Going to College for the First Time

We understand that going to college right out of high school isn’t for everyone. Sometimes it takes a little time to figure out what you want to do and what you need to do it. Our goal is to help you reach your goal. We’ve built the largest adult degree program in the state of Tennessee—helping hundreds of adults achieve their goals. We offer academically rigorous degrees that are substantial, relevant, and attainable. Real life—Real university.

Free evaluation and consultation

To find out if the Adult Degree Completion Program is a fit for you, please complete the form on the right side of the page. Our academic professionals will review your transcripts, discuss your background and goals, and prepare an academic plan designed to let you graduate as quickly as possible. If your prior training and experience qualifies, you could earn up to a maximum of 60 hours of academic credit for what you already know. The evaluation is completely free and allows you to understand exactly what you would need to do to finish your degree.

Available degrees

While any degree offered by MTSU may be used as part of the Adult Degree Completion Program, most of our students find that one the following degrees provides them with the greatest flexibility because of the availability of using Prior Learning Assessment to finish more quickly. All of our degree programs provide an opportunity for several majors and areas of specialization.

College credit for what you already know and have achieved

Through our nationally recognized Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, students have an opportunity to earn as much as 60 hours of college credit for learning gained outside of the traditional college setting. There are numerous ways to earn college credit outside the traditional classrooms, and we will work with you to take advantage of all the methods that are right for you. Many adult students spend years in the workforce or military developing valuable skills, earning certifications, taking continuing education programs, and obtaining licenses for specific functions. At MTSU we have developed a means to turn this prior knowledge into college credit to complete a degree. Students may earn up to 60 hours credit—which equals two years of college credit—for what they already know. The number of credit hours earned depends upon the individual student’s background and experience. We typically see 24–30 hours of credit awarded.


Follow these three steps to get started now:

  1. Fill out the contact form or call us now
  2. Send Your Transcripts
  3. Apply for Admission


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