School of Professional Programs

Specializing in the Adult Student

Our mission is to  provide quality driven adult education built on a strong liberal arts foundation that will embolden and enhance the ability of professionals to succeed in a global economy. The adult student can choose to pursue an undergraduate degree, professional certification, or executive-level training, either on campus or online. 

What is an Adult Student? Defined at Marist as someone who attends college in a non-typical way.  

What does that mean? It means our adult students usually balance work, family, and other life committments and are typically older than 25, commute to campus, and attend classes part time.

How do we specialize?  We offer various options to complete your undergraduate degree. Formats such as 100% online, classroom mixed with online, as well as weekend and evening classes. Our transfer credit friendly options allow students to maximize use of credits earned from previous colleges/universities, ACE-accredited professional certifications, and credit for certain life work experiences.  


Virtual Town Hall with President David Yellen

On March 4, 2019, President Yellen was available during a Virtual Town Hall event to answer questions from our students at a distance.  Check out the questions and answers from your peers during this 30 minute session hosted by the Dean of the School of Professional Programs, Danny Szpiro.  

For more videos and town hall events, visit our online channel.  


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Message from the Dean

Thank you for visiting the School of Professional Programs site to learn more about our programs. Our school's programs are designed with the career interests and practical needs of adult learners in mind. Whether you are interested in completing an undergraduate degree, completing one of our professional certificate programs, or taking advantage of our non-credit programs, the School of Professional Programs offers a quality education based on the proven areas of expertise within Marist College.


Dr. Daniel A. Szpiro, Dean

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