Accelerated Program

Accelerated WEST to MBA Program

Course Delivery

On Campus, Online, or Hybrid

Total Credits

120 Credits

In-State Tuition Cost Per Credit


Out of State Tuition Cost Per Credit


About the Accelerated WEST to MBA Program

The Accelerated Master Program (AMP) provides an opportunity for high-achieving students to work concurrently on the Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Ethnic Studies (BA WEST) and Master of Business Administration (MBA). On average, the program takes 5 to 6 years to complete.

Focus of Study

The rationale for this AMP program is based on job market demand for business leaders with deep and comprehensive understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). This market demand includes, but is not limited to a recent attention for Chief Diversity Officers (CDOs), e.g. “Demand for Chief Diversity Officers Is High. So Is Turnover,” WSJ 2020 and “Companies scramble to hire diversity officers, but progress is slow,” LA Times, 2021. The demand for MBA graduates with DEI expertise is reflected in a range of positions, not just CDOs but throughout organizations as diversity directors, diversity program managers, diversity operations managers, etc. The current gap in graduates with this combination of skills and knowledge has been recognized by a few MBA programs nationally who are moving quickly to address this gap by launching DEI tracks. This program allows highly motivated UCCS students to complete and undergraduate degree focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as the MBA degree in 5 to 6 years.

Degree Requirements

To enroll in this program, students must meet with the MBA Program Director and submit an intent form prior to completing courses, which will be applied to the B.A. in WEST to MBA.

Students interested in this program should review the program requirements as well as the advising guide carefully.

Specialization Track Options

Students pursuing the accelerated WEST BA to MBA must complete the following foundational courses. Each of these count toward the BA as well as fulfilling general education requirements:

  • ACCT 2010

  • ACCT 2020

  • QUAN 2010

Program Coursework

General Studies 80 Credit Hours
Core WEST Studies 31 Credit Hours
Specialized Track 9 Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours 120 Credit Hours

Core WEST Studies

Women's and Ethnic Studies:
WEST 1010: Introduction to Social Justice Studies 10 Credit Hours
WEST 3400: Theory and Methods in WEST

WEST Capstone/Summit Experience: 

WEST 4995 (Summit course) AND One 4000-level WEST Capstone-flagged course.

Substantive Area Requirement:

Choose one course from each of the following three Substantive Areas. For a current list of course choices, please refer to the WEST website:

• Transnational/Global Studies

• Creative and Artistic Expression

• Social Movements, Communities and History

9 Credit Hours
Upper Division Electives:
Complete an additional 12 hours of upper-division (3000+ level) WEST courses 12 Credit Hours
Total Core Studies Requirements: 31 Credit Hours