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Bachelor's Degree for Professionals

Complete your bachelor's degree on your own schedule

Flexibility & Convenience

Designed for busy adults like you, we offer an accelerated program with four 11-week terms per year.

For greater flexibility, you can begin classes at any term.

Admission Requirements

Fast Track Admission Decision

Find out if you’re admitted in 30 minutes and 3 easy steps.

  1. Schedule an appointment
  2. Bring your transcripts
  3. Meet with an Admission Counselor
Schedule an Appointment

The Bachelor's Degree for Professionals program has set minimum requirements to ensure that the professional orientation of the program is maintained. You may apply if you:

  1. Have graduated from high school or possess a G.E.D. certificate.
  2. Have completed 12 transferable semester hours of college credit.
  3. Have substantial work experience.
  4. Are at least 25 years of age*.
  5. Have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.25.

*An exception may be made to the age requirement on a case by case basis. Please contact an admission counselor for more information.


Transfer Credit

You may transfer a maximum of 70 credits from a community college. Once you have completed 70 semester credits, no further credit transfers are allowed from community colleges. However, upper division credits earned at a four-year college are excluded from the 70-credit limitation. 30 of the last 40 credits must be done in residence at Cal Lutheran.

A maximum of 20 credits of correspondence and/or extension work may be applied toward your degree, but not toward your major.

Generally, transfer credit is not allowed for the following types of classes:

  • basic or manual skills such as typing or stenography
  • vocational or technical skills
  • personal enrichment (continuing education or certification)
  • remedial courses or duplication of previous courses.
Provisional Admission

If you are unable to obtain an official transcript prior to the beginning of classes, you may be provisionally admitted for one term by submitting an unofficial transcript. You must also complete the admission procedures outlined above prior to registration. The official transcripts must be submitted prior to registering for a second term.

Readmission of Former Students

If you were formerly enrolled as a Professionals student but have not attended four or more consecutive semesters, you must apply for readmission by submitting an updated application form and meeting with an admission counselor. The curriculum requirements in effect at the time of your readmission will be applicable.

Concurrent Enrollment

If you are admitted as a Professional student and wish to enroll in courses within the traditional Cal Lutheran program or in another college or university, you must obtain approval from the director of the Professionals program and the University registrar prior to enrolling in the course. Normally, requests for concurrent enrollment at another institution will not be granted unless you demonstrate a compelling need to take the course at that location.

Course Load

Since most students are also employed, a normal course load is considered to be two courses per term (six to eight credits). The number of credits you take, however, is up to you as long as you don't exceed 10 credits per term. For financial aid and veteran's benefits, half time is considered to be four credits and full time is eight credits. The program offers a variety of courses and provides ample scheduling flexibility so that earning your degree is compatible with your lifestyle.

Student Standing
  • Freshman = 0-29 units
  • Sophomore = 30-59 units
  • Junior = 60-89 units
  • Senior = 90 + units
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