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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.

Education Department Awarded $20K Grant to Help Ease Teacher Shortage

by Janelle Hill Aug 11, 2022
Education Department Teacher Shortage Grant

The education department at DeSales is stepping up to help solve a teacher shortage in Pennsylvania.

The Pennsylvania Training and Technical Assistance Network has awarded the department a $20,000 grant over three years to help develop future special educators. The department’s goal—to attract local candidates to become certified in the new special education Pre-K-12 certification area.

“The state and the Pennsylvania Department of Education are starting to go into crisis mode because there are not enough teachers in certain areas, and one of them is special education,” says Katrin Blamey, Ph.D., chair of the education department and director of M.Ed. programs. “They’ve been working on new legislation, trying to think outside the box. One of those ways is to provide funding for other people to think outside the box.”

Danielle Kearns-Sixsmith, Ed.D., DeSales’ new director of field experiences, authored the grant application. Together, she and Blamey are looking to recruit paraprofessionals and instructional aides who are already in the field of special education, but who lack either an undergraduate degree or the proper certification.

“They’re not walking in naïve to the needs of special ed. A lot of times paraprofessionals could be in this field for 15 years, and they have a wealth of expertise and knowledge, but they just need the certification. We’re trying to help them earn the credentials that they need to move up, but they’re already doing the heavy lifting.”

 Katrin Blamey, Ph.D., chair of the education department and director of M.Ed. programs

Sixsmith and Blamey divided the grant into three phases: research to better understand the needs of the field, creating closer connections with local intermediate units, and focusing on sustainability and how to continue meeting the needs of adult students.

According to Blamey, the current teacher crisis has been building since 2015. She points to an aging workforce coupled with evolving student needs. The COVID-19 pandemic only made matters worse.

“There is no solution on the table right now that is going to make it better—that’s not just in Pennsylvania, that’s across the board nationwide,” she says.

This isn’t the first time the education department has made moves to help ease the teacher shortage. DeSales was the first in Pennsylvania to offer the Special Education Pre-K-12 Intern Certification Program, which allows adult students to work as teachers while they earn certification.

Blamey and the department are also working on other unconventional opportunities for students this summer. Several special education field one students have partnered with Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network to work with students who require medical care, such as feeding tubes. Blamey will present the findings of the partnership at The Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators conference this fall.

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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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!
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