On Sept. 1, the Church Educational System announced that BYU-Pathway Worldwide, BYU-Idaho Online Learning and Ensign College will offer three-year degrees, beginning in April 2024.
The new program will allow online students to pursue 90-96 credit bachelor’s degrees, instead of the traditional 120 credits required to obtain a bachelor’s degree. The program eliminates elective courses but requires students to pursue all required major and general education courses.
The goal of Church-sponsored institutions is to make higher education more accessible to a worldwide audience. This new program will allow online students to save time and money.
“Our students balance many responsibilities and sacrifice a lot to earn an education,” said Brian K. Ashton, president of Pathway, on the college’s website. “These three-year degrees will help them graduate faster while fully preparing them to get a better job.”
The three-year degrees are only available for students enrolled in online programs at BYU-I and Ensign through Pathway. The 90-96 credit degrees are offered in the fields of business, communication, health, technology, family services and professional studies.