Adult Student at Graduation

Earn Your Degree In As Little As 12 Months!

Have you always wanted to finish that college education? Have you realized that to get ahead in the world you’ll need a college degree? Sure, job performance counts, but so does a college degree. Earn a degree in Human Services, Organization Management or Public Safety Management.

Calumet College of St Joseph is celebrating over 20 years of offering adult accelerated programs in Northwest Indiana and metropolitan Chicago. CCSJ's Degree Completion Programs which are part of the School of Adult Learning, are designed to meet the educational needs of adults unable to complete their degree in the traditional manner. Adults with two years of transferable college credit can earn their degree in 12 to 18 months depending on the program. The programs are designed for maximum convenience for the life of the busy adult.

  • Admissions Process
  • Graduation Requirements
  • Alternative Forms of Credit

Application Process

  • Complete accelerated program Application for Admission (no fee required)
  • Submit official Transcripts for all colleges and universities attended
  • Write admissions essay (if so requested by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid)

Requirements expected of applicants*

  • Minimum of 52 transfer hours
  • Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0/4.0
  • Be 24 years of age or older
  • Have professional work experience

*All application files are evaluated on an individual basis. Certain exceptions may be made to the above requirements depending on circumstances as determined by the Degree Completion Program Admissions Committee.

In order to earn a bachelors degree at Calumet College of St. Joseph you must complete 124 credit hours. The final 30 credit hours must be completed at CCSJ.

There are eight general education classes that are required for graduation. In many cases, the requirements will have already have been met through the transfer process. One course in each of the following areas must be completed prior to graduation:

  • English Composition
  • Mathematics
  • Social Science
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • History
  • Speech
  • Computer Literacy

All of our accelerated programs consist of 14 core courses (courses required within the major) of 3 credit hours each for a total of 42 credit hours.

Options to complete general education and elective credits include alternative forms of credit, in particular the CCSJ LEAP Program, and topics courses. Your Accelerated Program Academic Advisor will keep you updated on your academic progress throughout your studies at CCSJ.

Calumet College of St. Joseph is committed to recognizing the fact that education is a lifelong experience and that adult learners bring with them a rich body of learning experiences outside of the college classroom. It is possible to accelerate your graduation from CCSJ by earning alternative forms of credit. Below are listed some means of obtaining alternative credit hours towards your degree. The College limits alternative forms of credit to 45 credit hours (though ACE credit does not count towards this total).

LEAP (Life Experience Assessment Program Credit)

LEAP has, since the 1970's, been an integral part of CCSJ's approach to providing educational options to adult students. To be considered for LEAP alternative credit, you must attend one of various LEAP seminars held on the CCSJ campus.

The LEAP program gives you an opportunity to earn college credit for what you have learned from a variety of life experiences--at work, in community or religious organizations, in the arts, etc.--by relating what you have learned from these experiences to specific college courses. (Referred to as benchmark courses). Having the experience in and of itself is not enough to earn you credit. You must demonstrate that you acquired the same college level knowledge that you would have acquired if you had actually taken the course you selected as a benchmark. Students seeking life experience credits do so by assembling and submitting a LEAP portfolio, a collection of essays and documentation plus various other LEAP materials.

The faculty evaluator's task is to determine whether you have successfully demonstrated that what you learned from your life experience is equivalent to what students learn in the benchmark course you have cited as part of your request for credit for prior learning through LEAP. Credits awarded through LEAP are posted on your CCSJ transcript with no grade assigned. As such, these credits will not affect your grade point average. You are then billed for the LEAP credits posted on their academic record, by the CCSJ Business Office. You may be able to fulfill one or more academic objectives through a LEAP portfolio. Please be sure to work closely with an academic advisor and faculty in the divisions to explore whether you might be able to.

CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

Computer based tests that allow students the opportunity to earn credit for a variety of courses. Calumet College of St. Joseph is an official test center. More information on CLEP can be found on the Calumet College of St. Joseph website at www.ccsj.edu.



Credit by Examination

A student of Calumet College of St. Joseph in good standing may receive credit for most courses (lab courses excluded) by passing an examination with a grade of A or B. The credit and grade earned are entered on the student’s academic record and counted toward fulfillment of the regular requirements for graduation. Application must be made in the dean’s office. No student may receive credit by examinations for a course in which he or she is currently enrolled or has been previously enrolled for credit or audit.

DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support)

DANTES is a Department of Defense activity established in 1974 to provide programs and services in support of off-duty voluntary education programs in the military. DANTES effects agreements with testing agencies, colleges and universities, and educational associations to provide programs that offer the military student the same educational opportunities available to civilian students.



New York University (NYU) Foreign Language Proficiency Test Credit

Credit can be given for students who can demonstrate college-level proficiency in foreign languages.

ACE (American Council on Education)

The American Council on Education helps adults obtain academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside college and university degree programs. Through a rigorous and judicious process, credit recommendations are made for courses and examinations offered by all types of organizations, including business and industry, labor unions, professional and voluntary associations, schools, training suppliers, and government agencies. (ACE credits do not count towards the 45 credit hour limit for alternative credit at CCSJ)





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