Accelerated Programs and Partnerships
Accelerated pathways at Westminster allow you to build on a liberal arts education by gaining faster acceptance into select professional or graduate degrees, whether at Westminster or another institution.
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 to teach special education. The program combines classroom instruction and extensive experience in diverse K–12 classrooms.
The Accelerated MAT program is open to graduates of Westminster College 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 MAT program.
The Westminster MAT 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 MAT students complete their courses, they undertake a full-time student teaching experience for 12 weeks (16 weeks if seeking an endorsement in special education).
Upon completing an MAT, students also have the option completing an MEd, with possible areas of focus in Trauma, Resilience, and Restorative Justice Emphasis or a Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Endorsement
Students typically complete the MAT in one calendar year (summer, fall, and spring semesters, starting in either the summer or the fall), allowing them to obtain a bachelor’s and a graduate teaching degree in five years total. Completing the accelerated MAT reduces students’ course load in the graduate program, making it easier to balance course work and student teaching.
The MAT program prepares students for licensure in Elementary (K-6) or Secondary (6-12) education, with additional licensure available for Special Education. Recommendation for licensure is made upon successful completion of the MAT 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 MAT program is accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).
The Master of Accountancy program prepares students for a successful, professional career in accounting and, additionally, for the CPA Exam. The program positions students for the fast track to leadership roles in either public accounting or corporate environments.
The Accelerated MAcc program is open to graduates of Westminster College who complete X and Y as undergraduates. Completing these requirements early reduces their course load for the MAcc program.
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 and will offer assistance in locating students in local CPA firms. Students who follow our program should be fully licensed as CPAs within 12 months of finishing their undergraduate accounting degree.
Courses in Westminster’s MAcc 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.
MAcc classes are structured to be completed in under a year. MAcc Early Entrants have a reduced course load, making it easier for them to balance school and work.
MAcc graduates generally pursue a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) license after completing the CPA Exam. Our MAcc courses integrate CPA Exam simulations with textbook material, experiential learning, and research projects. MAcc students are encouraged to sit for and pass one 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 MAcc 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).
The Master of Public Health attracts invdividuals 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 MPH embraces the core values of Westminster College: impassioned teaching and active learning, respect for diverse people and perspectives, collaboration and teamwork, personal and social responsibility, college-wide excellence, and high ethical standards.
The program also offers a MPH degree with a Graduate Certificate in Public Health (Cert.PH) that is taught in a format adapted to working professionals. The MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health.
Since the MPH program is designed to be completed in one 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 five years.
MPH 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 MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).
Westminster students interested in law can combine education at a small liberal arts college with a graduate degree at a top-ranked law school. Westminster offers an Early Assurance Program for admission to the Colleges of Law at the University of Utah and the University of Arizona, which know Westminster students will be well-prepared. Interested students should contact Westminster pre-law advisor Kara Barnette, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, email@example.com, 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 three years of study at LCCW, allowing participants to complete both their Bachelor’s of Science and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees in six 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.