Peirce difference

You can do this!

Peirce College is the only college or university in Philadelphia dedicated exclusively to serving adult learners. All of our programs are offered 100% online and allow students to maximize transfer credits and prior learning. As a Peirce student, you will work with personal academic, financial and career counselors who will help you achieve your goals.

Take Your First Course for Free

For a limited time, you can enroll at Peirce for no cost for undergraduate and graduate programs.

UNDERGRADUATE: We are waiving the cost of PRC 101, our three-week orientation course that is required for most undergraduate students and helps you explore career opportunities. It also makes you eligible to earn professional certificates from Google, Meta and IBM and take additional courses through our partnership with Coursera at no cost and save more than $13,000 in tuition. To get started, apply today

GRADUATE: Earn the first three credits for your master's degree at no cost through our Leadership Bootcamp. This will save you more than $2,300 in tuition. In addition, find out how you can earn credit for what you have learned in your career. Apply today

Earn a Free Stackable Certificate from Google, Meta or IBM

Peirce students can earn certificates from Google, Meta and IBM at no cost that apply as transfer credit to several undergraduate programs at Peirce. These employer-recognized certificates can position you for employment before you finish your degree.

Choose from the following:

  • Google IT Support (up to 12 transfer credits)
  • Google Project Management (up to 9 transfer credits)
  • Google Digital Marketing & E-Commerce (up to 9 transfer credits)
  • Google Data Analytics (up to 12 transfer credits)
  • Google UX Design (up to 9 transfer credits)
  • Google IT Automation with Python (up to 6 transfer credits)
  • Meta Social Media Marketing (3 credits)
  • IBM Cybersecurity Analyst (up to 9 credits)

To get started, simply apply. Our advisors will show you how credits from the Google, IBM and Meta certificates apply to our various degree programs and will complete a free evaluation of your transfer credits.

Maximize Your Transfer Credits

Peirce saves you time and money by maximizing your transfer credits, including college courses you have already taken, military and professional training you have completed, credit-by-exams and professional certifications, as well as courses offered by alternative providers, like Coursera, and Sophia Learning.

  • Transfer up to 102 credits to your bachelor’s
  • Transfer up to 30 credits to your associates
  • Transfer up to 12 credits to your master’s
  • Earn credit for what you already know via prior learning assessment
  • Get a free evaluation of your transfer credits

Affordable Graduate Programs for Working Adults

Learn how you can earn your first 3 credits of your master's degree at Peirce, including the MBA, Master's in Healthcare Administration and Master's in Organizational Leadership and Management, at no cost via our Leadership Bootcamp, saving you more than $2,300. You can also earn credit for what you have learned in your career.

  • Earn your master's in less than two years 
  • Earn your first 3 credits for free 
  • GRE and GMAT scores are optional
  • Flexible online programs with optional live sessions with your professors

Peirce Programs Recognized by Forbes Advisor

Forbes Advisor has ranked the following Peirce programs as among the best in the country for 2024.

Accreditations, Approvals & Alignments

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
  • Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM)
  • American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Aligned with Society of Human Resource Professionals (SHRM)

Hear from our Grads


Peirce College Named Best Bang for the Buck in the Northeast

Washington Monthly magazine has named Peirce College the #14 Best Bang for the Buck College in the Northeast. The Best Bang for the Buck College list ranks institutions according to how well they help non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. The list is created by isolating the social mobility metrics from the main rankings of four-year institutions. Peirce was also named among the top 20 institutions nationally on Washington Monthly's Best Bachelor's Colleges list, which ranks an institution's contribution to the public good in three broad categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to finish my degree?

The length of time it takes to finish your undergraduate degree at Peirce College typically depends on the amount of transfer credit you bring in that can apply toward your degree and how many credits you can complete during each session.

The number of transfer credits a student brings with them varies greatly depending on several factors, including past college experience and whether they can earn credit for prior learning and college-level knowledge they have acquired outside the classroom, including military and professional training and professional licenses or certifications that can be applied to their degree program.

At the graduate level, most students complete our master's degree programs in 18-24 months, but students can complete programs faster depending on how many credits they can fit into their schedules.

The Office of Admissions at Peirce College can provide you with a complementary preliminary review of your transfer credits so you can get an idea of how your transfer credits will apply to your degree.

To speak with an enrollment specialist about your transfer credits, contact us at 888.467.3472 or

To speak with a graduate enrollment specialist, contact us at 888.467.3472 or

What programs does Peirce College offer?

Our current list of academic programs includes:

Certificates of Proficiency (undergraduate)

Associate degrees (61 credits)

Bachelor’s degrees (121 credits)

*Up to 102 transfer credits may be applied to this degree; all other bachelor's degrees can accommodate up to 90 transfer credits. 

Graduate Programs (Master's degrees: 30-36 credits; Graduate Certificates: 18 credits)

Who teaches courses at Peirce College?

Courses at Peirce College are taught by the institution’s full-time faculty members and adjunct faculty members who blend theoretical classroom education with practical, real-world applications. This enables students to apply what they learn in their courses directly to their careers and prepare for professional growth. Peirce faculty members specialize in serving working adults and bring diverse backgrounds from their professional industry experience to the classroom. Faculty work closely with students every week and are available for online or face-to-face, personalized support.

How can I earn credit for what I already know?

You can earn credit at Peirce College for college-level knowledge you already possess through the following methods:

  • Credit-by-exam
  • Portfolio assessment
  • Credentials, training and other programs that have been evaluated for college credit

Credit-by-exam programs, such as the CLEP®, the College-level Exam Program, and Peirce College exams, allow students to test out of a degree requirement. These exams provide significant savings in time and money for adults who know the material because they are a fraction of the cost of course tuition and typically take less time to complete.

With portfolio assessment, students develop a portfolio containing evidence that they possess college-level knowledge that is equivalent to what they would have learned in a specific course that is required in their degree program. Like credit-by-exam, portfolio assessment typically costs much less than course tuition and can save adults who know the material time and money.

Students can also earn credit for professional licenses and certifications, professional and military training and other programs that have been evaluated for credit by Peirce College or the American Council on Education and fit a specific degree program requirement. There are no additional costs to earning this credit for students, who have completed the training or possess the credentials, which comes over as transfer credit.

Peirce has also aligned its programs with several no-cost and low-cost course providers, such as Coursera,, and Sophia Learning. Select courses offered by these providers can be applied as transfer credit to undergraduate programs at Peirce College.