Welcome to the Professional and Liberal Studies Program (PLS) in the College of Arts & Sciences at Saint Joseph’s University. PLS has served the professional educational needs of adults and non-traditional students for one hundred years, with our first courses offered in 1915. We offer students undergraduate degree programs, accelerated degree programs, and off-campus programs. PLS students are an essential part of SJU, Philadelphia's Jesuit University, one of 28 Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States committed to the Ignatian ideals of a love of life-long learning and service to others.
Consistent with our Jesuit roots and Ignatian goals of education, all PLS programs are built on a strong liberal arts foundation with an emphasis on ethics and social justice. While preparing adults students for contemporary professions that are available today, a degree from the PLS at Saint Joseph’s also prepares adult students for the professions of the future through a general curriculum that builds skills in communication, writing, quantitative abilities, globalization, and diversity.
We are very proud of our programs, but more importantly we are proud of our adult students who exemplify living out the magis by working hard to balance the pressures of their jobs and families as they complete their degrees.
Read more about our Adult Student history.