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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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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.

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Toni James '16 ACCESS
The ACCESS program provided me the flexibility of being a student and, more importantly, a mother.
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ACCESS Program Adds New Data Analytics Tracks

by Janelle Hill Feb 16, 2021

The ACCESS program is making it easier than ever for students to specialize in data analytics. 

ACCESS has added data analytics tracks to its accounting, business administration, finance, management, marketing, and supply chain management majors.

“Upskilling is vital in an economy where firms are waking up to the reality that they must analyze their data, data from their market, and data about their customers. The digitization of the economy is going gangbusters, and people need to understand what it’s all about.” 

 Dr. Brennan Pursell, director of DeSales’ Applied AI program

The data analytics tracks consist of five courses in addition to the requirements of each major. Students will learn state-of-the-art software, produce a portfolio of signature work, and also get real-world experience working with an AI company, either in Silicon Valley or New York.

“If students are interested in this field, having this experience is going to be really beneficial,” says Michael Yergey, assistant dean of adult and continuing education. “There are additional courses. But a lot of our students have room for elective courses, so it wouldn’t necessarily be a problem for them.” 

ACCESS students also have the option to complete a data analytics certificate, which was first offered last year and consists of five courses plus an elective. The Division of Business has already rolled out data analytics tracks in the undergraduate traditional day program, as well as tracks and a certificate in the graduate program. 

Learn more about the DeSales ACCESS program