ACADEMICS

  • Adult Learner Students

    If you are considering obtaining a bachelor’s degree, finishing the degree you started, or just taking classes for professional development, Worcester State University offers a variety of programs to help adults accomplish their educational and career goals.

    • Evening-only degree programs accommodate our growing adult-learner population. We offer 11 undergraduate degree programs that may be completed entirely in the evening on a full- or part-time basis.
    • The Next Step Program is for adults coming back to college after putting education off to pursue a career or other life goals. The program offers a way for students to maximize their resources and help them advance in their career with an education that validates experiential learning, increases earning potential, and enhances personal effectiveness.
    • Certificate programs offered by our Continuing Education Office include accounting and pre-medical, pre-dental, and pre-veterinary studies. These are part-time programs, and classes are held in the evening.
    • Year-round opportunities allow you to take courses for personal interest of professional development. Classes are offered in the fall, winter session, spring, and summer. Many classes are offered online.

    Applying to Complete an Undergraduate Degree
    We understand that the pace at which you will attain your bachelor’s degree depends on how you can fit school into your busy life. Our flexible programs and multiple pathways are perfect for those who are balancing work, family, and school. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information or to apply.

    Accelerate Your Degree

    Many adult learners are looking for ways to complete the requirements of their degrees as soon as possible. WSU offers several ways for you to earn credits toward your degree outside of the traditional fall and spring semesters, including:

  • Winter Session and Summer Classes

    WSU offers:

    • Winter session, a 9-day term at the beginning of January
    • Two 6-week summer sessions
    Transfer Credits
    Our Transfer Center can assist you with questions you may have about applying previous college courses toward a bachelor’s degree from WSU. Visit our Transfer Students page to learn more. Once you have been accepted and are enrolled, visit our Academic Success Center for a full transfer-credit review.
    Credit for Military Service or Corporate Training
    If you have taken training through your employer, a specialized training provider, or during your military career, the American Council on Education will direct you to resources that, in many cases, can help you get that training translated into college credit at WSU.
    Credit for Previous Learning
    CLEP Exams: Our Academic Success Center administers CLEP exams which can enable students to get college credit for knowledge acquired in non-academic settings. Visit the testing center area of the Academic Support Services page for details.

    Portfolio Credit: Students in some majors have the option to petition for college credit by developing a Prior Learning Portfolio based on previous learning opportunities. For more information, contact the Next Step program.

    ACE Credits for Professional Training: Some professional training programs offered outside of colleges and universities (like military training) have been evaluated for credit through the American Council on Education. Worcester State may award transfer credit for this type of training. Visit the ACE website for more information.

    Department Challenge: When appropriate and with the sanction of the faculty advisor, students may request and complete a department-developed exam to translate competencies into credit. A limited number of departments offer this as an option. Students are encouraged to talk to their academic advisor about this opportunity.
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    Continuing Education
    Shaughnessy Administration Building
    Suite A-401
    508-929-8127
    508-929-8100 (fax)
    dgce@worcester.edu