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Husson University and Fitchburg State University Give Students the Opportunity to Complete Two Degrees in Less Time

Published on: December 14, 2020

Students work in a lab on campus at Husson University

FITCHBURG, MASS. and BANGOR, MAINE –  Students at Fitchburg State University can now take advantage of new collaborations with Husson University in Maine that will allow them to complete two degrees in less time.

They can complete their bachelor’s degrees in biology or chemistry along with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree, or their bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science along with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree, on an accelerated schedule. This will save students a full year of study. 

“This collaboration underscores Fitchburg State’s commitment to creating opportunities for students, laying achievable academic paths toward rewarding careers,” said Fitchburg State President Richard S. Lapidus. “We are grateful for the collaboration with Husson to open these doors for our students.”

“This agreement is providing students with a clear trajectory for education beyond their bachelor’s degree,” said Husson University President Robert A. Clark, PhD, CFA. “We appreciate the opportunity to work with Fitchburg State. Creating a seamless transition from a bachelor’s program at Fitchburg State to a doctoral program at Husson will save students both time and money.” 

Under the terms of the agreement, students will be eligible to enroll in the accelerated programs while freshmen at Fitchburg State. Students’ first three years will follow specific programs of study, after which qualifying students will continue in a doctoral program at Husson. At Husson, their first year’s credits can be applied toward the Bachelor of Science in biology or chemistry (for the Doctor of Pharmacy program) or exercise and sports science (for the Doctor of Physical Therapy program).

Fitchburg State University is committed to excellence in teaching and learning and blends liberal arts and sciences and professional programs within a small college environment. Our comprehensive public university prepares students to lead, serve, and succeed by fostering lifelong learning and civic and global responsibility. A Fitchburg State education extends beyond our classrooms to include residential, professional, and co-curricular opportunities. As a community resource, we provide leadership and support for the economic, environmental, social, and cultural needs of North Central Massachusetts and the Commonwealth. Founded in 1894, the university now has more than 30 undergraduate programs and 22 master's degree programs, and 7,000 full and part-time students. To learn more, visit

For more than 120 years, Husson University has prepared future leaders to handle the challenges of tomorrow through innovative undergraduate and graduate degrees. With a commitment to delivering affordable classroom, online and experiential learning opportunities, Husson University has come to represent superior value in higher education. Our Bangor campus and off-campus satellite education center in Northern Maine both provide advanced knowledge in business; health and education; pharmacy studies; science and humanities; as well as communication. In addition, Husson University has a robust adult learning program. According to a recent analysis of tuition and fees by U.S. News & World Report, Husson University is one of the most affordable private colleges in New England. For more information about educational opportunities that can lead to personal and professional success, visit

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