Adult Learner
Degree Options

You earned the credits now earn the degree!

Affordable and accelerated degree options that you can customize to meet your career and educational goals.

At Monroe, we recognize that any time is the right time to earn a bachelor’s degree.  All of our undergraduate programs are available for our adult learners and will provide you with the skills and credentials you need to get ahead in your work, to change careers, or simply to enrich your life.  However, if you have work experience and some college credits, we offer a couple of programs that are perfect to complete your degree.

Flexible and Customizable
  • Save time and money
  • Transfer up to 90 credits
  • Earn credits for what you know through prior learning assessment
  • Flexible schedules – on campus, online (asynchronous), virtual (synchronous), hybrid, 7-week modules, or a combination
  • Career-focused skills
  • Networking opportunities

Earn credits for what you know:

Prior learning assessment (PLA) is the awarding of college credit for what you already know. After all, not all learning comes from the classroom. Our PLA gives you an opportunity to demonstrate learning that has taken place in your life through your work, military training, CLEP exams, certifications, volunteer work, and elsewhere. The PLA process allows you to earn credit for college-level learning you already possess, decreases the amount of time to earn your degree, and saves you money.

Calculate Your Credit

It’s easy to find out if a first or even a second college degree is closer than you think.

  • Credit Predictor Standard: for adult students interested in applying to Monroe, the standard tool can be completed in 3 minutes and tells students if credit for prior learning may be for them.
  • Credit Predictor Pro: for accepted adult students, a more detailed questionnaire that walks student through how their knowledge and expertise may equate to college credits.

 Credit for Prior Learning Student Guide 

To discuss your personal situation, please contact Janice Girardi and she will answer any questions, plus walk you through the process. 


I was able to earn college credit for the work experience that I already had.

Jessie Ferreira

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
Monroe College, 2020 

Bachelor’s in Professional Studies

Are you an adult professional with work experience, some college credits, and a desire to earn a bachelor’s degree? This program offers working adults flexibility while earning a credential that advances their career goals and professional marketability. The curriculum allows you a customizable college experience that focuses on skills employers require across a broad range of industries.  Courses include those in your chosen 30-credit specialization, augmented by courses in critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, communications, and management. Choose from the following specializations:

  • Accounting and Business Management
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Information Technology Management
  • Health Services Administration
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Services Administration
  • Public Health Management

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Bachelor’s in General Business

Are you an adult who already has credits toward an associate or bachelor’s degree in a business-related major? This program allows you to maximize the college credits you have already earned while broadening your understanding of the field of business within the context of your professional objectives. Under the guidance of an academic advisor, this highly flexible program allows you to design a custom curriculum to reach your career goals with an 18-credit, business-related specialization in one of the following areas:

  • Business Management
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Health Services Administration
  • Hospitality Management
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing

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You will be paired with a mentor who will help analyze your background and experience to determine which PLA options fit your goals, and to create a PLA plan that includes specific courses that will earn you PLA credit.


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Janice Girardi, EdD

Associate Vice President

Michele Mumma

Vice President, Admissions Operations

Emerson Phillips

Assistant Vice President of Adult Admissions