Specialized Pathways to BA Completion

The Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program is a baccalaureate degree program structured to meet the educational needs of adult learners. Designed for busy adults, the degree provides non-traditional students with a variety of options in meeting University requirements for an undergraduate degree grounded in the liberal arts. The degree is ideally suited to employed adult learners who have already earned some college credit. FDU will accept up to 90 credits, of the 120 required for the degree, from other sources. Students who receive the full 90 credits may complete the degree in as little as 18 months. The program recognizes the value of life/work experience and affords students the opportunity to receive advanced standing through portfolio assessment.

Students in the program may choose to pursue a single area of study in-depth or design a program of study by combining liberal arts courses with career-related specializations in a subject that matches their professional goals or personal interests. The result is a degree program that will be immediately appealing to mature adults who bring to FDU traditional course work completed over a period of years at a number of institutions, a history of work and life experiences that can be equated with credit-bearing courses, and the desire, commitment and self-discipline to complete the degree requirements.

Program highlights

  • Offered fully online, as well as in-person and blended courses
  • Transfer up to 90 credits from prior learning
  • Special tuition program
  • Career focused specializations in areas such as applied technology, business, communications, digital media arts, healthcare administration, homeland security, hospitality, human resource management, liberal studies, public administration, technology and sustainability
  • Personal attention from faculty with extensive industry experience

Program learning outcomes

Each college program has identified outcome measures that indicate whether students are successful in meeting the specific outcomes for the program. The following are outcome measures that will be assessed for the Bachelor of Arts Degree completion program:

  • Communication:  An FDU graduate will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in written documents, when making oral presentations, and when appropriate, by using graphic presentation software.
  • Critical Thinking:  An FDU graduate will demonstrate the ability to define problems; to use information resources such as libraries and computers; and to analyze and integrate knowledge, perspectives and techniques.
  • Global and Culture Understanding: An FDU graduate will demonstrate an understanding of the historic and global context of events and achievements over time as treated in subjects such as history, the arts and the humanities with an awareness of and sensitivity to global problems and social issues, including those involving ethnic and cultural differences.
  • Specialization:  An FDU graduate will demonstrate the mastery of a body of knowledge in one subject area or a group of related areas that will be considered the graduate’s specialization.

Admissions requirements

For adult learners, eligibility for admission to the University is based on previous educational experience:

  • Completed online application. There is no fee to apply.
  • Official transcripts or GED. If you have previously attended a regionally accredited college or university and have at least 24 transfer credits, submit official transcripts from each institution attended. These will be evaluated both for admission eligibility and to determine your advanced standing in (i.e. transfer credits to) your selected degree program. If you have not attended a regionally accredited college or university or have fewer than 24 transfer credits, submit an official high school transcript or proof of a GED (with Scoresheet).
  • SAT or ACT scores are not required.

Degree requirements

The minimum requirements for the baccalaureate degree are as follows:
  • completion of a minimum of 120 credits.
  • cumulative grade point ratio of 2.00.
  • cumulative grade point ratio of 2.00 in the upper-level courses completed at FDU.
  • upper-level credit courses: of the courses completed at FDU 24 credits (eight courses) must be upper-level.
  • at least 30 credits, normally the last 30, must be completed at FDU.
  • residency requirement/time limit on degree completion as explained below.

A transfer student may transfer credit achieved through either formal course work or through proficiency examination to the extent that the credits transferred do not circumvent existing University policy requiring a minimum of 30 credits in residence, including at least 50 percent of the credits required for upper-level course selections to be taken at FDU. Any course work completed more than 10 years before the projected date of awarding the degree (including work for which credit is transferred from another college) shall be evaluated for its currency by the appropriate department. Where it is deemed appropriate, the department will recommend courses to familiarize the student with more recent developments.

Online BA enrollment

The online BA option consists of registration forms and processes that are particular to this modality. The following links contain forms to assist students with enrollment in online courses. 


Students completing the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion program are required to demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

General Education Requirements (50 credits)

I. Communication, Mathematics and Computer Skills – 18 credits (6 courses)

  • Written Communication  6 credits (2 courses) 

Six credits in English composition (WRIT1002 Comp I: Rhetoric and Inquiry and WRIT1003 Comp II: Research and Argument).

  • Speech/Professional Communication – 3 credits (1 course) 

Three credits in a course substantially concerned with public speaking, oral, written and/or professional communication/presentations (e.g. SPCH1155 Public Speaking, COMM3310 Professional Presentations,  COMM3329 Communication in a Changing World).

  • Ethical and Moral Analysis – 3 credits (1 course)

Three credits in a course from any discipline that is substantially concerned with ethical theories and questions such as a course in philosophy, religion or a course with “ethics” in its title (e.g. PHIL2255 Business Ethics, PHIL2261 Ethical Issues in Computer Information Technology, PHIL2351 Medical Law and Ethics).

  • Quantitative Analysis – 6 credits (2 courses)

Three of the six credits must be in a college-level mathematics course (e.g. MATH1131 College Mathematics I). The other three credits can be from a second mathematics course or from a statistics, logic, computer science, computer technology or other course that requires substantial quantitative analysis (e.g. MATH1132 College Mathematics II, MATH1142 Introduction to Statistics, PHIL1101 Introduction to Logic, MIS1135 Intro to Computers, MIS2151 Electronic Commerce and Beyond).           

II. Liberal Arts and Sciences – 24 credits (8 courses)

  • Scientific Analysis – 6 credits (2 courses) 

Six credits in course work from biology, chemistry, physics, environmental/earth/planetary sciences and/or other course that requires substantial scientific analysis (e.g. SCIE2008 Chemistry in Everyday Life, SCIE2010 Contemporary Environmental Issues). Courses need not be from the same scientific discipline.

  • Arts and Culture – 6 credits (2 courses) 

Six credits from any combination of studio, performing or creative arts or global studies/culture including, but not limited to, computer animation, photography, creative writing, dance, film production, globalization, culture and identity, world literature. Courses may be from the same discipline/category (e.g. ART1071 Film and Society, ENGL2211 Masterpieces of Literature I, ENGL3111 Introduction to Memoir Writing, SOCI3610 Multicultural Perspectives)

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 credits (2 courses) 

Six credits from any combination of courses in the social sciences (anthropology, economics, criminology, geography, political science, sociology) or behavioral sciences (psychology or communication studies). Courses may be in the same discipline; at least three credits must be at the 2000 level or above.

  • Humanities – 6 credits (2 courses) at least two of the following areas must be represented:

Six credits in any combination of courses in history, literature, philosophy, art history, film (not filmmaking). Courses may be in the same discipline; at least three credits must be at the 2000 level or above.

III. University Core – 8 credits (4 courses)

FDU requires all students to complete this common University Core curriculum consisting of the following four integrated courses that have a strong emphasis on liberal arts:

  • UNIV1001 Transitioning to University Life (waived for adult learners)
  • UNIV1002 Preparing for Professional Life (waived for adult learners)
  • UNIV2001 Cross-Cultural Perspectives
  • UNIV2002 Global Issues

UNIV1001 and UNIV1002 are waived for adult learners; either two transfer credits or two additional credits of free electives may be used to meet the 120 credits required for the degree.

Major Requirements (24 credits)

I. International Perspective – 3 credits (1 course)

This requirement may be met through one of a variety of designated courses from anthropology, business, economics, literature, fine arts, history, music, philosophy, political science or sociology. This course must emphasize an international perspective.

II. Advanced Writing – 3 credits (1 course)

This requirement must be met with a writing-intensive course at the 2000 level or above (e.g. COMM2101 Professional Communication, ENGL2209 Business Communications, ENGW3006 Persuasive Writing, ENGL3115 Food Writing, and ENGL3141 Travel Writing).

III. Specialization – 18 credits (3 courses)

A minimum of 18 credits (6 courses) that provides the student an opportunity to pursue a single area of study in depth. A minimum of nine credits must be taken in FDU graded course work and be at the 2000 levvgbel or above.

Free Electives (46 credits)

It is recommended that interdisciplinary electives be chosen to support the area of specialization.

Specialized Pathways to BA Completion
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Dr. Francisco Parra, Asst. Director for Petrocelli UG Advisement
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