Degrees and Programs

Degrees and Programs at Peirce

Degrees and Programs

Peirce College focuses on providing students with the practical skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in today's marketplace. We give you a high quality technology-enhanced education, anticipating the ever-changing needs of students, partners, and companies throughout the world.

Our accelerated courses last eight weeks.
New courses begin almost every month.

Peirce offers you flexibility and accessibility through accelerated degree programs designed to complement today's busy lifestyle. You have the choice of attending our Philadelphia campus or attending class online , in one of four major areas of study: Business, Healthcare, Information Technology, or Paralegal Studies. For more information about our certificate graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here

Our Academic Advisors can assist you identify the correct degree and concentration to fit your career goals.

Credit Requirements

  • Certificates of Proficiency:
    Students will complete a minimum of 31 credits in 11 classes. A certificate program offers students the practical training and skills they need for immediate employment. Certificate programs can be a great opportunity for students holding a bachelor's degree, but seeking a career change in another field. Peirce students can earn certificates of proficiency in seven areas: Business Law, .NET Technology, Programming, Help Desk Technician, and Paralegal Studies. For more information about our certificate graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please click here.
  • Associate Degrees:
    Students will complete a minimum of 61 credits to earn an associate degree. Generally, a student will complete 61 credits in 21 classes. A student who has not transferred in more than 30 credits can earn an associate degree while progressing toward a bachelor's. Once a student earns an associate degree, s/he can continue taking classes and work towards the bachelor's degree.

    A student can transfer in more than 30 credits and still earn an associate degree if the additional credits are applied to the bachelor's degree. Transfer students may also transfer their entire associate degree for 60 credits and immediately start working on the bachelor's degree.
  • Bachelor's Degrees:
    Students will complete a minimum of 121 credits to earn a bachelor's degree. Generally, a student will generally complete 121 credits in 41 classes.

    Sometimes students graduate with more than the minimum number of credits. This can occur if a student changes degrees or takes a course that is not part of a particular degree plan. Students who do not take courses for more than one year need to be readmitted to the College. In the event degree requirements have changed, these students might find themselves taking additional courses.
  • Orientation Courses:

    Peirce College's orientation courses are designed to assist students' transition into the College by focusing on the necessary skills to achieve academic success.

    Students must complete their designated orientation course within the first 14 weeks of enrollment. Students who do not successfully complete this course upon the initial attempt must immediately repeat it in the subsequent session. Students must take and pass their designated orientation course to continue enrollment at the College.

    • PRC100,the Student Success Seminar, is a required three-credit orientation course for all new, returning, or transfer students with fewer than 15 college credits earned. This accelerated course will be offered both online and on campus. Students must earn a minimum grade of "C" to pass this course.
    • PRC101,Peirce College 101, is a required one-credit orientation course for all returning or transfer students with 15 or more college earned credits. This accelerated course is offered primarily online. Students must earn a grade of "P" in this pass/fail course.

    To register, students can contact the Admissions Office at 888.467.3472, ext. 9214, contact their Program Advisor, or register through Financial Aid can be applied to the orientation courses for students who meet Financial Aid eligibility requirements.

    For more information about PRC 100, PRC 101, or other support services for first year students, please visit the First Year initiative website at .

  • General Education:
    All degree programs contain a core curriculum of general education courses, which expose students to a variety of building blocks needed in all fields of study.

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