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Division of Continuing Education - Adult Degree Programs

Director of Online and Continuing Education

Laura Brener M.A.

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, Global Health, or Health Administration. An online R.N. to B.S.N. program is open to registered nurses with active R.N. licenses.

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

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 ( Applicants to Linfield College’s Adult Degree Program must have official transcripts sent from all regionally accredited post-secondary institutions that they have previously attended.

In order to be admissible, an applicant must have a cumulative GPA from all past college coursework at or above a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students who have never attended a regionally accredited college must provide proof of a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. Exceptions must be petitioned through the Student Policies Committee.

Due to federal regulations governing online programs and international students, applicants who are not U.S. citizens or who are not permanent residents in the U.S. may not be admitted to an online program through Linfield’s Adult Degree Program while they are visiting the U.S.

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.


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

Students seeking to receive Title IV financial aid must have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent under federal regulations. Alternatively, students may have completed a minimum of 60 transferrable semester credits at the community college level. Official transcripts must be provided in order to determine transferrable credits. Transferrable credits are ones that may be transferred according to Linfield College policy toward a Linfield degree.

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


 Tuition    $450 per credit
 Audit    225 per credit
 Online Fee    50 per credit/maximum 150 per course
 Late Registration Fee    50
 Application Fee - Degree    100
 Application Fee - Certificate    50
 Major Change Fee    50
 Credit by Examination    395
 Evaluation Fee (CPL, ACE) (per semester credit    40
 Mini Portfolio  (3-5 credits)  75
 Standard Portfolio  (0-15 credits)  325
   (16-24 credits)  425
   (25-31 credits)  525
 R.N. to B.S.N Program    
 Liability Insurance Fee    60 Billed annually at registration beginning with NURS 309
 NURS 309 non-refundable deposit    200
 NURS 475 clinical placement fee  (applied as a course fee)  100


Students must contact the DCE office to drop a class and request a refund. Students receive a 100% tuition refund if they drop a DCE class before the end of the first week of the semester or term or by the end of the first weekend of a weekend class. No refunds shall be issued after 60% of a period of enrollment has passed. Fees for travel courses and online course fees are generally not refundable after the last day of registration.

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.

If a student does 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.

Degree Programs

To earn a B.A. or B.S. degree, a candidate must complete the degree requirements for all campuses.

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.

Accredited Bachelors Degrees


Business Information Systems

International Business





Minor in Environmental Studies

Global Health

Health Administration

Certificate Programs


Computer Information Systems

Global Health

Health Administration

Human Resource Management