Florida Polytechnic University students will be able to earn their STEM bachelor’s degree and then a master’s in business from Florida Southern College in five years, thanks to a new partnership between the two institutions.

The partnership is an expansion of FSC’s 4+1 MBA program, previously open solely to FSC students. 

“I think it would be a cost-effective way to get an MBA,” said Alyson “Aly” Akers, a Florida Poly sophomore studying computer science. “It’s a really good school … and you don’t have to go through another process of getting accepted.”

Upon acceptance to the program, Florida Poly juniors can complete nine credits at Florida Southern before finishing their bachelor’s degree. They can then complete their MBA in one year at Florida Southern. The program includes direct admission.

The timeframe and opportunity to distinguish herself in the workforce appeals to Akers. “I will definitely be considering it in the next year [to] year and a half when I start to get closer to my junior [and] senior year.”

“It will give our students a remarkable opportunity to earn two degrees from two nationally ranked institutions in a very short amount of time,” Randy K. Avent, president of Florida Poly, said about the program. “The combination of a Florida Poly STEM degree and a Florida Southern MBA will elevate these students’ career trajectories and open the door for limitless possibilities.”

Read the full joint news release from FSC and Florida Poly

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Jason is an intern from Florida Polytechnic University.

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