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.

Believe in Better Scholarships Available Now

New students who enroll in undergraduate and graduate programs by our May 2022 session may be eligible for a Believe in Better Scholarship.

  • Up to $5,000 is available for new undergraduate students
  • Up to $1,500 is available for new graduate students

Earn a Stackable Google Career Certificate - for free

Peirce students can earn one of four Google Career Certificates that have been aligned with undergraduate programs - at no cost. These employer-recognized certificates can position you for employment before you finish your degree, and have been evaluated for credit so you can earn transfer credit that applies to your degree program at Peirce.

Choose from the following:

  • Google IT Support Professional Certificate (up to 12 transfer credits)
  • Google Project Management Professional Certificate (up to 9 transfer credits)
  • Google Data Analytics Professional Certificate (up to 12 transfer credits)
  • Google UX Design Professional Certificate (up to 9 transfer credits)

To get started, simply apply and enroll in a Peirce course. Our advisors will show you how credits from the Google Career Certificates apply to our various degree programs and will complete an 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 six credits to your master’s
  • Earn credit for what you already know via prior learning assessment
  • Get a free evaluation of your transfer credits

The MBA for Working Adults

New students who enroll for the inaugural cohort of our Master of Business Administration (MBA) program can benefit from special tuition ($625 per credit), a Believe in Better Scholarship and free books for their first course.

  • Earn your MBA via 6-7 courses in 12-18 months
  • Learn how you can earn your MBA for as little as $18,000
  • GRE and GMAT scores are optional
  • Classes start in May 2022

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)

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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.