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Evening & Online Adult Studies

Don’t put off your dream of completing an undergraduate degree or propelling your career forward with a certificate. ACCESS is designed for students like you.

For more than 40 years, DeSales University’s award-winning ACCESS program has been helping adults like you achieve your educational goals. Whether you want to earn a bachelor’s degree, pursue specialized training leading to a certificate, or just take courses to enrich your life, you’re welcome in ACCESS.

ACCESS programs are designed with adults in mind. Accelerated degree classes meet on campus one evening per week for six- or eight-week sessions—or you can take your classes completely online. You can also choose to take day classes on the traditional 15-week schedule. And if life demands that you take time off, you can return when you’re ready and pick up just where you left off.

New: Data Analytics Tracks for Evening and Online Adult Studies

Several of our ACCESS programs have added a new Data Analytics track. Don’t put off your dream of completing an undergraduate degree or propelling your career forward with a certificate.

Explore these ACCESS majors to learn more: Accounting, Business Administration, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Supply Chain Management.

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Flexibility without Compromising Quality

Every bit as personal as our on-campus courses, online classes at DeSales are designed to be flexible enough to help maintain your work-life-study balance.
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ACCESS Admissions & Aid

We Make It Easy

The ACCESS Admissions and Financial Aid team understands the unique needs and challenges of adult learners. We’ll guide you through the admission process. And we’ll help you make the best choices to fund your DeSales education so you can jump-start your career goals.


CLEP Testing

DeSales is a CLEP (College Level Examination Program) Test Center
We are also one of 1,400 nationwide and abroad. CLEP is an uncomplicated, reputable, and efficient way for you to get college credit for knowledge you have acquired on your own. 
Learn more about CLEP testing at DeSales
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Office of Financial Aid - Here to Help

We'll guide you to make the best choices to fund your education at DeSales University. We can help make your college expenses affordable through a combination of grants, loans, student employment, and scholarship resources. 

DeSales Financial Aid Office
610.282.1100, ext. 1287
Fax: 610.282.0131
Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Online Prerequisite Courses for Healthcare Programs

Do you need prerequisite courses for admission to a health care program?

DeSales offers several online courses to fulfill this need. You're welcome to take these courses regardless of which university or program you plan to attend.

See available prerequisite courses for healthcare programs
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Toni James '16 ACCESS
The ACCESS program provided me the flexibility of being a student and, more importantly, a mother.
Toni James '16, ACCESS Business Administration

ACCESS Student Christine Stephens, Criminal Justice Major, Wins Memorial Foundation Scholarship Award

by David Oblas Dec 14, 2018
Christine Stephens Access Student

“The DeSales University ACCESS Program has been crucial in allowing me to continue my studies to pursue my dream of earning my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, while working full time and raising my children,” shared Christine Stephens, recipient of the 2018 Officer David M. Petzold Memorial Foundation Scholarship Award.

“I have been working towards my degree for many years, and it wouldn’t have been possible without the great faculty and staff at DeSales University. The professors truly care about the success of their students and have assisted me every step of my college education journey.”

Stephens is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society, DeSales Lambda Eta Chapter, and is a Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is currently employed as a security officer with the Allentown School District, and was formerly employed with the city of Allentown for 17 years.

“Upon graduation, I hope to obtain a position within the criminal justice field serving the public, and my DeSales University degree is vital in obtaining my career goals. Attending school full time, pursuing my goal and dream of having my degree is something I am extremely proud of; I am very honored and thankful to receive an award in memory of Officer David M. Petzold.”

A major criteria for this scholarship is to have a record of service to the community. Stephens’ commitment to community service has been recognized often, as she has letters and certificates of appreciation from Old Fairgrounds Neighborhood Association; Faith Church; Pa. State Dog Warden; Community Services for Children; and the community of Hogar Crea, Allentown, Pa. She has also obtained a “Worksite of the Year” award from the Lehigh County Juvenile Probation’s Community Service Program, and a “PA Waste Watcher Award for Recognition for Outstanding Achievement” on behalf of Allentown Recycling.

The Officer David M. Petzold Scholarship is awarded annually to a current ACCESS student who is a criminal justice major, and is in good academic standing. The recipient must also work in law enforcement and have a record of service to the community. The David M. Petzold Scholarship was established in memory of Officer David M. Petzold, who was killed in the line of duty on November 9, 2006. Officer Petzold was an alumnus of the DeSales University ACCESS criminal justice program.