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About Peirce College

Established at the end of the Civil War in 1865, Peirce College is one of the oldest colleges in the U.S. and one of the oldest accredited institutions to offer 100% online degree programs. Focusing on working adults, the college is also known as the only higher learning establishment in the city of Philadelphia to exclusively target such an audience. As such, the school offers students opportunities to gain credit through work experience, professional training, and military service, among others.

Peirce College offers certificates, associate's degrees, and bachelor's degrees in paralegal studies, human resource management, and information technology. Other areas of study at the undergraduate level include business, accounting, healthcare administration, health information technology, organizational leadership, and technology management. Master's degree programs in healthcare administration and organizational leadership and management are designed to help students build the skills and knowledge needed for career advancement in their fields. Peirce has accelerated study opportunities; students can earn college credit in a single weekend, while intensive online courses can be completed in as little as three weeks.

What helps to make Peirce College unique is its flexible study option known as Pierce Fit. In any program, students can elect to study online or on campus at any time throughout a course and are able to switch back and forth between these formats. This option is designed to help students meet the ongoing changes that often arise in day-to-day life.

The college is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and individual programs are accredited or approved by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM), the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), and the American Bar Association (ABA).

'Peirce College and Year Up showed me a viable path to the future I wanted. I wanted to be able to be at home with my family, and the online classes at Peirce presented me with the opportunity to do that. Along with the online classes, they have plenty of resources to help you while in your class…'

- Ivan Draper, Peirce College Student

'The curriculum at Peirce College is designed for the working adult. The staff is there not only to teach but to ensure your success.'

- Malana Williams, 2017 Peirce College Graduate

Why Peirce College?

Affordability

The ability to transfer credits and earn credit through exams and professional experience helps keep the cost of one's education down at Peirce College.

Transfer Credits

A generous transfer credit policy allows up to 102 credits to be transferred to several bachelor's degree programs.

Academic and Career Support

From mapping out an educational plan to defining career goals, Peirce College serves students from the moment they enroll until after they've graduated. Services include academic skills development, academic counseling, and job interviewing tips.

Financial Assistance

Financial aid specialists are on hand to help students navigate the application process, as federal aid, loans, scholarships, and grants are all available to those who attend Peirce College.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to Peirce College must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

Since every student is different, there isn't a "one size fits all" for school information. Start dates and tuition often vary between selected programs, and financial aid opportunities are unique to each student's circumstances. Complete the form to the right to get the most up-to-date and accurate information based on your selected program and circumstances.

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Earn Credit

You can transfer credit from any of the following Study.com courses towards your Peirce College undergraduate degree. Click to view the courses in each subject area.

Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Accounting 101: Financial Accounting ACC 101 : Accounting Principles 3.0
Accounting 102: Intro to Managerial Accounting ACC 222 3.0
Accounting 201: Intermediate Accounting I ACC 203 : Intermediate Accounting I 3.0
Accounting 202: Intermediate Accounting II ACC 204 : Intermediate Accounting II 3.0
Accounting 301: Applied Managerial Accounting (Business Elective) 3.0
Accounting 302: Advanced Accounting ACC 201  3.0
Accounting 303: Cost Accounting ACC 303 : Cost Accounting 3.0
Business 100: Intro to Business BUS 100 : Introduction to Business 3.0
Business 101: Principles of Management MGT 210 : Applied Management Concepts 3.0
Business 102: Principles of Marketing MKT 101 : Introduction to Marketing 3.0
Business 103: Introductory Business Law LAW 103 : Business Law 3.0
Business 104: Information Systems and Computer Applications BIS 111 : Application Software Fundamentals 3.0
Business 105: Labor Relations (Human Resource Management Elective) 3.0
Business 106: Human Resource Management HRM 201 : Human Resource Management 3.0
Business 107: Organizational Behavior (Business Elective) 3.0
Business 108: Business Ethics (Business Elective) 3.0
Business 109: Intro to Computing (Open Elective) 3.0
Business 110: Business Math MAT 101 : Introduction to College Mathematics 3.0
Business 111: Principles of Supervision MGT 130 : Principles of Supervision 3.0
Business 113: Business Communication (Communications Elective) 3.0
Business 120: International Business INT 101 : Introduction to International Business and Cultures 3.0
Business 202: Introduction to E-Commerce BUS 310 : Concepts in e-Commerce 3.0
Business 203: Introduction to Retail Merchandising (Business Elective) 3.0
Business 212: Business Statistics (Math Elective) 3.0
Business 302: Foundations of Leadership (Business Elective) 3.0
Business 303: Management Information Systems (IT Elective) 3.0
Business 304: Leading Organizational Change (Business Elective) 3.0
Business 305: Leadership Communication (Business Elective) 3.0
Business 306: Strategic Human Resources Management (Human Resource Elective) 3.0
Business 307: Leadership & Organizational Behavior MGT 306 : Organizational Dynamics 3.0
Business 308: Globalization & International Management BUS 301 3.0
Business 309: Digital Marketing & Advertising (MKT Elective) 3.0
Business 310: Advanced Business Ethics (Business Elective) 3.0
Business 311: Project Management MIS 302 : Project Management 3.0
Business 312: Advanced Operations Management MGT 404 : Operations Management 3.0
Business 313: Organizational Communication (Communications Elective) 3.0
Business 314: Employment Law LGL 406 : Employment Law 3.0
Business 315: Logistics & Supply Chain Management (Business Elective) 3.0
Business 318: Management Ethics MGT 310 : Ethical Leadership 3.0
Business 319: Negotiations & Conflict Management (Business Elective) 3.0
Business 321: Small Business Management ENT 200 : Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3.0
Business 323: Organizational Theory (Business Elective) 3.0
Business 324: Managerial Communication (Communications Elective) 3.0
Business 325: Union & Labor Relations HRM 380 : Labor and Employee Relations 3.0
Business 327: Retail Strategy (Business Elective) 3.0
Communications 101: Public Speaking COM 112 : Speech Communication 3.0
Communications 102: Interpersonal Communication (Communications Elective) 3.0
Communications 301: Diversity and Intercultural Communication COM 202 : Intercultural Communication 3.0
Computer Science 304: Network System Design (IT Elective) 3.0
Economics 101: Principles of Microeconomics ECO 102 : Microeconomics 3.0
Economics 102: Macroeconomics ECO 101 : Macroeconomics 3.0
Finance 101: Principles of Finance FIN 201 : Introduction to Finance 3.0
Finance 102: Personal Finance FIN 100 : Introduction to Personal Finance 3.0
Finance 301: Corporate Finance FIN 401 : Financial Analysis 3.0
Finance 302: International Finance (Business Elective) 3.0
Finance 303: Financial Institutions & Markets FIN 401 : Financial Analysis 3.0
Finance 304: Security Analysis & Portfolio Management (Business Elective) 3.0
Finance 306: Small Business Finance (Business Elective) 3.0
Health 301: Ethical & Legal Issues in Healthcare HCA 240 : Healthcare Law and Ethics 3.0
Hospitality 101: Introduction to Hospitality (Open Elective) 3.0
Hospitality 105: Introduction to the Tourism & Travel Industry (Open Elective) 3.0
Hospitality 301: Hospitality Marketing (Open Elective) 3.0
Hospitality 304: Hotel & Lodging Management & Operations (Open Elective) 3.0
Hospitality 309: Food & Beverage Service & Operations (Open Elective) 3.0
Marketing 301: Marketing Research MKT 301 : Market Research 3.0
Marketing 302: Consumer Behavior MKT 202 : Consumer Behavior 3.0
Marketing 303: Global Marketing MKT 205 3.0
Marketing 306: Principles of Selling (Business Elective) 3.0
Marketing 308: Applied Marketing (Business Elective) 3.0
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Computer Science 102: Fundamentals of Information Technology ITE TR : ITE TR 3.0
Computer Science 103: Computer Concepts & Applications BIS 111 : Application Software Fundamentals 3.0
Computer Science 105: Introduction to Operating Systems ITE TR : ITE TR 3.0
Computer Science 106: Introduction to Linux ITN 301 3.0
Computer Science 107: Database Fundamentals (IT Elective) 3.0
Computer Science 108: Introduction to Networking ITN 130 3.0
Computer Science 109: Introduction to Programming BIS 112 3.0
Computer Science 110: Introduction to Cybersecurity ISC 310 3.0
Computer Science 111: Programming in C BIS 112 : Programming Concepts 3.0
Computer Science 112: Programming in C++ BIS 112 : Programming Concepts 3.0
Computer Science 113: Programming in Python BIS 323
*(Per R. Patterson)
3.0
Computer Science 114: Programming in R BIS 325* & BIS 345*
*(Per R. Patterson both CS201 & CS114 must be complete)
3.0
Computer Science 115: Programming in Java BIS 112 : Programming Concepts 3.0
Computer Science 201: Data Structures & Algorithms BIS 325 & BIS 345*
*(Per R. Patterson both CS201 & CS114 must be complete)
3.0
Computer Science 202: Network and System Security ITN 144 : Introduction to Network Security 3.0
Computer Science 203: Defensive Security (IT Elective) 3.0
Computer Science 204: Database Programming BIS 235 3.0
Computer Science 220: Fundamentals of Routing and Switching (IT Elective) 3.0
Computer Science 302: Systems Analysis & Design BIS 402 : Systems Analysis and Design 3.0
Computer Science 303: Database Management BIS 235 : Database Management Systems 3.0
Computer Science 305: Operating Systems ITE TR : ITE TR 3.0
Computer Science 306: Computer Architecture ITE TR : ITE TR 3.0
Computer Science 307: Software Engineering (IT Elective) 3.0
Computer Science 310: Current Trends in Computer Science & IT (IT Elective) 3.0
Computer Science 311: Artificial Intelligence (IT Elective) 3.0
Computer Science 321: Ethical Hacking ITN 405 3.0
Computer Science 323: Wireless & Mobile Networking (IT Elective) 3.0
Computer Science 331: Cybersecurity Risk Analysis Management ISC 425 3.0
Computer Science 332: Cybersecurity Policies and Management (IT Elective) 3.0
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
English 101: English Literature ENG 202 : Introduction to Literature 3.0
English 102: American Literature ENG 205 : American Literature 3.0
English 103: Analyzing and Interpreting Literature (English Elective) 3.0
English 104: College Composition I ENG 101 : English Composition 3.0
English 105: College Composition II ENG 103 : Rhetoric and Research 3.0
English 301: Non-Western Literature (Humanities Elective) 3.0
English 305: Advanced Technical Writing (English Elective) 3.0
English 310: Short Stories (Humanities Elective) 3.0
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Spanish 101: Beginning Spanish (General Education Elective) 3.0
Spanish 105: Spanish for the Workplace (General Education Elective) 3.0
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
History 100: Western Civilization from Prehistory to Post-WWII (History Elective) 3.0
History 101: Western Civilization I (History Elective) 3.0
History 102: Western Civilization II (History Elective) 3.0
History 103: US History I HIS 105 : U.S. History I 3.0
History 104: US History II HIS 106 : U.S. History II 3.0
History 105: US History from Settlement to Present Day (History Elective) 3.0
History 106: The Civil War and Reconstruction (History Elective) 3.0
History 108: History of the Vietnam War (History Elective) 3.0
History 306: The American Civil War Era (History Elective) 3.0
History 307: American Civil Rights Movement (History Elective) 3.0
History 308: Causes and Effects of the Vietnam War (History Elective) 3.0
History 309: War & American Society (History Elective) 3.0
History 311: The Holocaust & World War II (History Elective) 3.0
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Art 103: History of Western Art I (Humanities Elective) 3.0
Art 104: History of Western Art II (Humanities Elective) 3.0
Humanities 101: Intro to the Humanities (Humanities Elective) 3.0
Philosophy 101: Intro to Philosophy (Humanities Elective) 3.0
Philosophy 102: Ethics in America (Humanities Elective) 3.0
Philosophy 103: Ethics - Theory & Practice (Humanities Elective) 3.0
Religion 101: Intro to World Religions HUM 105 : World Religions 3.0
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Education 211: Teaching Elementary Math (Open Elective) 3.0
Geometry 101: Intro to Geometry (Math Elective) 3.0
Math 101: College Algebra MAT 102 : College Algebra 3.0
Math 102: College Mathematics MAT 101 : Introduction to College Mathematics 3.0
Math 103: Precalculus (Math Elective) 3.0
Math 104: Calculus MAT 213 & MAT 214 : Calculus I & Calculus II 6.0
Math 105: Precalculus Algebra (Math Elective) 3.0
Math 107: Quantitative Literacy (Math Elective) 3.0
Math 108: Discrete Mathematics (Math Elective) 3.0
Statistics 101: Principles of Statistics MAT 109 : Statistics I 3.0
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Psychology 101: Intro to Psychology PSY 101 : Introduction to Psychology 3.0
Psychology 102: Educational Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Psychology 103: Human Growth and Development HSL 105 3.0
Psychology 104: Social Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Psychology 105: Research Methods in Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Psychology 106: Abnormal Psychology PSY 270 : Abnormal Psychology 3.0
Psychology 107: Life Span Developmental Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Psychology 108: Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Psychology 301: Industrial/Organizational Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Psychology 302: Cognitive Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Psychology 306: Advanced Abnormal Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Psychology 310: Psychology of Personality (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Psychology 311: Physiological Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Psychology 312: History and Systems of Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Psychology 315: Psychology of Motivation (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Psychology 316: Advanced Social Psychology (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Astronomy 101: Intro to Astronomy (Science Elective) 3.0
Biology 101: Intro to Biology SCI 105 : Exploring In Science of Life 3.0
Biology 101L: Intro to Biology with Lab SCI 105 : Exploring in Science of Life 4.0
Biology 102: Basic Genetics (Science Elective) 3.0
Biology 103: Microbiology (Science Elective) 3.0
Biology 105: Anatomy & Physiology SCI 240 : Anatomy and Physiology I 3.0
Biology 106: Pathophysiology SCI 270 : Pathophysiology 3.0
Chemistry 101: General Chemistry (Science Elective) 3.0
Chemistry 111L: Chemistry I with Lab (Science Elective) 4.0
Chemistry 112L: Chemistry II with Lab (Science Elective) 4.0
Earth Science 101: Earth Science (Science Elective) 3.0
Earth Science 104: Intro to Meteorology (Science Elective) 3.0
Environmental Science 101: Environment and Humanity SCI 330 : Environmental Science 3.0
Genetics 101: Intro to Genetics (Science Elective) 3.0
Geology 101: Physical Geology (Science Elective) 3.0
Health 101: Principles of Health (General Education Elective) 3.0
Health 302: Health Services Policy HCA 101 : Introduction to Healthcare Administration 3.0
Health 303: Healthcare Organization & Management (Health Elective) 3.0
Health 305: Healthcare Finance & Budgeting HCA 340 : Financing Healthcare 3.0
Health 307: Healthcare Delivery Systems HCA 210 : Healthcare Delivery in the US 3.0
Health 308: Healthcare Quality & Outcome Measurement HIA 310 : Advanced Quality Management and Performance Improvement in Healthcare 4.0
Health 309: Healthcare Informatics (Health Elective) 3.0
Health 310: Human Resource Management in Healthcare (Business Elective) 3.0
Nursing 301: Nursing Informatics (Open Electives) 3.0
Nutrition 101: Science of Nutrition (Science Elective) 3.0
Physics 101: Intro to Physics SCI 115 : General Physics 3.0
Physics 111: Physics I (Science Elective) 3.0
Physics 112: Physics II (Science Elective) 3.0
Science 101: Intro to Natural Sciences (Science Elective) 3.0
Science 102: Principles of Physical Science (Science Elective) 3.0
Study.com Course Code & Name Peirce College Course Code & Name Credits
Criminal Justice 101: Intro to Criminal Justice CJS 101 : Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0
Criminal Justice 104: Introduction to Criminology CJS 107 : Criminology 3.0
Criminal Justice 106: Forensic Science CJS TR : CJS TR 3.0
Criminal Justice 107: Criminal Law CJS 204 : Criminal Law 3.0
Criminal Justice 301: White Collar Crime CJS TR : CJS TR 3.0
Criminal Justice 305: The Juvenile Justice System CJS 224 : Juvenile Justice 3.0
Criminal Justice 306: Research Methods in Criminal Justice CJS 201 : Introduction to Criminal Justice Research Methoad 3.0
Criminal Justice 381: Victimology CJS 310 : Victims and Victimization 3.0
Education 101: Foundations of Education (Open Elective) 3.0
Education 103: Classroom Management (Open Elective) 3.0
Education 104: Differentiated Instruction (Open Elective) 3.0
Education 105: Special Education History & Law (Open Elective) 3.0
Education 106: Introduction to Early Childhood Education (Open Elective) 3.0
Education 210: Technology in the Classroom (Open Elective) 3.0
Geography 101: Human & Cultural Geography (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Library Science 101: Information Literacy (General Education Elective) 3.0
Political Science 101: Intro to Political Science (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Political Science 102: American Government PSC 101 : Introduction to American Government 3.0
Political Science 103: Comparative Politics PSC 103 3.0
Social Science 108: Ethics in the Social Sciences (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Sociology 101: Intro to Sociology SOC 101 : General Sociology 3.0
Sociology 103: Foundations of Gerontology (Social Science Elective) 3.0
Sociology 305: Sociology of Work (Social Science Elective) 3.0

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  • BS Accounting (ACBSP accredited)
  • BS Business Administration (ACBSP accredited)
  • BS Criminal Justice
  • BS Health Information Administration (CAHIIM accredited)
  • BS Healthcare Administration
  • BS Human Resource Management
  • BS Human Services Leadership
  • BS Information Technology
  • BS Liberal Studies
  • BS Organizational Leadership
  • BS Technology Management

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