Adult Learners

If you are an adult or someone who did not pursue a college degree directly after high school, and you are interested in completing your degree, the NYU SPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies can make that dream a reality.

Going Back to School on Your Own Terms

Many people do not take the traditional path of immediately earning their college degree after high school. Some begin their studies but stop out due to family or work obligations, or financial concerns. If this sounds like you, the NYU Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies can help you to achieve your academic and career goals. We welcome those pursuing adult education and provide the resources and support you need to earn your degree in the way that works best given your specific circumstances.

Attend Our Instant Decision Days!

During these events, you will have the opportunity to meet with Admissions Officers to discuss your application and connect with an academic advisor who can provide guidance on transfer credits. Students with complete applications will receive a decision.

7:00 PM until 8:00 PM EDT

7:00 PM until 8:00 PM EDT

Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies Webinars

Join us in these two virtual sessions to learn more about the NYU SPS Wasserman Center for Career Development and how to navigate financial aid.

Career Resources at NYU SPS

6:00 PM until 7:00 PM EDT

Financial Aid 101: Simplifying the Financial Aid Process

6:00 PM until 7:00 PM EDT


Our undergraduate degree completion programs focus on developing the skills and knowledge that are most important to you. Classes are scheduled to meet the needs of adults who are juggling home and work responsibilities. Academic programs afford immediately applicable skills that can be applied on the job. Stimulating course content is complemented by career development services, tutoring, and faculty mentorship.

Online Bachelor's Degrees

  • Degrees in Leadership and Management (International Business and Global Management Studies Concentration); Information Systems Management; and the Social Sciences (Economics and Organizational Behavior and Change Concentrations)
  • Seamless credit transfer
  • Mix of asynchronous and live online classes, providing flexibility and connection to faculty, advisors, and classmates
  • Access to a full range of academic and career support services
  • Full-time, part-time, and evening schedules
  • No admissions tests or application fees
Adult Learner Studying at Home

Bachelor's Degrees

  • Degrees in the humanities, social sciences, and five professionally focused areas of study
  • Seamless credit transfer
  • On-site campus experience
  • Full-time, part-time, and evening schedules
  • No admissions tests or application fees
Adult Learner Earning Degree Online

Associate Degrees

  • For students who have at least one gap semester from having earned their high school diploma
  • Choose from options that prepare you for a career or additional study at the Bachelor’s level
  • Online and in-person course options available
  • Tuition rates equivalent to community college
  • Full-time, part-time, and evening schedules


Kody Christiansen ‘20

Kody Christiansen has overcome more obstacles than most. At one time homeless and drug dependent, he vowed to change his life and earn his degree. While older than traditional college students, Kody found a home at the NYU SPS Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies (DAUS). As a student in the AA in Liberal Arts, he enhanced his writing skills, developed his critical thinking abilities, and explored a wide range of social issues. Not only did he thrive in our classrooms, he became the president of the Undergraduate Student Council and immersed himself in a wide range of NYU SPS organizations and activities. Today, this award-winning author, professional actor, and aspiring artist is attending Harvard University, where he is continuing his exploration of the liberal arts. The education he received at DAUS gave him the confidence and the credentials to rise above adversity and pursue his dreams.


NYU SPS DAUS is dedicated to your success. We understand that adult education, especially when it involves earning a degree, requires the support of those who have a deep understanding of the needs of adult learners. Our faculty members, staff, and administrators are here to help you every step of the way with a portfolio of programs and services that will ensure you make the most of your NYU academic experience.

• Experts in their fields
• Deeply committed to your success
• Serve as teachers and mentors

• Résumé evaluation/Career counseling
• Mock Interviews/Internships
• Access to job database

Flexible Course Schedules

• Online and on-site programs
• Full- and part-time study
• Courses held in the evening

Academic Resources 

• Academic advising
• Free tutoring services
• Academic enhancement workshops

Credit for Prior Learning

• Reduce time to degree completion
• CLEP and AP exams may apply

• Need- and merit-based
• Financial aid counseling

Seamless Credit Transfer

Articulation agreements with local community colleges
• Transfer from four-year schools

Access to SPS & NYU Resources

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Let Us Help You Take the Next Step in Earning Your Degree

We’re here to help you transition back to the classroom so that you can focus on what matters most—getting a great education. We’ll evaluate any previous credits you’ve earned, help you through the admissions process, discuss your financial aid options, and provide you with a comprehensive degree completion plan. Call or email to set up your Zoom or Skype appointment.


Adult Learner Having Credits Evaulated


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DAUS Faculty

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Kofi Afriyie

Clinical Associate Professor

Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies

Donatella Delfino

Clinical Professor

Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies

Elisa DiCaprio

Clinical Associate Professor

Division of Applied Undergraduate Studies

Upcoming Events
June 30, 2024
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