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Adult Degree Program FAQs

Question Answer
01. Who can apply to the Shaw University Adult Degree Program?
  • Working Professionals, Transfer Students, Veterans, Busy Adults
  • Applicants must have completed at least two years of college coursework
  02.  How much does the Adult Degree Program cost?  $390 per credit
03. When can I start?

Adult Degree Program students can start at six different times throughout the year.

  • Fall I
  • Fall II
  • Spring I
  • Spring II
  • Summer I
  • Summer II
  04. How long will it take to complete a Bachelor’s degree?
  • Depending on accepted transfer credits, students can complete their degree in as little as two years.
  • North Carolina Community College graduates (A.A. and A.S.) are admitted with Junior standing. Shaw will accept up to seventy (70) credits from specified A.A.S. programs for completed courses with a final course grade of “C” or better.
  • Shaw University will review credits earned at prior colleges and universities as part of the advising and registration process. 
  05. How long are the Adult Degree Program classes 
  • Classes are 8-weeks long during the Fall and Spring
  • Classes are 6-weeks long during the Summer
  • Students attend class one night per week
  • Classes are offered year-round during the Fall, Spring, and Summer
  06. Does the Adult Degree Program offer seated or online courses? 


  • Classes are offered in a seated classroom format at the Raleigh Campus
  • Classes are also offered online and hybrid
  07. Does the Adult Degree Program offer financial assistance?
  • Adult Degree Program students receive a discounted tuition rate.
  • The Shaw University Adult Degree Program is eligible for Federal Financial Aid through loans and grants. 
  • Eligible Adult Degree Program students may also qualify for North Carolina State Grant funding.
  08. What majors are offered in the Adult Degree Program?

Majors Offered in a 6 or 8 Week Format

Majors Offered in a Traditional Semester Format

  • Education
    • Birth to Kindergarten
    • Early Child
    • Elementary
    • Lateral Entry
    • Initial License
  • Social Work
  • All Majors are also Offered in a Traditional Semester Format
  09. What are the admissions requirements for the Adult Degree Program 
  • A Shaw University online application for admission
  • High School Degree or Equivalent
  • Official copies of transcript from all colleges or universities previously attended
  • Official Transcript (s) must be sent directly to:
    Office of Admission
    Shaw University
    118 E. South Street
    Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
10. How do I schedule an appointment, or get answers to my other questions?

Please visit the Shaw University Adult Degree Program web site at