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College of Professional and Liberal Studies

Dean: Paul DeVito, Ph.D.

Associate Dean: Patricia Griffin, M.A.

Director of Admissions and Recruitment: Sena Owereko, M.S.

Director, CPLS Online and Continuing Education: Arthur J. Martin, M.B.A.

Director of Off-Campus Programs: Margaret Dugan, M.S.

Director of Advising and Retention: Debbie Allen, M.S.

The College of Professional and Liberal Studies (CPLS) of Saint Joseph’s University is the undergraduate division that serves the educational needs of adult and part-time students and employers’ needs for quality programs in the education and professional advancement of their employees. The CPLS, an integral part of Saint Joseph’s University for over 60 years, connects the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence and service with the contemporary needs of adult learners.

The CPLS is responsible for undergraduate evening degree programs, the Bridge program, Summer Sessions, the January Intersession, off-campus programs, and non-credit and certificate programs. The CPLS offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in a wide range of liberal arts and business disciplines. Certificate and Associate degrees are also offered in various programs. The CPLS has administrative responsibilities for undergraduate adult learner programs, with curricular and instructional decisions being made in collaboration with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Erivan K. Haub School of Business.

Student Profile

The CPLS serves both traditional and non-traditional-age students who pursue their undergraduate education on a part-time or full-time basis. Students enter the CPLS with or without having earned previous college credit. Some adult students enter the CPLS to continue a degree program after a delay from formal education. Work, family, and financial obligations influence the pace of adult and part-time students’ academic careers; therefore, degree completion time varies. Other adult students have already earned undergraduate degrees and enroll in the CPLS for specific courses which will assist their professional advancement.

CPLS students seek programs that facilitate the completion of their degree. Students may receive credit by examination or for work experiences. They draw on their own life experiences to enrich classroom discussions. The CPLS provides programs and services that are compatible with these learner needs.

International students attend CPLS on a full-time basis. The University works closely with the English Language Service (ELS) Center concerning the admission of qualified international students.

Degree and Certificate Programs

The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree programs are the culmination of an undergraduate education, which is conferred upon the student’s successful completion of a minimum of 40 courses and 120 credits (see Curricula). The Associate Degree programs require a minimum of 20 courses and at least 60 credits (see Curricula section). Students can also earn a Certificate of Proficiency or Post-Baccalaureate Certificate by completing course requirements ranging from 8 to 16 courses depending upon specific certificates. Students cannot graduate with more than one certificate or degree in the same field at the same time.

Bridge: The Adult Undergraduate Weekday Program

The Bridge Program enables students (22 years or older) to enroll full-time or part-time in majors offered as part of the traditional undergraduate program. Students enrolled in the Bridge Program must meet full-admissions criteria and be enrolled in at least one day course per semester but are permitted to combine evening courses with their program of study. Students enrolled in the Bridge Program must maintain a GPA of 2.5 to continue to enroll in day courses. Students without prior college experience of 30 or more transferable credits are not eligible for the Bridge Program for the first two academic semesters or terms enrolled.

For further information concerning the Bridge Program, please contact the CPLS Office at (610) 660-1267 or (877) NITE-SJU.