How fast is the Adult Degree Program (ADP)?
The ADP offers intensive coursework in a compressed format designed to complement a full-time work schedule. Attending class only one night each week from 6 to 10 p.m., you can complete a course in 8 weeks.
As a general rule, if you begin the ADP with zero credits, you can complete your bachelor's degree in the same amount of time as a traditional program. If you've already earned most of your core requirements (sometimes called general education credits - courses such as math, English, or history), it's likely that you will complete your bachelor's degree in 2-3 years.
How many classes should I take at one time?
There are two 8-week sessions during each semester. It is recommended to take two 3-credit courses during each of these sessions, totaling 12 credits per semester.
What degrees do you offer?
ADP students can pursue either a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) in Business or a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resources and Management.
What can I expect from other ADP students?
The ADP offers small classes with many opportunities for students to interact meaningfully, building friendships, study groups, and professional contacts along the way. ADP students have diverse backgrounds, bringing together adults who have had formative life experiences.
Does the ADP degree have the same status as a traditional degree?
Yes. The program offers rigorous, fully accredited, and carefully developed degree programs. The program has long been recognized by numerous Texas employers as a way to bring academic excellence to employees who need a college degree in order to move forward in the workplace. ADP admission and accreditation standards are in line with those of Concordia's traditional program, and because the compressed format of ADP courses allows little time for repetition and procrastination, it makes for an undeniably challenging, stimulating experience. ADP diplomas and transcripts display the same seal as those from traditional programs. ADP students fully participate in commencement exercises alongside traditional Concordia students in December and April ceremonies.
What is the attendance policy?
The Adult Degree Program adheres to a strict attendance policy. As an accredited institution, it's imperative we maintain high standards. Our policy states that students cannot miss the first night of class and/or miss more than four hours of cumulative absence in any one course. Missing four hours of an accelerated class is equivalent to missing 25% of a traditional class. A student who misses four hours or more is dropped from the class and must retake it at another time. Because the accelerated format allows few catch-up opportunities for those who miss a class or are excessively tardy, absences should be reserved for true emergencies.
Is there an age requirement to be accepted into the ADP?
No, there is no age requirement.
How do I apply?
Are all the courses required for degree completion available in the ADP format?
Yes, every course you need to complete your degree is available through the Adult Degree Program. However, it may be possible for you to transfer in previously-earned credits from other institutions.
Are courses in religion required?
Yes. Concordia University is under the auspices of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, and the Christian ethos is reflected in all aspects of our work. Six hours of religion coursework are required of each Concordia student: Old Testament and New Testament. We welcome students of all faiths and traditions and our religion courses are taught in a spirit of tolerance and respect.
How can I learn a semester's worth of knowledge in only eight weeks?
Most ADP courses require a considerable amount of independent work before the first class session. This may include reading chapters of text while taking notes in preparation for a test or quiz during the first session, or producing a research paper or analysis before the first night of class. You should prepare 15 to 20 hours for each class session in subsequent weeks. Practical components such as these help to compress the time in which a student processes the elements of a courses curriculum.
In addition, all the classes in the Adult Degree Program are written using Adult Learning Theory, namely, Andragogy. Andragogy seeks to facilitate adult learning by encouraging instructors to tie key concepts of each class to the particular life experiences of each student population. Since our students are all adults with real-life experiences, we've found they are extremely motivated and self-directed learners who do not need the repeated classroom exposure of traditional classes.
What is my financial investment?
To allow for ultimate student flexibility, ADP students are billed for each course individually, rather than by the academic year. Visit the Adult Degree Program Cost for more details. There are no hidden fees or additional charges.
How is tuition reimbursement processed at Concordia?
Contact your employer for their tuition reimbursement process.
How do I apply for financial aid?
You may apply for financial aid through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) online at www.studentaid.ed.gov.