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Do I need a Bachelor's degree to get a Master's or Ph.D?

QUESTION: I have some questions about the different kinds of degrees I can earn. Do I need to get my Bachelor's degree? Or, can I just go straight to getting a Master's degree? Signed, Fast Track

Dear Fast Track: It would be nice if there were an express track to earning a Master's degree before a Bachelor's degree. Unfortunately, to obtain a postgraduate degree such as a Master's or Doctoral degree, you need to earn a Bachelor's degree.

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Gen and Kelly Tanabe are the founders of SuperCollege and the award-winning authors of 11 books on college admission, financial aid and scholarships. Together they were accepted to all of the Ivy League colleges and won more than $100,000 in merit-based scholarships to graduate from Harvard debt-free.