Peirce College Launches Accelerated Degree Completion Program in Professional Studies

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Peirce College Launches Accelerated Degree Completion Program in Professional Studies

For Immediate Release

Philadelphia, January 5, 2009 - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers need a bachelor's degree to qualify for today's fastest growing jobs. Despite this, tens of thousands of Philadelphians who have earned some college credit have not completed their degrees, and lack the credentials they need to be considered for employment or promotion.

To help address this problem, Peirce College has launched a new degree completion option within their Business program. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, concentration in Professional Studies, is designed to provide working adults with a solid business education to qualify for management and administrative positions across a wide spectrum of businesses.

"A bachelor's degree is essential in today's economy," said Jim Mergiotti, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer at Peirce College. "The Professional Studies concentration is an excellent option for the student who wants to advance in business, and maximize previously earned college credits."

Peirce College maintains articulation agreements with many community colleges from across the region, making degree completion at Peirce an excellent option for transfers and graduates of those institutions. Articulation agreements are used to assist students in taking the appropriate courses at community colleges that will transfer for credit toward a bachelor's degree.

According to Pat Rucker, Vice President, Academic Advancement and Chief Academic Officer at Peirce College, students can complete the program in 24 months or less, while gaining problem-solving skills that they can apply immediately at work.

"Demonstrating to your supervisor that you are adding skills is a useful way to stand out from the crowd," Rucker said. "At a time when every employee needs to demonstrate their value to their employer, this can make a big difference."

The program is open to students with at least 30 college credits. Those admitted can transfer up to 90 credits toward the degree. Peirce also awards credit for certain types of work experience and military service.

To help their students balance work and school requirements, Peirce offers three flexible study formats: on campus, on site in community locations and online. The college also offers highly affordable tuition, as well as many scholarship opportunities, including military scholarships. Courses are held in accelerated, seven-week formats that begin on a monthly basis.

Peirce College offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in Business, Healthcare, Information Technology and Paralegal Studies. Peirce College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104 (phone: 267-284-5000). For more information about Peirce College, call 1.888.467.3472 or visit

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