Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies has a long history of offering career-relevant programs to adults and working professionals. The following undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs are now delivered to students around the world in a fully online format. Click on a program name for more information.
The BA in individualized studies degree, often referred to as the BAIS, is ideally suited to employed adult learners who have already earned some college credit and are looking for a timely and cost efficient vehicle to complete their undergraduate degrees. The course work has an intense practical orientation which enables students to immediately apply the business theory and technological skills learned to their day-to-day working lives. This degree offers specializations in Business, Communications, Applied Technology, Liberal Arts and Public Service Administration.
The Associate in Arts degree with a Liberal Arts major is a 60-credit undergraduate degree. Adult students with little or no college credit have the option of earning an AA, either as a terminal degree or as a step on the way towards earning a bachelor's degree. All credits earned for the AA can roll directly into the BA in Individualized Studies.
Professional certificates are available in Disaster & Emergency Management*, Transit Safety & Security*, Security and Terrorism Studies, Leadership Administration, Homeland Security Studies,and Sports Administration Studies. These 18 credit certificates will testify to a student’s professional expertise in the given areas before fulfilling all the requirements of his or her undergraduate degree. All course work completed for the certificates can count toward fulfilling a student’s undergraduate degree requirements.
*The certificates in Transit Safety & Security and Disaster & Emergency Management were developed in collaboration with the National Guard Bureau.
The MAS is a 30 credit graduate degree program designed to develop critical managerial skills and leadership effectiveness. It is structured to address the career development needs of adult learners working in administrative and professional positions in the government and military, as well as the public and non-profit sectors. The curriculum is structured to enable students to earn certificates in a variety of disciplines that will advance their professional credentials as they pursue their master’s degree.
Master of Science in Homeland Security (MSHS)
The MSHS is a 36 credit graduate program that focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of enforcing and ensuring homeland security. There is a strong emphasis on leadership throughout the program. The degree offers specializations in Terrorism and Security Studies, Emergency Management, and Leadership.
Master of Sports Administration (MSA)
The MSA is a 36 credit graduate program that focuses on practical and theoretical aspects of the various components relative to the administration and management of sports personnel and facilities, recreation and fitness programs/businesses, health facilities, coaching, and recreational activities. The degree offers areas of specialization in Sports Administration, Coaching Theory & Strategies, and Recreation Administration.
There is a wide variety of 12-credit graduate certificates within the MAS program that can be earned alone or as part of the degree. Professional certifications in Global Security and Terrorism Studies, Emergency Management Administration, and Computer Security & Forensic Administration were developed in collaboration with the National Guard Bureau. Additional certificates include Global Leadership & Administration, Global Health & Human Services Administration, Constuction Leadership & Administration, Law & Public Safety Administration, Human Resource Administration, Non-Porfit Organizational Development, and School Security & Safety Administration.