The Professional Studies Program

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Support for Adult Learners

The Professional Studies Program consists of three “intensive” Bachelor completion programs:  Human Services, Business, and Liberal Studies.  Human Services and Business have classes on four campuses:  in Belmont, at Mission College in Santa Clara, at Canada College in Redwood City, and in Tracy, California.  The programs are “intensive” (or “accelerated”) because they meet less frequently than a traditional class.  In addition, in 2017 the programs added a weekend hybrid option, which meets in person less frequently.

These programs have been in place since 1989 and our alumni have gone on to graduate programs and to career success in a number of fields.  This page focuses on some of the resources that are available for students who are working adults.  It is under construction this summer as we create links to and descriptions of the unique and individualized ways that NDNU helps adult students to create a graduation plan that best enables their success.


Admissions information

Credit for Prior Learning

Paying for College

Affordability, Scholarships, and Other Resources


Academic Support


Library Resources


Students with Disabilities

Career Services

Student Success Center


  1.  I am a working adult, but I don’t know who to contact with my questions.
  2. Am I eligible for Financial Aid?
  3. What IS an “adult learner?”
  4. How do I choose a major?
  5. Will I be the oldest student in class?
  6. What are my next steps?


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