Professional and Liberal Studies Degree Completion

Adult Learner Degree Completion and Post-Baccalaureate Programs

Welcome to the Professional and Liberal Studies (PLS) program within the College of Arts and Sciences. Adult students have a variety of priorities that the PLS department embraces. We strive to serve the needs of adults who are working toward completing a Bachelor's degree or complementing their degree with a post-baccalaureate certificate by offering convenient, cost-effective, and flexible education to fit your busy lifestyle. Our students are over the age of 22, taking classes part-time or full-time, in the evening, and take advantage of our on-campus and online class offerings. For select majors and programs, the availability to take classes during the day may be required. Contact us at for a conversation about transferring your credits to complete your degree, or to learn more about our post-baccalaureate certificates.

The Bachelor of Liberal Studies-BLS

The Professional and Liberal Studies (PLS) Adult Undergraduate Program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Joseph’s University is offering a new Bachelor’s degree beginning Summer 2016 for incoming undergraduate adult students. To qualify, students must be over the age of 22 and have at least thirty college transfer credits. The new Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) was created with the adult student at the forefront of this decision. PLS embraces the experience of our diverse adult students and recognize the complexities and importance of balancing work, education, and family. Our undergraduate programs are designed with these complexities in mind. 

Why study at Saint Joseph’s University?

  • Transferability: We accept transfers from most regionally-accredited, non-profit colleges and universities. We accept a maximum of 75 transfer credits (25 courses). Saint Joseph's University also has established relationships and dual-agreements with area community colleges in Southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey.
  • Convenience: Choose from weekday, evening, and online classes; special summer and winter sessions and accelerated eight-week formats.
  • Reputation: Saint Joseph's is a leader in adult education, offering classes to adult student since 1915. 92% of our 2014 class are employed or enrolled in graduate school.
  • Affordability: Our Adult Learner programs are offered at a discounted tuition rate, comparable to or lower than other area colleges and universities. SJU degree completion programs also qualify for federal financial aid for students who are eligible.