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MCLA Degree Completion Program

Degree completion graduateThe MCLA Degree Completion Program is designed for the adult learner seeking an accelerated, non-traditional pathway to completing a bachelors degree. Each program is in a cohort-style learning format, in which students begin their course of study with a group of their peers and proceed through the program together. Classes are offered in the evening and online to help students meet the demands of work, family, and their studies.

Prior learning credits are available for work and life experience.  Additional college credits may be awarded via the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Program Details

  • Cohort-style learning provides peer support for the adult learner who is managing work and family demands.
  • Students can complete in just over two years with year-round classes.
  • Classes are offered in Pittsfield and North Adams.
  • Seven-week sessions with meetings four hours per week.
  • Opportunity to earn credit for life and work experience where students document prior experience and gain up to 30 credits.
  • Financial aid is available to those who qualify.
  • Applicants should have an Associate's Degree to be considered for admission. Consideration given to students with 45-60 transfer credits.

Learn About the Degree Completion Programs

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Social Media and Marketing Manager Francesca Shanks talks to Lucas Polidoro, who teaches in the degree completion program; Josh Mendel, the director of division and outreach for MCLA’s continuing education programs; and Kelly Phillips, an alumna of the early childhood degree completion program who works at Child Care of the Berkshires in North Adams.

Quick Links

For specific questions or to schedule an appointment with a college counselor, contact:

Joshua Mendel
Director of Recruitment and Outreach
Division of Grad. & Continuing Education

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