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Can you get your honors degree early?

Ive been really thinking about what I want to do in terms of careers and post-secondary education and Ive decided that I would like to get my Phd in psychology. The problem that arises is that I don't wanna spend ten years in university. So, I wanted to know if there is anyway to fast- track my honors degree to get it in less than four years. Thanks for your help.

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Noah’s Answer

I'm in a very similar situation and I can tell you a bit about what i'm doing.

Technically, yes. You can get your honors degree and graduate early if you meet the graduation requirements and coordinate this with your school counselor, parents and usually the principal or superintendent. That's for high school. For college, you don't have to worry about the principal/dean, parents or anyone else (you should still talk to the counselor). All you have to do is meet the graduation requirements for your chosen program. Some bachelor's are designed to be accelerated usually 2-3 years but they are rare. If you are still in high school, i suggest taking as many college credits as you can (whether that be ap, dual enrollment, whatever).

If you're already in college then you can still graduate early, don't worry. I highly recommend a few tools if you're looking to save time and money in regards to your college education.

1. CLEP (College Level Examination Program): Thousands of universities accept these credits and they are essentially like ap tests without you having to take the class itself. Just review some study material and the syllabus, take a practice test and then take the real one to earn your credit.
2. Sophia: These are more formalized and have mini quizzes & activities in-between. These are only accepted by a few hundred universities that they have partnered with.

These two competency-based college credit sources can be used to fulfill your gen-eds as well as some prerequisite classes. Depending on what college you choose, you could save thousands of dollars and 1-2 years off of your bachelors. Some have even done it in a single year.

I can provide some more info on how you can graduate faster if you'd like so lemme know and I hope I was able to help!
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Nancy’s Answer

Zavier,

For one thing, you could study in the summer to earn credits toward your undergraduate degree faster. Another option is to consider a PSY. D. degree, a doctorate in psychology, without having to spend a year or two after graduate coursework on research and a dissertation for a Ph.D. Check on licensing rules for psychologists in your province to be certain. Some provinces allow for practice with a master's degree in psychology.

Nancy recommends the following next steps:

Explore differences between a Ph.D., a Psy. D., and Master's in psychology degrees
Thank you comment icon Ive looked into it and it seems the Ontario collage of psychologist dont accept a Psy. D, besides, there is only one university in Canada that gives out that type of degree . Zavier
Thank you comment icon Good job! Then consider a master's level degree to do therapy if you don't want to go to school for 8 plus years. A Ph.D. is lengthy. I did psychotherapy in the US with a master's in counseling. Nancy Hamp
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