Division of Professional Studies
Continuing Studies & Workforce Development
Career-Focused, Flexible Programs Designed for Adults
Move your career forward or find a new path in business, technology, education, healthcare, social services and other key fields with an online degree or skill-building certificate through the Division of Professional Studies at Saint Francis University.
In our online courses and workforce trainings, you will find:
- Faculty who bring real-world expertise into the classroom.
- In-demand programs that fill a workforce need.
- Transfer-friendly online degrees that fit your schedule.
Why Saint Francis?
Experience Impact-Driven Online Programs
Values-driven professionals who want to make a difference are always in demand.
Whether you study on campus or pursue your degree 100% online, the Saint Francis University promise is the same for every student. We will help you to “become that someone” who makes an impact in your chosen field. We offer a free review of your transcript(s) for earned credits from an accredited college or university.
Honoring Your Past Experience, Supporting Your Future Goals
Your success team knows that college holds different challenges for working adults. As an online student at Saint Francis, you will have the personalized advising and support you need to be successful.
Professional Studies: Online Degrees
Online Undergraduate Degrees
Accelerated Online Graduate Degree Paths
- Accounting to MBA - 23/24
- Computer Systems Management to MBA - 23/24
- Management to MBA - 23/24
- Management to MHRM - 23/24
- Organizational Leadership to MBA - 23/24
View shorter online and in-person programs here.
Applications are always open.
Applications for most online adult education programs are accepted on a rolling basis with opportunities to start any time of the year. In fact, we have two starts per semester, typically the beginning of the semester and mid-semester.
Skill Building Certificates & Workforce Development
Animal-Assisted Health & Education (online)
Partner with animals in the mission to improve human health and performance.
Aviation Specialization/Pilot's Training
Students may earn a pilot's license while completing a college degree online or on-campus, or opt for the flight school-only path.
Business Skills Certificates (online)
Valuable to those beginning careers or to those changing career directions.
Home Brewing Micro-Credential & Brewing Certificate (Online)
Tier 1 (the micro-credential) is designed for learners who seek an introduction or guidance to homebrewing. Tier 2 (the certificate) provides learners with knowledge and experience to qualify for entry level jobs in a brewery. Digital badging credential included.
New Programs: Under Development
- Aviation Maintenance Technician (anticipated 2024, in-person Johnstown)
- Patient Care Technician (anticipated 2024, in-person Altoona)
Staff members within the Division of Professional Studies are experienced in working with adult students like you. We are available to answer your questions and guide you through our extensive portfolio of program offerings to help you find the right path to meet your goals.
Connect with us!
Call us: 1-800-457-6300
Dean of the Division of Professional Studies
Dr. Tricia McFadden
Ms. Sherri Link
Director of Academic and Student Affairs
Ms. Gabrielle Cronin
Associate Director of Operations
Online Academic Advisor
Operations & Events Specialist
Director Aviation Maintenance Tech. Program
Degree and certificate programs offered through the Division of Professional Studies are taught by an advantageous mix of accomplished SFU faculty and industry experts who are passionate about teaching adult learners.
In our online courses, you will find faculty who:
- bring real-world expertise into the classroom.
- tailor their online courses to best deliver the subject matter.
- are trained in effective online teaching styles and technology tools.
- Completed application: online application
- Official transcripts for all post-secondary study (If no prior college courses, then a copy of your high school transcripts or GED required)
- Visiting Students (non-SFU students taking individual courses) complete the Non Degree Application
Attention Prospective Online Students Residing Outside of Pennsylvania
According to higher education regulations, Saint Francis University and its online/distance education courses and programs must be authorized in certain states prior to offering those courses or programs to students residing in those states. Prospective students residing outside of Pennsylvania should consult the University’s State Authorization web page to determine their eligibility for admission to our online programs or enrollment in an online course.
Important Note: If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license or certification in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning the academic program located outside your state.
Questions may be directed to (814) 472-3199.
Student Complaint Resolution
Student Identity Verification for Online Learning
Saint Francis University does not charge a fee for student identity verification for online learning. Any required travel to campus for student identity verification for online learning would be indicated prior to and during the registration process through publications such as course syllabi, the University's website, or the course catalog.
Schedule of Classes
Next Session: March 11, 2024
There is still time to register for our upcoming classes. See a class you want to register to take? Connect with us to make sure space is still available.
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