Adult & Professional Studies Program

10 Campuses. 300+ Online Courses. 8-week classes.

North Carolina Wesleyan University’s Adult Studies are nonresidential, baccalaureate degree programs designed to meet the educational needs of adult learners. The Office of Adult & Professional Studies allows mature women and men to tailor their degree work to meet personal, career and life goals. Because mature adults are highly motivated and capable of self-directed learning, adult learners can take advantage of 8-week, hybrid and online classes, as well as opportunities for earning credit through alternative options such as CLEP and DSST testing.

Benefits

  • 100% online programs
  • 8-week, hybrid and online classes
  • 10 campus locations
  • 300+ online courses
  • Opportunities for earning credit through CLEP and DSST testing
  • Dedicated support from faculty and advisors

What type of format is the Adult & Professional Studies Program?

The Adult & Professional Studies program offers a regionally accredited accelerated bachelor’s program designed to meet the needs of adult students. Through this program, students have access to:

  • 8-week seated, hybrid and online courses
  • Seated classes meet one-night-per-week for four hours
  • 300+ Online classes
  • Fully online programs available
  • Full-time or part-time course loads depending on your needs
  • Personalized academic pathway

How long does it take to complete the Adult & Professional Studies Program?

The Adult & Professional Studies program can be completed in 1.5 – 3 years, depending on transfer credits. You can choose to take full-time or part-time course loads depending on your needs. Seated classes meet one-night-per-week for four hours.

What majors or programs are offered?

The Adult & Professional Studies program offers a variety of majors in today’s leading industries. Students can choose to focus on one major, double major and add on a variety of minors including human resources, leadership, psychology and many more!

Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Science

Certificates

Only 2 semesters (16 weeks) and courses transfer into bachelor programs!

Graduate Programs

What is the admissions process for APS?

The admissions process is easy as 1-2-3 and can be completed quickly!

  1. APPLY
    Complete our FREE Application online here
  2. SUBMIT YOUR TRANSCRIPTS
    • Have all your official college transcripts sent to adultstudies@ncwc.edu or mailed to the Welcome Center at the Rocky Mount Campus.
    • Each school you attended will have their own transcript request form/process accessible on their individual websites. NOTE: If you have at least 12 hours of college credit, you do not need to submit your high school transcript.
  3. ATTEND ORIENTATION
    Once accepted, schedule an in-person or virtual orientation with your location advisor

For students using financial aid: Complete your Free Federal Application for Financial Aid at studentaid.gov (FAFSA school code 002951). This application is used to determine federal and state grants, as well as, federal loans. Students are NOT required to borrow student loans and all are encouraged to complete the FAFSA to determine grant eligibility. Loan borrowers will also need to complete the Master Promissory Note and Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov.

What is the tuition costs for APS?

Benchmarked against many of North Carolina’s public institutions such as NC State, NC Wesleyan offers an affordable tuition rate with minimal fees. Students have access to a variety of federal, state and institutional grants.

Tuition

2022-2023 Academic Year (June – July)

  • $425 per credit hour, $5,100 for a full-time course load of two classes per 8-week session
  • $40 Technology Fee for every 8-week term that you are enrolled
  • $120 Graduation Fee (One-time fee Applied to your account when you apply for graduation)
  • $15 Background Check Fee (One-time fee; Run on all new students and is non-refundable)

What types of financial aid can I receive?

There are many types of financial aid available for each adult studies student. Below are a quick list of types of aid.

Financial Aid:

Students are considered full-time by taking two classes every 8-weeks

Federal Pell Grant
Amounts determined by FAFSA application

North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship (NCNBS)
Amount determined by FAFSA and NC Residency applications

Phi Theta Kappa
$500
Fall & Spring. You must be enrolled full-time.

2+ Wesleyan Grant
$750
per semester for select community college graduates

United Methodist Award
Equivalent to 20% of tuition. Must be a member of the United Methodist Church and submit an application and a letter of reference from a pastor.

Military Scholarship
Dependent on number of credits, equivalent to 10% of tuition. All active duty, veterans and spouses for all branches of the military, including the National Guard and Coast Guard. Must submit DD-214 or military ID.

Public Service Scholarship
Equivalent to 10% of tuition. All police, fire and EMS employees

Department of Public Safety (DPS) Employees
Equivalent to 22% of tuition. Must provide proof of employment

Where are the regional campus locations for APS?

Through our partnerships with North Carolina Community College, NC Wesleyan has 10 campuses. At each campus, students will have access to a dedicated student advisor that will assist them with all aspects of going back to college. Consider it a one-stop-shop!

Who is eligible for Adult & Professional Studies?

NCWU Adult Studies admissions is open to all persons who meet the following criteria:

• Have completed an application to the appropriate location.
• At least 21 years of age. VP of Enrollment may waive this requirement.
• Background Check

Smarthinking online tutoring resource

24/7 Tutoring Services. Free & Easy.

North Carolina Wesleyan University is partnered with Smarthinking, a complimentary online tutoring service, provided to all Wesleyan students. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and features live tutoring in the subjects of writing, reading, math, computer and technology, science and business.

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Choose from 10 Campuses

The main campus of NC Wesleyan University is located in Rocky Mount, NC, where the college serves adults pursuing degrees through the Adult & Professional Studies program, as well as residential and commuting traditional students. Adult students have many choices throughout NC to attend any of our 10 satellite campuses.

adult student in a classroom

8-week Hybrid & Online Classes

Whether you want to be more marketable in your organization, career, or life in general get the competitive advantage with NC Wesleyan’s Adult Studies degree programs. Our coursework includes one-night-per week classes, hybrid classes, and online classes. Some degrees can be completed 100% online. Not all degrees are offered at all locations.

My Wesleyan Experience

"I chose Wesleyan because of the 8-week courses. I liked the idea of accomplishing more in a short amount of time. I work full time so having the flexibility of accessing my online classes anywhere with a computer, and the accessibility of the online course materials was helpful. I would encourage others to attend Wesleyan because it is not only an education, it is also an experience."

Alissa Cutler ’22, Business Administration Major, Greenville Campus

Career Services for Adults

We Are Here To Help You Succeed!

Wesleyan is dedicated to assisting students in their professional development offering resources and guidance for hands-on learning experiences through internships, assignments within the courses and job search resources. Let us help you focus on your education and career at the same time!

Professional Development

Most of our professional development courses are 100% online. Check out course topics below or view our complete list at ncwc.ed4career.com.

• Human Resources
• Management & Leadership
• Customer Service
• Marketing & Social Media
• Sales
• Workforce Compliance
• Teaching & Education
• IT Certifications
• Business

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about admission requirements, financial aid, FASFA Code, campus life and the Rocky Mount region…it’s all here.