Dean's Welcome

Welcome to the Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University!

Dean Lisa Braverman

Since becoming dean of the College in 2016, I have come to recognize a common trait among our very diverse student populations, which is that they share a steadfast determination to complete their studies and reach long-held educational goals. Whether they are completing a degree program or seeking one or more professional certifications, have been away from the world of higher education for just a few months or many years, have found their place in the world and want to advance in it or are still in the process of discovering who they are and what it is they want to do with their lives, Petrocelli students’ focus is on the future, and they are determined to do whatever it takes to turn their dreams into a reality.

Our mission at Petrocelli is to provide the knowledge, skills, and academic credentials they – and you – need to do just that and to help change lives.

How do we do this? By offering a collection of targeted undergraduate, graduate, and professional certificate programs that are specifically designed to meet your needs, no matter where you are in the learning cycle. We also do this by streamlining the admission process and making your entry or return to the world of higher education as seamless as possible. We take your life experiences into account and assist you in turning them into academic credit, allowing you to achieve your goals more quickly. We provide meaningful financial advisement that will help you understand and navigate the complexities of financial aid and take advantage of any and all University and government funding available to you. And we create a warm and welcoming learning environment where you will thrive and grow – both professionally and personally!

At Petrocelli, you will receive a unique, streamlined, and hands-on educational experience that is sculpted to fit your individual needs. You will learn from outstanding faculty who possess first-hand experience in the role that you seek and have infused andragogy – also known as adult-focused pedagogy – into their curricula. And you will be joined in your educational pursuits by fellow students with goals similar to your own whose experiences will enhance your leaning and broaden your scope.

The pursuit of learning is lifelong. No matter where you are in your educational journey, it is never too late to pursue your goals and start living the life you are dreaming about! In fact, focusing on the future is a commonality we share with our students. We are in a period of reinvention and innovation at Petrocelli, and are excited about what the future holds, both for the College, and our students.

More than 15,000 students have chosen Petrocelli to help their dreams take flight. I invite you to join them.

Again, welcome to Petrocelli College!

Lisa Braverman, Ph.D.
Dean, Petrocelli College of Continuing Studies
Phone: (201)-692-2671


Kate Zatz, BA, MA, Ed.M., Ed.D.
Assistant Dean, School of Administrative Science
Phone: (201)-692-6522

Lorraine S. Nienstedt, BA, MAS, CPM
Assistant Director, School of Administrative Science
Phone: 201-692-7172 or 7171(Voice)
Fax: 201-692-7179

Dr. Aixa Ritz
Interim Director, International School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
Phone: (201) 692-7272

Fernando Alonso , J.D.
Director, Puerta Al Futuro program
Phone: (201)-692-2625

Continuing Education

Deborah A. Fredericks, CFP, CPM, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Continuing Education and Learning Outcomes Assessment
Phone: (201)-692-6509

Christopher DeGisi

Senior Program Director, Continuing Education
Phone: (973)-443-8624
Human Resources Certificate Program

Karen Nelson

Senior Program Director, Continuing Education
Phone: (201)-692-6510
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