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Division of Continuing Education

Interim Director

Martha VanCleave, Ph.D.

The Division of Continuing Education (DCE) Adult Degree Program (ADP) offers working adults the opportunity to earn a Linfield bachelor’s degree. Majors are available in Accounting, Business Information Systems, International Business, Management, and Marketing. Each major is available in a B.A. or a B.S. degree program. Students may also elect a minor in Environmental Studies. An online R.N. to B.S.N. program is open to registered nurses with active R.N. licenses.

Certificates are available in Accounting, Marketing, Human Resource Management, and Computer Information Systems.

The DCE summer term meets the needs of Linfield residential students who wish to complete Linfield coursework over the summer through evening, weekend and online courses.

Washington Authorization

Linfield College is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Lifield College to advertise, recruit and offer field placements for specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430.

Academic Policies and Procedures

Except when the contrary is explicitly indicated, all provisions of the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog are applicable to the degrees offered through the Division of Continuing Education. (See page 11). Some of these exceptions are repeated below. Additional information is outlined in the DCE Student Handbook.


Those interested in pursuing a degree through the Division of Continuing Education’s ADP may write, call or email the Office of the Division of Continuing Education for an information packet. Complete program information and application forms are also on the website ( Application may be made by (a) completing an application online and (b) arranging to have official transcripts of work at other colleges sent directly to the DCE Office from the registrars of those colleges. Admission may be sought at any time of year, and before or after beginning classes. An application fee of $100 is assessed. Under most circumstances, a student who has earned a GPA of 2.00 or higher in previous college work will be granted admission to Linfield’s ADP. A student who has earned a GPA lower than 2.00 will need to petition the college’s Student Policies Committee for consideration. The petition should include (a) two letters of recommendation, (b) an essay addressing the student’s motivation to succeed academically, and (c) a recommendation from the student’s academic advisor.

Upon occasion, even though a student has earned a GPA of 2.00 or higher, his or her transcripts may indicate reasons to be concerned about his or her ability to succeed in Linfield’s ADP. In those cases, the student will be asked to petition the college’s Student Policies Committee for consideration. The petition will require the same items enumerated in the previous paragraph.

Applicants who are non-native English speakers will be required to show evidence of English proficiency prior to admission. Applicants with TOEFL scores of 550 (paper)/80 with writing subscore of 24 (iBT), or IELTS 6.5 and IELTS academic writing subscore 7.0, are generally eligible for admission with a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in previous college work.

Prospective students may choose to take a Linfield Essay Test in place of the TOEFL. Those who earn a score of 0-3.5 out of a possible 6 on the essay test are not admissible to Linfield. Those who earn a score of 4-5.5 are admitted and are required to complete INQS 126 Inquiry Seminar within their first year in the program. Students who score higher than 5.5 are admitted with no restrictions.


An advisor is available at the following locations: Albany, Astoria, Bend, Coos Bay, Eugene, McMinnville, Portland, and Salem. Students may call the Division of Continuing Education at 1-800-452-4176 to identify an advisor

Credit for Prior Learning

Many adults have acquired college-level learning through experiences outside the classroom. Students may earn academic credit for this learning by demonstrating knowledge and skills in the following ways: (1) a credit for prior learning portfolio for a maximum of 31 semester credits (note that the 30-semester-credit residence requirement still applies) and (2) challenge exams and CLEP exams (up to 30 semester credits combined).

Linfield Entry Colloquium (IDST 008)

This one-credit online course is required within a student’s first year of class attendance. Topics focus on academic and personal issues unique to adult re-entry students with emphasis on developing coping skills for the tasks ahead.

Linfield Curriculum Requirements

ADP students must satisfy the requirements of the Linfield Curriculum as outlined in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

Independent Study

ADP students must have completed 10 credits at Linfield before they will be permitted to undertake an independent study. For a description of the Independent Study option, see the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

Financial Aid

Students may contact the DCE Office for information about eligibility and application procedures for financial aid.

Summer Term

Summer courses are scheduled to meet the needs of students from all three areas of the Linfield community: McMinnville Campus, Portland Campus, and DCE. Courses are chosen from Linfield Curriculum areas and major requirements, and the term lasts 9 weeks. In addition to evening, weekend and online courses, students may participate in regional and international travel courses.

Auditing a Course

Auditing a DCE course (taking it without credit) is permitted on a space-available basis with the consent of the instructor at the regular registration period. Recognition of an audit on the academic record signals that the student has been faithful in attending classes. Failure to attend regularly will be reported by the instructor, and the student will automatically be withdrawn from the course. No credit hours are earned for auditing courses.

Degree Programs

To earn a BA or BS degree, a candidate must complete 125 credits and must achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 (see section on Grades).

Degree programs offered through DCE may be completed on a part-time basis. Courses are taught by full-time Linfield faculty members, qualified people from the faculties of other institutions of higher learning, or practicing professionals or business people. Adjunct faculty are selected by the academic departments of the college to deliver the quality education long associated with the traditional residential program of Linfield.

Courses are offered during the entire year, including summer. Traditional classes meet in the classroom one evening per week or on weekends. Many courses are available online, and some majors may be completed entirely online.

Certificate Programs

DCE students may complete certificates in Accounting (postbaccalaureate only), Computer Information Systems, Human Resource Management and Marketing. Each certificate program consists of a cluster of four to eight courses (12-24 credits). No more than one of the required certificate courses may be earned by portfolio or through coursework transferred from another institution. No more than one course may be used to fulfill both certificate and major requirements. Students enrolled in degree programs on the McMinnville or Portland campus are not eligible for DCE certificates. Contact the DCE office for specific requirements.

Computer Infomation Systems
Human Resource Mangement

R.N. to B.S.N. Deposit

A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required to secure registration in NURS 309. The deposit will be applied to the student’s Linfield College account. Should NURS 309 reach capacity prior to the scheduled deadline, students making deposits will have the option to be wait listed and be transferred to the priority list for the following term. Deadlines for deposits (due in the DCE office) are as follows: July 1 for the Fall cohort, December 1 for the Spring cohort, and April 1 for the Summer cohort. Should a student not submit the $200 non-refundable deposit, registration into NURS 309 will be processed on a rolling basis, determined by the date of registration, until the course limit is reached. For additional information related to this process contact an academic advisor.

Accredited Bachelors Degrees


Business Information Systems

International Business





Minor in Environmental Studies

Certificate Programs


Computer Information Systems

Human Resource Management