Professional Studies Major Frequently Asked Questions

Information on the Professional Studies Undergraduate Degree Program

How do I get started?
Fill out the Marist application for admissions and submit to Undergraduate Admission along with sealed official college transcripts and $50.00 (non-refundable) application fee. You will also need to submit a current resume and 750 word personal essay.
We will send you a transcript evaluation at which point you make an appointment to register with an academic advisor.

What if I do not have transcripts?
You can contact your previous institutions and request your transcripts be sent to Marist or you can fill out our Transcript Request Form and send it to your previous college(s). They will, in turn, send the transcripts directly to Marist.

What should the personal essay include?
Your essay is used as a writing sample for admission. Students can choose a topic of their choice or provide information about themselves and their work and college background, what traits and characteristics they possess and how that could be applied as a Professional Studies major, and finally what their future goals are after graduation.

Is there campus housing for adult undergraduate students?
No, campus housing is not available for students over the age of 22. However, off campus housing listings are available in our Residence Life Office.

Are prior college credits or work experience required?
Previous academic and professional experience is not required. Students who have complete prior academic credits or have significant professional experience should consider completing a Prior Learning application to gain college credit toward the completion of their new degree. Learn more.

What is the tuition for Professional Studies adult undergraduate students?
The current rate is $650 per credit for the 2016-2017 academic year. Read more about the tuition rate for the Professional Studies degree.

Is financial assistance available?
Need-based financial assistance is available for matriculated students enrolled in at least six credits in the form of loans and scholarships. For consideration, students must complete the FAFSA  (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at For specific questions concerning financial aid, you may visit the Office of Student Financial Services or call (845) 575-3230. You can also download the latest version of Marist's Affordability Guide which provides useful information about financial aid, grants, scholarships, loan programs, and more. Read more about financial assistance for Professional Studies students.

Are There Military Benefits for Adult Education Students?
The design of the Professional Studies degree and the flexibility that students are given in designing their program provides veterans with a smooth transition into higher education studies. Learn more.

Are there scholarships available?
Yes. The Adult Learner Grant is awarded upon acceptance for students enrolling full or part-time. Awards range from $750 - $1,500 per semester. Students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA and 60 transfer credits. Also, the Marist Scholarship for Academic Excellence is awarded upon acceptance to students enrolling full-time (12 credits or more). Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and 60 transferable credits. Awards may be upwards of $2,500 per semester. Read more about scholarships for Professional Studies adult undergraduate students.

How many credits and courses are required to complete the BA / BS in Professional Studies degree?
Students must complete a minimum of 30 credits at Marist to earn an undergraduate degree. Credits and course requirements are based on each individual student's academic background.  Students can set their own pace to meet personal and professional goals. The Professional Studies Major can be completed in various formats. Contact the admission advisor to create a customized degree plan. Read more about the credits required to complete the Professional Studies degree.

How are the courses formatted?
Courses at Marist are designed to fit the unique needs of our students. Marist offers both part-time and full-time course loads as well as on-ground and online formats. Classes are offered in the 15-week format during the day and evening on campus, and online in accelerated 8-week courses; and in a 6-week  hybrid cohort at the Fishkill Executive Center. Read more about the course format of the Professional Studies degree.

How long does it take to complete the Professional Studies degree?
Students are able to complete their studies online, in a traditional classroom setting, or in a hybrid structure of both depending on their needs. Read more about the time and course formats available.

How do I obtain my books if I am completing an online program or course?
Textbooks can be ordered online and shipped through the Marist College Bookstore. Read more about obtaining books for online courses.

Are there standardized tests required?
Standardized tests are not required for admission. Read more about the admission selection process for the Professional Studies program.

What is the application deadline for admission?
The preferred application* deadlines are:
Fall: Aug. 1
Spring/January: Nov. 1
Spring/ March: Nov. 1

*Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Read more about the application deadlines for the Professional Studies degree.

Can I meet with an Admission Advisor?
Yes. One-on-one advisement is available every day. You can request an appointment by calling the Office of Undergraduate Admission at 845-575-3226. You can email an advisor at Read more about the benefits of scheduling an appointment with an admission advisor.

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