Common Questions

Is this a full-time or part-time program?
The answer depends upon the number of credits you take each semester. To be considered full-time, you must take 12-15 hours per semester. Typical Adult Studies students take nine credits per semester, which is considered three-fourths time.

When and where do classes meet?
Classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and online. On week nights, classes meet 6–10 p.m. Students in the majors will be assigned a night when enrolled in a cohort. The specific offerings for the courses are listed in the foundational/elective course schedule.

Will I earn a real degree in the Adult Studies program?
Yes. Upon completion of your program, you will earn a bachelor of science degree in your chosen area (professional communication, church ministries, management or human services). You will need a minimum of 124 credit hours to earn a bachelor’s degree from Evangel.

How much does the program cost?
Adult Studies courses range from $215-$300 per credit hour for the 2013-2014 school year. Click here to learn more.

Is financial aid available?
Yes, federal financial aid is available to Adult Studies students. To apply, please fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and make sure to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool when you apply. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool allows you to access the IRS tax return information needed to complete the FAFSA. Evangel’s school code is 002463. For more assistance, please contact Ronda Thomas in Student Financial Services.

Do I have to have an ACT/SAT score?
No, you are not required to have an ACT/SAT score to be admitted.

How do I apply to the Adult Studies program?
You will need to complete an online application and provide the following:

Official college transcripts addressed to:

Evangel University
Adult Studies Admissions
1111 N. Glenstone Ave.
Springfield, MO 65802

Two letters of recommendation (after submitting your application, submit via the “References” link)

    • One pastoral or church leader
    • One personal or academic

How long does it take to receive an admissions decision?
Most admissions decisions are made within 24 hours after you submit your application and supporting documents.

How do I schedule classes after I’m accepted?
After you are admitted to the program, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will contact you and set up an advising appointment. Your academic advisor will provide class selection and registration guidance and will remain your point of contact throughout your college program.

I don’t have 60 credit hours. Can I still enroll in the Adult Studies program?
Absolutely! You can enter the program at any time, but you will need to earn 60 credit hours before you can start taking courses in your major. We offer general education courses in the same format (one night per week for five weeks) as the major courses.

Does Evangel accept credits from several years ago?
Yes, we review all previous credits, regardless of the time period. You will receive an evaluation transcript that shows credits accepted from other institutions and applied toward your degree at Evangel.

How many credit hours of major courses are required?
All programs include 48 core credit hours of major courses. You must take a minimum of 30 hours of college credit at Evangel to receive a degree from Evangel.

Can I take more than one class at a time?
Yes, although we encourage students to only take one course at a time until they become more accustomed to the accelerated pace of Adult Studies classes.

What is the maximum number of credits I can take each semester?
Typically, you can take 12-15. Most students take 12 or fewer credits per semester.

How can I graduate with honors?
In the case of transfer students, at least 60 credit hours must be earned at Evangel University with a grade point average of 3.6 or above. Credits based on life/work experience or testing are not included in the 60 hours required for honors.

Can I get credit for work/life experience?
Adult Studies students can take the Prior Learning Seminar which is a one credit hour course that allows you to earn up to 22 credit hours for work/life experience. After completing this course, you will be eligible to submit a portfolio which will be evaluated by the appropriate academic department for credit.

Can I test out of courses?
Evangel offers College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DSST testing which allows you to test out of certain courses. There are two divisions of CLEP exams: General CLEP exams must be taken prior to the completion of 56 college credits and Subject CLEP exams do not have a credit limitation.

Will other colleges accept the credits I earn at Evangel?
Acceptance of credit in transfer is always at the discretion of the receiving institution. Evangel makes no guarantee that any credit awarded, whether traditional or experiential, will be accepted in transfer to another institution. Some institutions have policies or agreements whereby they accept transcripted credits for experiential learning from institutions without question. Such agreements are frequently found within a university system or geographic region. All credit for experiential learning earned at Evangel will apply to graduation requirements at Evangel University.

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