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ADVANCE Accelerated Business Management (BS)

ADVANCE students at D'Youville College

The ADVANCE accelerated degree completion program offers working adults a flexible and affordable opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree in as few as 18 months.

Overview & Distinctions


If you’re a busy adult who has been interested in completing your bachelor’s degree but thought that you just didn’t have the time, qualifications, or resources, our ADVANCE degree completion program might be just what you’ve been looking for.

We usually give credit for most college classes you may have taken in the past and will apply both CLEP and challenge programs towards your degree. Courses are typically held one night per week in the evenings for five weeks, making it easy for just about anyone to fit academic work into their busy schedule.

And the program is affordable, too: we offer ADVANCE students a tuition discount along with a wide range of financial aid options from scholarships to grants.

Why Choose D'Youville?

  • Courses meet one night a week for 5 weeks.
  • Finish your degree in 18-24 months.
  • Get credit for previous college experience.
  • Visit our Equivalency Guide to learn what credits may transfer.
  • Discounted tuition rates and financial aid available.
  • Year-round admission.
  • Start almost any time.
  • Convenient location near downtown Buffalo.


Admission Requirements

First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville College as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria: 
High School Average SAT (or) ACT
80  980  19
⁺Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median 
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23
*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville College as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.


Course requirements

Module Course # Course Name Credits
Module 1 MGT 389V Special Topics: Adult Development and Management 3
Module 2 MGT 305V Principles of Management 3
Module 3 MGT 304V Communicating in Organizations 3
Module 4 HRM 309V Human Resources Management 3
Module 5 MGT 401V Organizational Behavior 3
Module 6 ECO 207V Business Statistics 3
Module 7 ACC 211V Accounting I 3
Module 8 ACC 212V Accounting II 3
Module 9 MGT 315V Financial Management 3
Module 10 MKT 304V Principles of Marketing 3
Module 11 MGT 318V Information and Communication Technology Management 3
Module 12 MGT 411V International Business 3
Module 13 MGT 407V Quantitative Management Decision Making 3
Module 14 MGT 412V Management Strategy and Policy 3
Module 15 MGT 444V Internship/Action Research Project 3
Six additional business courses:
Course # Course Name Credits
ECO 201 Principles of Economics - MACRO 3
ECO 202 Principles of Economics - MICRO 3
LAW 303 Business Law I 3
MGT 316 Personal Computers & E-Commerce for Managers 3
MGT Two MGT courses at the 300-400 level 6



Financial Aid

How much will it cost to complete my degree in the ADVANCE program?

While the final answer depends on a number of factors, all students in the ADVANCE program receive specially discounted tuition, making our program surprisingly affordable for most adult learners. Please see the Tuition and Fees page for current amounts.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial aid is available from the typical sources used to finance an undergraduate education, including Stafford Loans, the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP), and PELL grants. Please contact our Financial Aid Office for more details.

I’m a veteran. Do you accept VA payments?

Absolutely. We have a VA counselor who will help you through the process and who will be able to review your records and tell you whether or not you’ll be able to receive college credits for your previous military experience. Please contact the D’Youville Veterans Affairs Office to learn more.

Will you accept my company’s tuition reimbursement?

It’s very likely that we will. D’Youville works closely with a wide variety of tuition reimbursement plans. Please contact us and submit a copy of your company’s policy for our review.

Receiving Course Credits

I went to school a long time ago. Will my credits transfer in to the ADVANCE program?

Unlike many institutions, we do not place age restrictions on your old credits. If you received a “C” or better in a course – no matter how long ago you took it—you’ll receive credit in the ADVANCE program. You can estimate how many credits will transfer using our Course Equivalency Database.

I went to a community college. Will my credits transfer in to the ADVANCE program?

We accept up to 65 credits from two-year institutions provided that you received a “C” or better for the course.

Can I receive credit for my military experience?

Very possibly. Please contact our Veterans Affairs Office to consult with a counselor.

I have already taken some of the courses listed in the ADVANCE curriculum. Will I have to repeat them?

All transcripts are reviewed by the Registrar who will make the final determination, but in almost all cases, if you have taken an equivalent course and have received a “C” or better, you will not have to repeat it and you can transfer in up to 50% of the required courses for your major. Please check our Course Equivalency Database for more information.

Earning Your Degree

How long will it take to complete my degree?

Depending on your background, you may complete in as little as 18 months. Your ADVANCE program advisor will help you design your specific program.

Can I take additional courses?

Students may have additional course requirements to complete their degree. ADVANCE offers several exciting options for additional coursework.

Is this program accredited?

Yes. D'Youville College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education accredits the ADVANCE program.

Is each four-hour class a lecture?

No. The ADVANCE program is designed specifically for adult learners. In addition to lectures, there are simulations, group discussions, and exercises that enable you to immediately apply new knowledge to your job.

Going Beyond Your Degree

I'm interested in earning a master's degree after I graduate. Will my bachelor's degree be accepted?

Your bachelor's degree is granted by D'Youville College. Former ADVANCE students are enrolled in graduate programs at D’Youville  and at many other colleges.

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