Accelerated Courses


As a part-time undergraduate student at SHU, you can take courses at our beautiful Fairfield campus, online, or in a blended format.   In addition, Sacred Heart University offers academic terms of varying lengths. We have traditional 16 week terms in the Fall and Spring, but also offer accelerated terms (AHEAD) that are 7 ½ weeks long during the same Fall and Spring semesters. These AHEAD terms are part of our accelerated course format, along with the Winter Intersession and Summer Sessions.

You can take AHEAD terms exclusively or in conjunction with the full-semester terms. With Sacred Heart’s AHEAD course format, you can quickly and successfully complete core and major classes while managing your work schedule or time with family as needed. These accelerated classes provide you the unique opportunity, if desired, to complete an associate or bachelor’s degree in less time than a traditional part-time program.

AHEAD classes meet either two nights a week for 2 hours and 15 minutes per night or one night for 4 hours and 30 minutes. The AHEAD format consists of four terms per year. You can take up to six credits in each AHEAD term.

For more information regarding admission or registration, please call 203-371-7830 to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor.