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Peirce College specializes in serving the needs of nontraditional students, including homeschool students who have demonstrated the ability to be independent online learners by successfully completing credit-by-exam programs and online courses, including those recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education.

Contact us to today to learn more about:

  • Applying up to 102 transfer credits toward a bachelor’s, including CLEP® exams and Study.com courses
  • Earning a bachelor’s degree for as low as $11,000
  • Earning both a bachelor’s and master’s for about $42,000
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • Taking accelerated courses online, on campus, or both

Based in Philadelphia since 1865, Peirce College provides students with dedicated academic, financial aid and career counselors, and delivers flexibility, personalized service and academic excellence. All courses and student services are available completely online.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I earn credit for CLEP® exams and other credit-by-exam programs?

Yes! Peirce has mapped several CLEP® exams to our bachelor’s degree programs. Students can also earn credit for other credit-by-exam programs, including Advanced Placement (AP) exams and DSST® Exams. You should speak with an enrollment specialist to learn exactly what exams are aligned with the degree you want to earn.

Can I earn credit for courses offered by Study.com, Onlinedegree.com and other alternative course providers?

Yes! Peirce has mapped several Study.com and Onlinedegree.com courses to our bachelor’s degree programs. Onlinedegree.com courses are no cost. You should speak with an enrollment specialist to learn exactly what courses from Study.com and Onlinedegree.com are aligned with the degree you want to earn.

How many transfer credits can I apply to a bachelor’s degree at Peirce?

The amount of transfer credits you can apply to a bachelor’s degree program at Peirce depends on the program you select.

Our degree completion programs can accommodate up to 102 transfer credits. The most flexible of these programs are the BA in Liberal Studies, which has 60 open electives, and the BS in Organizational Leadership, which has 39 open electives. Our other degree completion programs are the BS in Human Services Leadership and BS in Technology Management, which are flexible but more prescriptive than the Liberal Studies and Organizational Leadership programs.

All other bachelor’s degree programs at Peirce can accommodate up to 90 transfer credits, including our baccalaureate programs in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, human resource management, health information administration, healthcare administration, information technology and paralegal studies. These programs can accept up to 90 transfer credits.

Can I really finish my bachelor's degree for as low as $11,000 at Peirce?

Yes! Peirce has recently created degree completion pathways that enable students to finish a bachelor’s degree for as low as $11,000 and reduce or potentially avoid incurring student debt.

These pathways are the result of collaborations the College has formed over the past year aimed at increasing access and affordability for adults. The pathways Peirce has created leverage transfer credits, prior learning assessment, professional and military training, low-cost and no-cost alternative credit options and a new flat tuition pilot program.

To finish your bachelor’s for $11,000, you will need 102 transfer credits that apply to the BA in Liberal Studies, the BS in Organizational Leadership or BS in Technology Management. You will earn the remaining credits for a flat tuition of $11,000.

Most students do not possess 102 transfer credits, so we have created additional pathways for the BA in Liberal Studies, the BS in Organizational Leadership and BS in Technology Management, based on a variety of common transfer credit scenarios:

  • Students with 90 transfer credits that apply to the degree can finish a bachelor’s for $12,000
  • Students with 60 transfer credits that apply to the degree can finish a bachelor’s for $14,000
  • Students with 45 transfer credits that apply to the degree can finish a bachelor’s for $15,000

We also have created affordable pathways for students interested in our other bachelor's degree programs that can accommodate up to 90 credits, including our baccalaureate programs in accounting, business administration, criminal justice, human resource management, health information administration, healthcare administration, information technology and paralegal studies. These pathways enable students to finish the degree for between $20,000 - $22,000, depending on how many transfer credits can apply to the degree.

What bachelor degree programs does Peirce offer?

Peirce College offers a wide variety of career-focused bachelor’s degree programs that are each designed to work around the unique needs of adults and help maximize transfer credits, including associate degrees earned at regionally accredited two-year institutions, credit-by-exam, professional and military training and select professional certifications.

Business

  • BS in Accounting (ACBSP accredited)
  • BS in Business Administration (ACBSP accredited)
  • BS in Human Resource Management
  • BS in Organizational Leadership*
  • Certificates in Customer Service and Customer Service Management
  • Certificate in Human Resource Management

Healthcare and Human Services

  • BS in Health Information Administration (CAHIIM accredited)
  • BS in Healthcare Administration
  • BS in Human Services Leadership
  • Certificate in Medical Coding (CAHIIM accredited)

Information Technology

  • BS in Information Technology
  • BS in Technology Management*
  • Certificate in Cybersecurity

Legal Studies

  • BS in Criminal Justice
  • BS in Paralegal Studies (ABA approved)
  • Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Paralegal Studies (ABA approved)

Liberal Studies

  • BA in Liberal Studies* (most of our certificates can be implemented into this program)

Peirce also has two master’s degree programs, including the MS in Organizational Leadership and Management and the MS in Healthcare Administration. Eligible Peirce students interested in law school may apply to the Bachelor-to-Juris Doctor program with Rutgers Law School. Peirce also offers associate degree programs.


*degree completion program that accommodates up to 102 transfer credits; all other bachelor degree programs accommodate up to 90 transfer 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 nontraditional students online and on campus, 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.

What are the admissions requirements for home school students?

High School Diploma or GED Requirements
Candidates with less than 15 college-level transfer credits that apply to their degree are required to submit a school district or state-issued homeschool high school transcript/diploma, or a GED. 

Candidates with 15 college-level transfer credits or more that apply to their degree are not required to submit a homeschool high school transcript/diploma or GED.

Candidates should also send official transcripts of any college-level courses, including courses taken at accredited community colleges and four-year institutions, and online courses that have been recommended for college credit by the American Council on Education, including providers such as Study.com, Onlinedegree.com and Straighterline.com, as well as credit-by-exam scores, including CLEP® and DSST® exams, so their transfer credits can be evaluated.

Placement Exams
Students who apply to Peirce without transfer credit, or with a grade of C or below in English 101 and/or college-level math, are required to take a placement exam.

Peirce College uses the ACCUPLACER placement test, which is a proctored exam that can be taken online at Peirce College or at a remote location. Students who live more than 20 miles from campus should contact their admissions representative to make alternative arrangements to take the ACCUPLACER. Special accommodations are available for students with disabilities.

Students who have taken the SAT or ACT standardized tests should speak to an Enrollment Specialist about possibly using those scores instead of taking ACCUPLACER placement tests. SAT or ACT standardized tests are not required for admission to Peirce College.
Does Peirce offer on-campus housing and a traditional college campus experience?

No. Peirce College does not offer on-campus housing, however we do have classroom-based instruction at our campus, located in Center City, Philadelphia. Most of our students are working adults and complete their studies online, but our innovative format enables students to decide whether to log in to their course online or come to campus for face-to-face instruction. We call this PeirceFit®.