Catherine Winslow (Col ’12, Educ ’12), top, and Arthur Pelham-Webb (Col ’12, Com ’12), above, are current students completing bachelor’s and master’s degrees in four years.

First-year students who arrive at UVA with 15 advanced placement or International Baccalaureate credits and clear career plans can take advantage of the 3+1 program, which allows them to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in four years.

“The University has been a leader in creating accelerated programs to help students take advantage of a strong liberal arts education and pursue their professional goals,” says President Teresa A. Sullivan. The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy offers a 3+1 option. The McIntire School of Commerce and the Curry School of Education both offer one-year master’s programs that are well suited to a fast-track program.

Undergraduate advisers can help students plan their course of study to graduate with two degrees in four years. First piece of advice: Start early.