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Adult Studies

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

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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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Connect with Adult Studies
Attend an info session, or meet with a dedicated advisor who will help guide you from admissions to graduation.
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We make the process easy, and our admission team will help you along the way.

A summer filled with purpose and potential.

Online Summer Courses at DeSales.

Small class sizes. Big impact to your transcript. And everyone's welcome. If you're thinking about earning extra credits this summer, our online college courses are fast, flexible, and affordable. 

Learn more about summer classes at DeSales
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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. 

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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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Connect with an Adult Studies Admission Counselor

Schedule your one-on-one campus or virtual appointment with one of our friendly admissions counselors. Your counselor will be able to prepare a no-obligation transfer credit evaluation and guide you through registration. 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.

Scott V. Fainor ’94 is the Inaugural Executive at the Fainor Center for Financial Services Executive Forum

by Tom McNamara '92, M'21 Oct 25, 2022
Fainor Center Executive Forum

Move in the direction your heart takes you.

That was the advice that Scott V. Fainor ’94, founder of Fainor Holdings, gave to a student-filled audience of about 150 in the Gambet Center on October 19, at the Inaugural Fainor Center for Financial Services Executive Forum.

The advice came in response to a question from a student who asked the former banker if he would have done anything differently in his career. Fainor replied, other than starting his college career earlier, he would not change his career path, in which he did follow his heart.

When Fainor did start college in the late 1980s, it was the late Fr. Daniel Gambet, OSFS, president emeritus, who convinced him that DeSales was the place for him. While he was excited about the business and finance courses he was going to take, Fainor initially resisted the required theology classes. But he immediately changed his mind. 

“The theology classes taught me values and principles, which became my business ethics. I became grounded in those principles.”

 Scott V. Fainor ’94, founder of Fainor Holdings

Father James Greenfield, OSFS ’84, president of DeSales, served as moderator of the Executive Forum and posed questions to Fainor, including what are the top three character traits that an executive must have to be successful.

Fainor replied that true leaders need transparency in their activities to build trust, the ability to confront conflict quickly using good communication skills, and the desire to engage “the front line” or meet with workers at all levels, including, in his case, workers at the branches of the banks he led. 

Fr. Greenfield then discussed strategic planning, remarking that DeSales was beginning the process of a new strategic plan and how important it is. Fainor began by emphasizing a personal strategic plan, including his own. 

“You need to do your own personal SWOT analysis by evaluating your own strengths and weaknesses,” he said. “And then your strategic plan should adjust as your career progresses.”

For company strategic plans, Fainor again emphasized transparency. “You need to share your strategic planning document with every single employee, so everyone works together for the same goals.”

The Fainor Center for Financial Services Executive Forum was the close of Fainor’s daylong visit to the business division of DeSales. He served as a guest lecturer in a finance class taught by Tahereh Alavi Hojjat, Ph.D., professor and chair of the economics major, who Fainor cited as a faculty mentor when he was a student.

Other activities that day included a lunch and learn with business faculty and students, as well as one-on-one meetings with individual students.

Chris Cocozza, J.D., professor of business and head of the business division, introduced Fainor at the Executive Forum commenting on how valuable Fainor’s expertise and experience would be to all of our students. 

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? Self-Service 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 Self-Service in MyDSU

*This link is best viewed on a desktop device. 

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Tammy Warner, DeSales University graduate

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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