Adult Degree Completion

Finish your degree!  The Adult Degree Completion Program is designed to reinforce your personal motivation to succeed and advance your career!

Our Adult Degree Completion Program helps working professionals earn their bachelor’s degrees in high-demand fields, with fast-track, flexible schedules that include online and optional in-person classes. If you have previously completed 60 or more college credits at an accredited institution, you are eligible for the Adult Degree Completion Program and can finish your bachelor’s degree with us in two years.

We also offer career development and support services for adult learners to assist with enrollment, registration, and career advisement, all in one location at the School of Continuing and Professional Education.

Additional credits we can apply to your degree:

  • Prior Learning Assessment – You can complete an assessment of prior, non-college learning that includes work experience, corporate training, professional licenses or certifications that may equate to college credit.
  • Credit by Examination  You can demonstrate your knowledge and gain credit through standardized national exams such as the CLEP, DSST, FLATS, AP and IB.

  • Military - You can earn degree credit for military training and experience by providing transcripts from ACE, CCAF, AART, JST, SMART, and the U.S. Coast Guard Institute.

Prospective Student FAQ's

  • Who would benefit from this program?

    This program is intended to help adults who have accrued around 60 undergraduate credits and want to finish their bachelor’s degree in an expedited online schedule.

  • What are the requirements for admission?

    Students should have around 60 credits, at least a 2.0 GPA during their time in school, and have completed pre-requisites for their intended course of study.

  • How can I utilize prior learning assessments to gain credit for life experience?

    Students can submit a portfolio with life/work experience. We will work with the department of your course of study to determine if your experience meets equivalent learning outcomes to courses in your program of study to grant you credits and get you on track.

  • What is the typical schedule of an Adult Degree Completer?

    Adult Degree Completion students typically take 12 credits a semester.  Many courses in the major are schedule in accelerated quarter-length time frames to permit student to take 2 courses at a time in two 7 1/2-week periods during a semester. Courses are offered primarily online, with some in-person or hybrid options.  With prior learning credits, degree completers can typically earn the bachelor's degree in 18-24 months.

  • Do I qualify for financial aid?

    Yes, Adult Degree Completion students will take 12 credits a semester, so they can apply for financial aid.

  • How do I apply?

    Complete the online application at - select the transfer application and remember to select the Adult Degree option. Be sure to select Fall 2021. If you have any other credits from another college or university, please be sure to request your official transcripts and have them sent directly to William Paterson University.

  • My last school is/was WPU years ago. How many credits are able to transfer?

    All credits obtained at WPU previously can be transferred directly!

  • How many credits will I need to complete in this field of study?

    To complete a Bachelor’s Degree, 120 credits are necessary. The Communication Studies degree is comprised of 39 core credits, and Health Studies has 36. The remaining credits necessary to obtain your degree can be obtained through various other sources.

  • What type of financing is available for continuing education?

    Please be sure to apply for financial aid at: – your financial aid advisor is Dayana Nuñez – – if you have any questions regarding financial aid you can reach out to her.

  • How much will this cost?

    Tuition and Fees:

    If you decide to take a full 12 credits – you will pay $7,059.00 per semester. If you come part-time you will pay per credit which is $437 per credit. So if you take 6 credits it will be around $2,622.

  • How long do you expect this to take?

    Depending on where you fall with the credits it will take you a year and a half or two years!

  • Are all classes online?

    Yes, all courses are online to fit your busy schedule!

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