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3 Ways BYU-Pathway Prepares You For a Degree

How can BYU-Pathway give you the tools to achieve your dream of earning a degree?


For most students, just starting a degree program isn’t enough — they want to complete it! That’s why BYU-Pathway Worldwide prepares students and gives them the tools to succeed in and complete an online degree from BYU-Idaho or Ensign College.

Here are three ways that BYU-Pathway provides students a way to achieve their dream of earning a degree:

1. Learn important study skills through PathwayConnect

PathwayConnect is a reduced-cost online program lasting one year (three semesters) that prepares students by first building foundational academic skills and confidence. The program also introduces students to online learning and does so at a manageable pace, allowing students to become comfortable taking university classes without feeling overwhelmed.

With each assignment students complete in PathwayConnect, they learn more and more about what it takes to be a successful student. With time and practice, study skills begin to form as students move forward in their PathwayConnect courses. These skills can be carried over into the online program.

Attending the weekly gathering is also a great way to learn crucial study skills. Students discuss what they learned that week and how they learned it. Sharing study skills with others is a great way for students to build their own habits. They’ll have the opportunity to learn from others and apply it to their own education.

Study skills learned in BYU-Pathway can be applied throughout an online certificate and degree program.

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Study skills learned in BYU-Pathway can be applied throughout an online certificate and degree program.

2. Learn how to involve God in their studies

Above all, BYU-Pathway’s mission is to develop disciples of Jesus Christ who are leaders in their homes, the Church, and their communities. Students build testimonies of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ and are encouraged to live by its principles.

Unlike many other universities, BYU-Idaho and Ensign College online courses, supported by BYU-Pathway, are not an isolated, independent model where students study and work completely on their own.

Throughout the gospel-based courses, students are actively engaged in the learning process as they participate in collaborative discussions and activities with other students from around the world. Coursework incorporates gospel principles with assignments due each week, helping students pace themselves throughout the semester.

These spiritual habits can be applied throughout the online degree program. As students continue in their schooling, prayer and scripture study will still be a major theme in their education. They’ll remember how a spiritual source of strength can help them achieve their goal of earning their degree.

BYU-Pathway students learn the importance of involving the Spirit in their learning.

3. Certificate-first degree structure

With BYU-Pathway Worldwide’s certificate-first approach , students can choose from several different programs and earn a certificate and an associate degree on their way to a bachelor’s degree (offered online through BYU-Idaho or Ensign College) — gaining skills and improving employability at each step along their educational journey.

Certificates are typically made up of just five courses and can be completed in one year or less, and every course builds directly into an associate and bachelor’s degree. In addition, students who complete a certificate are significantly more likely to finish a bachelor’s degree. Plus, it takes no additional time or money to earn certificates on the way to a bachelor’s degree.

BYU-Pathway Worldwide Helps Accomplish Goals

BYU-Pathway students have a great opportunity to develop skills that will help them accomplish their academic goals throughout the rest of their lives. As they move forward in their educational journey, they’ll become more and more prepared and confident for any academic challenge their future may hold.

Apply at to start your preparation toward your degree!

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“The path to earning a degree will be an enjoyable one.”