Career-focused Degree Completion Programs

Topics: Degree Completion Programs, Program Market Research, Academic Affairs, Prior Learning Assessment

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Research Questions

  • Which degrees are offered through degree completion programs and targeted specifically for working adults?
  • What are the attributes of degree completion programs with respect to delivery format, cost, schedule, and time to graduation?
  • What policies regulate the credit transfer process?


Adults are increasingly returning to college to finish degrees begun earlier in life. This brief examines degree completion programs at seven institutions with regards to course delivery format, cost, and degree offerings. In addition, the report examines the methods for students to earn transfer credit.