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School of Professional Programs

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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 are usually older than 25, commute to campus, attend classes part time, and balance work, family, and other life committments.  

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.  

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Virtual Town Hall with President David Yellen

On October 17, 2018, 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 45 minute session moderated by the Dean of the School of Professional Programs, Danny Szpiro.  

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Message from the Dean

The School of Professional Programs' educational opportunities 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 educational experience based on the proven areas of expertise within Marist.


Dr. Daniel A. Szpiro, Dean

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