


Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

FM311

Managerial Finance

3

FM454

Problems in Finance

3

GM510

Seminar in Leadership – Grad Term 1 (taken as Elective)

3

GM520

Legal and Ethical Issues – Grad Term 3 (taken as Elective)

3

______

GLE Elective

3

BA471

Business Strategy and Ethics

3

______

Elective

3

FM423

Investment Analysis

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

1

 

 Total

18 

 

Total

16

 

 

 

 

Total Credits:

120

             

 

Recommended Curriculum Guide
3 Plus 1 Accelerated Accounting Program - Forensic Accounting Track

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

AC101

Principles of Accounting I

3

AC102

Principles of Accounting II

3

ET101

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

ET102

Principles of Microeconomics

3

GLE101

First-Year Inquiry Seminar

3

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

MT260

Statistics

3

MK201

Principles of Marketing

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

Total

18

 

Total

18

First Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

Total

3

 

Total

3

Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

CIT140

Electronic Spreadsheets

3

AC214

Intermediate Accounting II

3

AC213

Intermediate Accounting I

3

BA213

Business Law

3

FM224

Principles of Financial Management

3

MN321

Organizational Behavior

3

MN201

Principles of Management

3

IB364

International Business

3

______

GLE Lab Science I

4

______

GLE Lab Science II

4

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

 

Total

19

 

Total

19

 

Second Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

AC390 or AC395 or AC495

Internship in Accounting or Advanced Internship in Accounting or Senior Independent Research Project

3

______

Elective

3

 

Total

3

 

Total

3

 

Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

AC312

Forensic Accounting & Fraud Examination

3

AC323

Auditing

3

CJ301

Criminal Investigation & Evidence

3

AC345

Analysis of Financial Statements

3

GM510

Seminar in Leadership – Grad Term 1 (taken as Elective)

3

GM520

Legal & Ethical Issues – Grad Term 3 (taken as an elective)

3

CIT274

Computer Forensics & Security

3

CJ420

White Collar Crime

3

______

GLE Elective

3

BA471

Business Strategy & Ethics

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

1

 

Total

18

 

Total

16

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

120

 

Recommended Curriculum Guide
3 Plus 1 Accelerated Healthcare Administration Program

 

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

AC101

Principles of Accounting I

3

AC102

Principles of Accounting II

3

CIT140

Electronic Spreadsheets

3

ET102

Principles of Microeconomics

3

ET101

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

______

Elective

3

GLE101

First-Year Inquiry Seminar

3

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Elective

3

HCA201

Intro to Healthcare Administration

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

Total

18

 

Total

18

First Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

______

GLE Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

Total

3

 

Total

3

Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

BA213

Business Law I

3

IB364

International Business

3

FM224

Principles of Financial Management

3

MN321

Organizational Behavior

3

HCA350

Healthcare Systems Mgmt & Quality

3

MT260

Statistics

3

MN201

Principles of Management

3

______

Elective

3

EMSP302

Health Informatics

3

HCA340

Healthcare Finance

3

______

GLE Lab Science I

4

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

 

Total

19

 

Total

18

 

Second Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

HCA390 or HCA 495 or

Internship in Healthcare Admin. or or Senior Independent Research Project

3

HCA360

Healthcare Ethics, Policy & Law

3

 

Total

3

 

Total

3

 

Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

HCA315

Epidemiology

3

HCA450

Leadership & Mgmt in Healthcare Orgs

3

GM510

Seminar in Leadership – Grad Term 1 (taken as Elective)

3

GM520

Legal and Ethical Issues – Grad Term 3 (taken as Elective)

3

______

GLE Elective

3

BA471

Business Strategy and Ethics

3

______

Elective

3

______

GLE Lab Science II

4

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

1

 

Total

18

 

Total

17

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

120

 

Recommended Curriculum Guide
3 Plus 1 Accelerated Management Program

 

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

 

AC101

Principles of Accounting I

3

AC102

Principles of Accounting II

3

 

CIT140 

Electronic Spreadsheets

3

ET102

Principles of Microeconomics

3

 

ET101

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

GLE101

First-Year Inquiry Seminar

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

MN201

Principles of Management

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

 

Total

18

 

Total

18

 

First Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

 

______

GLE Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

 

Total

3

 

Total

3

 


Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

 

BA213

Business Law I

3

MN314

Human Resources Management

3

 

FM224

Principles of Financial Management

3

MN321

Organizational Behavior

3

 

MT260

Statistics

3

MN360

Communication Skills for Managers

3

 

MK201

Principles of Marketing

3

______

GLE Lab Science II

4

 

______

GLE Lab Science I

4

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

 

______

GLE Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

 

Total

19

 

Total

19

 

Second Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

 

MN390

Internship in Management or

3

______

Business 300/400 Elective

3

 

MN395

Advanced Internship in Management or

 

 

 

 

 

MN495

Senior Independent Research Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total

3

 

Total

3

 


Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

 

MN365

Production and Operations Mgt.

3

MN426

Government and Business

3

 

GM510

Seminar in Leadership – Grad Term 1 (taken as Elective)

3

GM520

Legal and Ethical Issues – Grad Term 3 (taken as Elective)

3

 

FM311

Financial Management

3

BA471

Business Strategy and Ethics

3

 

MN371

Entrepreneurship

3

IB364

International Business

3

 

______

Business 300/400 Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

1

 

 

Total

18

 

Total

16

 

 

 

 

 

Total Credits:

120

 

 

Recommended Curriculum Guide
3 Plus 1 Accelerated Marketing Program

 

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

 

AC101

Principles of Accounting I

3

AC102

Principles of Accounting II

3

CIT140 

Electronic Spreadsheets

ET102

Principles of Microeconomics

3

ET101

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE101

First-Year Inquiry Seminar

3

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Elective

3

MK201

Principles of Marketing

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

Total

18

 

Total

18

First Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

3

 

Total

3

 

Total

3



Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

BA213

Business Law I

3

IB364

International Business

3

FM224

Principles of Financial Management

3

MN321

Organizational Behavior

3

MK214

Consumer Behavior

3

MT260

Statistics

3

MN201

Principles of Management

3

______

GLE Lab Science II

4

______

GLE Lab Science I

4

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Elective

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

Total

19

 

Total

19

Second Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

MK390

Internship in Marketing or

3

______

Elective

3

MK395

Advanced Internship in Marketing or

 

 

 

 

MK495

Senior Independent Research Project

 

 

 

 

 

Total

3

 

Total

3


Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

MK333

Marketing Research

3

MK350

E-commerce

3

GM510

Seminar in Leadership – Grad Term 1 (taken as Elective)

3

GM520

Legal and Ethical Issues – Grad Term 3 (taken as Elective)

3

______

GLE Elective

3

BA471

Business Strategy and Ethics

3

______

Marketing Elective

3

MK474

Marketing Mgt. for Green Economy

3

______

Marketing Elective

3

______

Marketing Elective

3

______

Marketing Elective

3

______

Elective

1

 

Total

18

 

Total

16

 

 

 

 

Total Credits:

120

 

Recommended Curriculum Guide
3 Plus 1 Accelerated Sports & Recreation Management Program

First Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

AC101

Principles of Accounting I

3

AC102

Principles of Accounting II

3

CIT140

Electronic Spreadsheets

3

ET102

Principles of Microeconomics

3

ET101

Principles of Macroeconomics

3

MN201

Principles of Management

3

GLE101

First-Year Inquiry Seminar

3

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE110

First-Year Composition

3

______

GLE Elective

3

SR100

Foundations of Sports & Recreation

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

Total

18

 

Total

18

First Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

MT260

Statistics

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

Total

3

 

Total

3

Second Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

BA213

Business Law I

3

SR243

Programming in Sports & Recreation Management

3

FM224

Principles of Financial Management

3

SR419

Law & Liability in Sports and Recreation Management

3

MK201

Principles of Marketing

3

IB364

International Business

3

SR202

Principles of Sports & Recreation Management

3

______

SR Elective

3

______

GLE Lab Science I

4

______

GLE Lab Science II

4

______

GLE Elective

3

GLE230

Second-Year Composition

3

 

Total

19

 

Total

19

 

Second Summer

Summer 1

Credits

Summer 2

Credits

SR390 or SR395 or SR495

Internship in Sports & Recreation Mgmt or Advanced Internship in Sports & Recreation Mgmt or Senior Independent Research Project

3

______

Elective

3

 

Total

3

 

Total

3

 

Third Year

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

SR368

Sports & Recreation Facilities Mgmt

3

SR420

Trends & Issues in Sports & Recreation Mgmt

3

MN321

Organizational Behavior

3

GM520

Legal and Ethical Issues – Grad Term 3 (taken as Elective)

3

GM510

Seminar in Leadership – Grad Term 1 (taken as Elective)

3

BA471

Business Strategy and Ethics

3

______

GLE Elective

3

 

SR Elective

3

______

SR Elective

3

_____

GLE Elective

3

______

Elective

3

______

Elective

1

 

Total

18

 

Total

16

 

 

 

 

Total Credits

120