Evening & Online Adult Studies
Flexible, affordable, and accommodating, the ACCESS program can help make your educational dreams a reality. Successfully earn or finish your bachelor’s degree or certificate at the pace, location, and times you choose.
Designed for adult learners like you, the admissions requirements are minimal and applying is easy.
ACCESS Majors & Programs of Study
Generous Credit Transfer Policy
With DeSales' generous transfer policy, you can transfer up to 25 three-credit courses toward your DeSales degree — and if you already have your Associate's degree, all your credits will transfer to DSU.*
Wondering which of your credits will transfer? We'll be happy to give you a personalized, no-obligation transfer credit evaluation.
ACCESS Evening & Online Admissions & Aid
The ACCESS program is designed for adult learners like you. We want to make it easy for you to continue your education—or to start a new degree or certificate program. All we require for admission are a high school diploma or GED and the desire to learn.
Why Choose DeSales ACCESS?
You'll be academically satisfied
You'll be prepared to succeed
You'll be in good company
You'll build up your resume
For Those Who Serve
Summer Classes at DeSales
Summer is a great time to get ahead or catch up with your studies. We have a wide variety of summer courses — both online and on campus.
2021 Undergrad Summer Class Session Dates
- ACCESS Session 5 – May 17 to July 10 (8 weeks)
- ACCESS Session 6 – July 12 to August 21 (6 weeks)
- May Minimester – May 24 to June 12 (3 weeks)
- Online Minimester 1 – May 24 to July 3 (6 weeks)
- Online Minimester 2 – July 5 to August 14 (6 weeks)
Year at a Glance — Plan Your Schedule!
Third Annual Cyber Security and Digital Forensics Conference Goes Virtual
The Coronavirus pandemic may have brought large swaths of society to a standstill but it’s not stopping cyber thieves from targeting your personal and business information. That was the theme of the Third Annual Cyber Security and Digital Forensics Conference.
The Master of Arts in Criminal Justice (MCJ) Program and Master of Science in Cyber Security Program joined forces for the virtual event, which featured the Pennsylvania National Guard Wi-Fighter Cyber Challenge along with presentations from experts in incident response, hacking, and programming, among other areas.
Hazel Cerra, a senior special agent with the United States Secret Service, broke down the basics of business email compromise—one of the fastest growing cyber crimes affecting nearly every industry. BEC crimes can take a variety of forms—from romance scams to scammers using spoofed email addresses and domain names to ask for money or gift cards.
“BEC is not a technical scam,” said Cerra. “In fact, it uses very little technology to create some of the best results that we’ve seen and some serious losses to our country.”
According to Cerra, these scams are so successful because they’re easy to pull off and there’s very little risk. On average, a BEC attack brings in $130,000 per scheme compared to a bank robbery, which typically nets just $3,800.
“We always say that dumb people are the ones that rob banks,” she said. “It’s the smart people that can social engineer their way into a successful scheme.”
A few of the biggest red flags to be on the lookout for are emails containing urgent requests, those from someone who is out of contact, or those containing poor language and grammar. Cerra recommends adjusting the privacy settings on your LinkedIn account—especially if you’re in accounting or financing—so people can’t view your connections. But the biggest way to avoid becoming a victim is communication.
“We can be sitting across the desk from each other and we won’t even talk to each other,” Cerra said. “We will send an email or an IM, and that is what the bad guys are leveraging from our new work environment.”