A combined degree program is a formal plan of study for completing two degrees simultaneously. The courses you take are not different from those in regular degree programs, but the pace is different. You are likely to carry a larger course load and put in longer hours than your classmates in regular degree programs. The value of a combined program comes from the time, and associated cost, you will save. These programs, commonly referred to as 3+2 or 4+1, allow you to earn both degrees in less time than it would take to earn them separately.
For example, if a bachelor’s degree typically takes four years to complete and a master’s degree typically takes two years to complete, a five year combination program will save you one year’s worth of time and financial obligation.