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Professional Studies

Degree Completion Program for Adult Learners

The Professional Studies program is a fully online asynchronous undergraduate degree completion program for adult learners who wish to earn a degree to advance in their career. As adult learners, you will be in classes with your peers, all working toward the same goal. The program offers a 4-year B.A. degree with the flexibility to start the program throughout the year (Spring, Summer, Fall).

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Program Dates

Spring 2024

SESSION I: January 16–March 8, 2024
SESSION II: March 11–May 3, 2024

Summer 2024

SESSION I: May 13–June 14, 2024
SESSION II: June 17–July 19, 2024

Fall 2024

SESSION I: August 26–October 18, 2024
SESSION II: October 21–December 13, 2024

Program Overview

The Professional Studies degree completion program is designed for adult students who have earned some college credit and want to complete a 4-year B.A. degree. Two options are available for focused study in high-demand career tracks.

Two Track Options:

Business Track

Students enrolled in the Business track will study environmental, social, and economic systems and emerging trends affecting contemporary business operations to prepare for a variety of careers in the business world.

Health and Human Services Track

Students enrolled in the Health and Human Services track will develop the tools they need to make a positive impact in their community, including physical and mental health, ethics, communication, and organizational leadership.

Credit Requirements:

We make it easy to transfer and build on the credits you’ve earned to complete your degree at a pace that works for you. In a competitive landscape, a college degree can be your entry ticket into the many careers requiring a college degree. Students are required to have a minimum of 60 earned credits and no more than 90.

Students can earn up to 30 credits per year in this program and have the option of earning an additional 3 to 8 credits in our intensive MiniMester program.

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What You Will Learn

This accelerated program is recommended for adult learners — ages 24 and older — who are looking to complete a degree they have already started while developing transferable skills needed to succeed in the workplace, including:

  • Interpersonal and communication skills to foster positive and professional relationships;
  • Critical and creative thinking skills to gain the confidence needed to generate new ideas, analyze and solve problems, and reflect on their own values and experiences; and
  • An appreciation for diversity to understand that the way each person interprets and interacts with the world correlates with their own identity, culture, and personal experiences.

Why Choose Mitchell?


    • Mitchell College is offering a reduced rate of $500 per credit (normally $750 per credit) for students who enroll in this degree-completion program.
    • You can pace yourself. Take courses as you are able, working within your budget and scheduling constraints.
    • While the college does not offer scholarships for students in this program, you may apply for other education loans.


    • In this program you will be studying and learning as part of a community of your peers.
    • The program’s advisors, faculty, and staff are focused on working with adult learners and understand the challenges you face as an older student.
    • Whether on campus or online, the Mitchell College community celebrates individual experiences and differences, welcoming and supporting you wherever you are on your education journey.


    • With this year-round program you can enter in the Spring, Summer, or Fall — whatever works for you.
    • Classes are online in an asynchronous learning model. This learning model allows students to view instructional materials each week at any time they choose, and does not include a live video lecture component. 
    • Students may enroll either full time (taking two courses per term) or part time (taking one course per term).
    • You have the option to take additional courses to earn your degree more quickly with Mitchell’s MiniMester program. (Not part of the Professional Studies program.)
    • For specific job skills training Mitchell also offers online classes through the Mitchell Hub that you can tailor to your career goals. (Not part of the Professional Studies program.)

Formula for Success

    • You will have an academic advisor experienced in working with adult learners to work closely with you to guide you.
    • You will study with others who are are generally highly motivated and have life experience outside of college.

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Mitchell College participates in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which allows institutions offering distance education outside of their home state to enroll students under uniform procedures. Students participating in distance education programs at Mitchell College have certain rights under SARA. Click here for details.

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Contact Us!

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Catherine "Cathy" Hurd, M.S., Ph.D., A.B.D.

Vice President of Enrollment Management and Assistant to the President–Special Projects