How Our Programs Work

Adults going back to college face unique challenges. At Thomas Edison State College, all of our programs work around the needs of busy adults.

You can access your courses at times convenient for you and where you want, whether it's at home, at work, the library, on the road or anywhere else. The first step is determining what you want to study. We offer degree programs and certificates in more than 100 areas of study.

For Undergraduate Students
Once you apply, you will receive an academic evaluation that reviews any college transcripts, military training, professional training and professional licenses or certifications you may have completed or earned. If you have any previously earned college credits, we want to know about them because we have a generous credit transfer policy.

This academic evaluation gives you an idea of how many credits you will need to complete your degree. You’ll need 60 credits to complete an associate degree and 120 credits for a bachelor's degree.

The next step is to enroll.  New undergraduate terms begin every month, 12 months a year, so you can enroll and register for your first course whenever you are ready.  We offer courses in a variety of formats designed to meet your individual learning style, or how you like to learn.

Thomas Edison State College does not require you to attend class at a specific place and time. There are no set times to log on for any lectures or online events. Most courses are structured on a 12-week schedule.

Apply for undergraduate study.

For Graduate Students
Once you’ve been accepted to pursue an online graduate program, you will start your program during one of four start dates. Courses are sequential, but you can take one course at a time and you can complete your course work any way you like as long as you make your deadlines.  You may work in a small group with other students, which is common among our graduate students. 

Apply for graduate study.

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Information Sessions are held throughout the year and provide prospective students with the opportunity to meet College staff and learn more about the admissions process, financial aid, enrolling and what it is like taking an online course.

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