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Adult Learners


Opportunities for

Adult Learners

Our growing degree programs and courses are designed for working adults. 

Earn your professional certification, undergraduate, or graduate degree from NKU at a time and place convenient to you.

The diversity of the programs means you can fulfill your true potential in a variety of highly sought-after fields.  

Adult Learner Programs & Services (ALPS)

ALPS is dedicated to assisting adult students in the NKU community through advising, campus resources, and educational pursuits. ALPS brings together the campus community to offer programs that are accessible, flexible, and geared towards the academic success of our adult students.


Start the process of earning your online degree today. Explore our programs and chat with our program specialists. Find your spark today!

Credit for Prior Learning

College-level learning acquired through non-college experience is called prior learning. Credit is not granted for the experiences you have had, but rather for the learning that has resulted from those experiences. 

Graduate Education

Our full-time, part-time and online programs allow you to customize a path to success. 

Whether looking to advance your career or unleash your passion, we have the master’s, post-master’s, doctoral and certificate programs to shape your future.

Project Graduate

Project Graduate is a statewide initiative to assist adult learners who have accumulated 80 credit hours to return to finish their first bachelor's degree.


GED-Based Scholars is a program dedicated to meet the needs of adult students who wish to earn their GED while working towards their four-year degree at NKU.

Donovan Scholars

The Herman L. Donovan Fellowship for Older Adults program allows Kentucky residents 65 years of age or older to pursue credit-bearing coursework at NKU for a degree or for personal enrichment without payment of application fees or tuition.


Micro-credentials can demonstrate your mastery of relevant workplace skills, abilities and competencies, which is professionally invaluable not only to you, but also to your employer. NKU micro-credentials may be displayed on online platforms—including your LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook pages—as well as on your resume as you look to secure a job or advance professionally.