Adult & Professional Studies Program

10 Campuses. 100% Online Programs. Accelerated classes.

Become the person YOU were called to be!

Regardless of degree level, program, area of study, or even your location, as an NCWU student, you’ll benefit from a personal, practical, and purpose-driven education delivered by understanding and expert faculty whose calling is to help you succeed. With flexible formats of study designed for working professionals, NCWU’s Adult & Professional Studies online education programs are designed to give adult learners the freedom to balance their degree work to meet personal, career and life goals.

North Carolina Wesleyan University’s Adult & Professional Studies are nonresidential, baccalaureate degree programs designed for mature adults who are highly motivated and capable of self-directed learning. Adult learners can take advantage of 8-week, hybrid and online classes, as well as opportunities for earning credit through alternative options such as CLEP and DSST testing.

Step into your calling and get ready to advance your career, increase your earning potential and maintain job security!


  • 100% online programs
  • 6 and 8-week terms
  • 10 campus locations
  • Opportunities for earning credit through CLEP and DSST testing
  • Dedicated support from faculty and advisors

What type of format is the Adult & Professional Studies Program?

The Adult & Professional Studies program offers a regionally accredited accelerated bachelor’s program designed to meet the needs of adult students. Through this program, students have access to:

  • 6 and 8-week online courses
  • Seated classes meet one-night-per-week for four hours
  • Fully online programs available
  • Full-time or part-time course loads depending on your needs
  • Personalized academic pathway

How long does it take to complete the Adult & Professional Studies Program?

The Adult & Professional Studies program can be completed in 1.5 – 3 years, depending on transfer credits. You can choose to take full-time or part-time course loads depending on your needs. Seated classes meet one-night-per-week for four hours.

What majors or programs are offered?

The Adult & Professional Studies program offers a variety of majors in today’s leading industries. Students can choose to focus on one major, double major and add on a variety of minors including human resources, leadership, psychology and many more!

Undergraduate Programs


Only 1 semester (16 weeks) and courses transfer into bachelor programs!

Graduate Programs

What is the admissions process for APS?

The admissions process is easy as 1-2-3 and can be completed quickly!

  1. APPLY
    Complete our FREE Application online here
    • Have all your official college transcripts sent to or mailed to the Welcome Center at the Rocky Mount Campus.
    • Each school you attended will have their own transcript request form/process accessible on their individual websites. NOTE: If you have at least 12 hours of college credit, you do not need to submit your high school transcript.
    Once accepted, schedule an in-person or virtual orientation with your location advisor

For students using financial aid: Complete your Free Federal Application for Financial Aid at (FAFSA school code 002951). This application is used to determine federal and state grants, as well as, federal loans. Students are NOT required to borrow student loans and all are encouraged to complete the FAFSA to determine grant eligibility.

What is the tuition costs for APS?

Benchmarked against many of North Carolina’s public institutions such as NC State, NC Wesleyan offers an affordable tuition rate with minimal fees. Students have access to a variety of federal, state and institutional grants.


2024-2025 Academic Year (June – July)

  • $435 per credit hour, $5,220 for a full-time course load of two classes per 8-week session
  • $50 Technology Fee for every 8-week term that you are enrolled
  • $125 Graduation Fee (One-time fee added to your account when you apply for graduation)

What types of financial aid can I receive?

There are many types of financial aid available for each adult studies student. Below are a quick list of types of aid.

Financial Aid:

Students are considered full-time by taking two classes every 8-weeks

Federal Pell Grant
Amounts determined by FAFSA application

North Carolina Need-Based Scholarship (NCNBS)
Amount determined by FAFSA and NC Residency applications

Phi Theta Kappa
Fall & Spring. You must be enrolled full-time.

2+ Wesleyan Grant
per semester for select community college graduates

United Methodist Award
Equivalent to 20% of tuition. Must be a member of the United Methodist Church and submit an application and a letter of reference from a pastor.

Military Scholarship
Dependent on number of credits, equivalent to 10% of tuition. All active duty, veterans and spouses for all branches of the military, including the National Guard and Coast Guard. Must submit DD-214 or military ID.

Public Service Scholarship
Equivalent to 10% of tuition. All police, fire and EMS employees. Find out more about this Public Service Award.

Department of Public Safety (DPS) Employees
Equivalent to 22% of tuition. Must provide proof of employment.

Where are the regional campus locations for APS?

Through our partnerships with North Carolina Community Colleges, NC Wesleyan has 10 campuses. At each campus, students will have access to a dedicated student advisor that will assist them with all aspects of going back to college. Consider it a one-stop-shop!

Who is eligible for Adult & Professional Studies?

NCWU Adult Studies admissions is open to all persons who meet the following criteria:

• Have completed an application to the appropriate location.
• At least 21 years of age (or an approved age waiver)

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24/7 Tutoring Services. Free & Easy.

North Carolina Wesleyan University is partnered with Brainfuse, a complimentary online tutoring service, provided to all Wesleyan students. This service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and features live tutoring in the subjects of writing, reading, math, computer and technology, science and business.

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Choose from 10 Campuses

The main campus of NC Wesleyan University is located in Rocky Mount, NC, where the university serves adults pursuing degrees through the Adult & Professional Studies program, as well as residential and commuting traditional students. Adult students have many choices throughout NC to attend any of our 10 satellite campuses.

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8-week Hybrid & Online Classes

Whether you want to be more marketable in your organization, career, or life in general get the competitive advantage with NC Wesleyan’s Adult Studies degree programs. Our coursework includes one-night-per week classes, hybrid classes, and online classes. Some degrees can be completed 100% online. Not all degrees are offered at all locations.

My Wesleyan Adult Studies Experience

Career Services for Adult & Professional Studies Students

We Are Here To Help You Succeed!

Wesleyan is dedicated to assisting students in their professional development offering resources and guidance for hands-on learning experiences through internships, assignments within the courses and job search resources. Let us help you focus on your education and career at the same time!

Professional Development

Most of our professional development courses are 100% online. Check out course topics below or view our complete list at

• Human Resources
• Management & Leadership
• Customer Service
• Marketing & Social Media
• Sales
• Workforce Compliance
• Teaching & Education
• IT Certifications
• Business

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs about adult student admission requirements, financial aid, FASFA Code, campus life and the Rocky Mount region…it’s all here.