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Adult Studies

Earn or complete your degree at DeSales. Online or in person, it's always personal.

Maryann Wickemeyer graduates at the age of 71
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Don’t put off your dream of a college education. Our Adult Studies program is designed for adult learners like you.
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Attend an info session, or meet with a dedicated advisor who will help guide you from admissions to graduation.
Ready to Apply?
We make the process easy, and our admission team will help you along the way.

Admission is simple*

All we require is your high school diploma or GED and the desire to learn. 

Your education should fit your schedule. We get it. At DeSales, we'll make sure you have the support to make it work. Earn or finish your bachelor’s degree or certificate at the pace, place, and times you choose.

  • rolling admissions — start any time throughout the year
  • 6, 8, and 3 week accelerated courses, with an option to take traditional day courses
  • classes meet online, on campus, or Flex — which combines the best of both
  • a generous transfer credit policy — transfer up to 75 credits

* Our 15-Month Accelerated BSN second-degree program is a full-time program with a special application process and admissions requirements. 

Online Winter MiniMester

Winter break is a great time to get ahead or to catch up on your studies! Earn credits from the comfort of your own home. Courses are open to both our DeSales students and to anyone interested in taking undergraduate credits.
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Find the link between opportunity and affordability.

Returning to school to pursue your educational dream is not the kind of decision you can — or should — make on a whim. At DeSales, we wholeheartedly encourage self-knowledge and exploration. We're here to help you find the program that meets your needs.

Enroll in our Adult Studies program to learn more about the endless opportunities at DeSales University.

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Email to set up your one-on-one virtual meeting with one of our friendly advisors. Your advisor will contact you soon and guide you through everything from admissions to graduation. We look forward to meeting you!

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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.

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Affordable Tuition
Our tuition rates for Adult Studies courses are significantly lower than for traditional day classes.
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Financial Aid & Scholarships
You may be eligible for Federal grants and loans, and DeSales has two scholarship programs earmarked for adult students.

Why Choose DeSales Adult Studies?

You'll be academically satisfied

95% Satisfied
More than 9 out of 10 of our adult students rate the overall quality of their academic program as good or excellent.

You'll be prepared to succeed

98% Employed
Almost all of our grads are employed. And, nearly three out four are working in a field related to their degree!

You'll be in good company

4,000+ Strong
Thousands of busy adults have earned a bachelor's degree or certificate in our award-winning adult program.

You'll build up your resume

Top 10 Skills
Proficiencies documented by our grads are among the top skills employers look for when hiring.

Gregory Seltzer Receives Andrew Budraitis Foundation’s First Veterans Scholarship

by Janelle Hill Aug 4, 2022
Gregory Seltzer Veterans Scholarship

Gregory Seltzer wasn’t expecting a chance encounter to lead to a new scholarship opportunity. 

The student veteran was volunteering at DeSales’ Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony back in March when he first learned about the Andrew Budraitis Foundation’s Lehigh Valley Veterans Scholarship.  

“One of the people in attendance was Andrew’s son, Brian, one of the founders of this scholarship,” says Seltzer. “He approached me and said, ‘Hey, we’ve got this scholarship. We would love it if you were able to pass it out to other people in the veterans community here at DeSales.’” 

Seltzer did just that and figured he might as well apply too. He had spent four years serving in the Marine Corps, playing trumpet with the Marine Band while stationed in San Diego. While he loved his time in the service, Seltzer says he wanted to pursue another career path. He already had some community college credits under his belt. When it came time to continue his education, DeSales stood out. 

“DeSales has more of a well-built veterans program. It seemed a lot more welcoming. Another great benefit was the number of credits that I could transfer. And there’s the faith aspect too. I feel like a lot of the values align.” 

 Gregory Seltzer, accounting major 

After learning of the Andrew Budraitis Foundation’s scholarship, Seltzer was tasked with writing an essay explaining how his accounting major relates to the STEM field. Alyssa Budraitis, a 1993 alumna who cofounded the foundation in her husband’s memory, says Seltzer’s positivity and thoughtful approach left a lasting impression on the selection committee. 

“Gregory truly took the time in his application responses with great care and intellectual thoughtfulness,” says Budraitis. “He came across as highly motivated and determined. He struck me as someone with a servant leadership mentality with great thought towards others.”

Both Budraitis and her husband (pictured below) had successful careers in information technology at Air Products. When Andrew, a veteran who took night classes at Muhlenberg College after leaving the Army, passed away unexpectedly in 2021, the family knew they wanted to do something to honor him and give back to the local community. 

Andrew and Alyssa Budraitis

“Andy and I knew that our education was instrumental in the advancement of our careers. Without that degree, I would have never advanced to vice president and chief information officer at Air Products. I feel greatly blessed in my life and career.” 

 Alyssa Budraitis '93, cofounder, Andrew Budraitis Foundation 

The foundation awards $7,500 annual scholarships to Lehigh Valley veterans and Lehigh Valley high school graduates majoring in a STEM field, with priority given to those with financial need. Moving forward, Budraitis says, the foundation will keep the STEM requirement on its non-veteran scholarships. But, starting in 2023, it will be expanding the field of study for veteran scholarships. 

Seltzer, who also serves as president of DeSales’ chapter of Student Veterans of America, plans to finish his accounting degree in December. He says he’s honored and grateful to be named the first recipient of the foundation’s veterans scholarship.

“You hear a lot of talk about ‘Oh, we want to help our veterans succeed and transition,’” he says. “But I feel like I haven’t seen as much of that come to fruition. I’m able to see that with the veterans office here on campus. With this scholarship, it feels like there’s someone else out there that’s trying to help, and I really appreciate it.”  

For Those Who Serve

We proudly welcome military personnel and veterans to our programs and campus. Our staff can help you access your education benefits, and DeSales provides many services and resources to support you while you are here.
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Flex Classes: In Class or Online

Flex classes are designed for students who enjoy the experience of live-time, instructor-led classes but can't always physically get to campus. 

Courses are offered in Center Valley with students being able to participate synchronously from anywhere in the world via the internet.

Learn more about Online and Flex Classes
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Search For Classes

Wondering which classes are running during different semesters and sessions? Curious to read course descriptions for your topic of interest? Planning ahead? WebAdvisor for prospective students* will give you a look into which classes are running and when. 

Note: If you are already a DeSales student, please search for classes through WebAdvisor in MyDSU

*This link is best viewed on a desktop device. 

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Tammy Warner
DeSales gave me the unique opportunity to go to school full time at night and apply everything I was learning directly to my daytime job ... The value is clear and explains why [Adult Studies] has been making a difference in the lives of students for over 40 years!
Tammy Warner Head, IT Transformation at Celgene

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