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Requirements for Admission

Holy Names University welcomes working adults to the Adult Degree Completion Programs. The program's flexible formats are specifically designed for students who are motivated to complete a university degree while continuing to meet employment and/or family obligations. For most programs, admitted students may begin during either the fall, spring, or summer terms.

For individuals seeking admission for nursing: because admission requirements vary by program, candidates for the nursing majors should contact AdultEd@hnu.edu for more information.

For students seeking admission to the Adult program for the business, liberal studies, and psychology majors: because of the program's emphasis on career growth and focus, ideal candidates must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Twenty-four years of age by the beginning of the first term of enrollment.
  2. Fifty or more transferable units. However, candidates with fewer than 50 units are encouraged to apply because multiple options for admission are available.
  3. At least three years of work experience. For adult students, recent achievements and the motivation to learn are frequently more reliable indicators of success in a degree program than are the records of high school or college classes taken a number of years previously. Students 24 years of age and older, or those who have been absent from academic studies for six or more years, who do not meet some of the general admission requirements, may be accepted on the basis of other considerations: the personal essay or resume, letter of recommendation (preferably from an employer or supervisor), and evidence of aptitude for college study.


The following documents are required to apply for admission to the Adult Degree Completion Programs:

  1. Completed Application for Admission (Click here to download an application)
  2. A Written Personal Statement (1 - 4 pages)
  3. One Letter of Recommendation from a past or current professor or supervisor
  4. Current Resume
  5. Official Transcripts of all college/university coursework completed previously

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Articulation Agreements



Pending Agreements

  • City College of SF
  • College of Alameda
  • College of Marin
  • DeAnza College
  • DVC
  • Foothill College
  • Heald College
  • Las Positas
  • Los Medanos
  • Merced College
  • Mission College
  • Napa Valley College
  • Ohlone College
  • San Jose City College
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Solano Community College

For more information about these agreements and their use, please contact the HNU Office of Admission at (510) 436-1351.


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Have A Question?

Find answers to your Frequently Asked Questions here »

Or, telephone the Adult and Graduate office at the campus main number: (800) 430-1321 or Admission: (510) 436-1351 or email us at AdultEd@hnu.edu

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Adult Degree Completion Programs

  1. Bachelor of Arts in Business
  2. Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies
  3. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  4. RN to BSN (Nursing)
  5. LVN to BSN (Nursing)


Holy Names University Business programs integrate the liberal arts with a strong foundation in the fundamental components of business: management, accounting, finance, economics, leadership, and marketing. Courses utilize a case study approach to help students sharpen their analytical and communication skills. Faculty bring up-to-date, practical information about business and institutions into all classes. Holy Names University programs are distinctive because of the strong value they place upon diversity in the classroom and the workplace and because they promote ethics and principles of socially responsible business across the curriculum. The richness of our programs provides a quality education that prepares students for the complex responsibilities of leadership and service.

Click here to learn more about Business with a Concentration in Business Communication.

Click here to learn more about Business with a Concentration in Business Management.

Click here to learn more about Business with a Concentration in Business Marketing.

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Liberal Studies

The Liberal Studies major is the broadest major in the College curriculum. Students take a wide range of courses in all academic divisions of the college. The Liberal Studies major includes foundation and advanced courses in the traditional liberal arts fields humanities, fine and performing arts, mathematics and science, and the social sciences. In addition, students choose a twelve-unit Concentration for depth in one field of study.

Some possible areas of Concentration are Art, Biological Science, History, Humanities in World Cultures, Language Arts, Literature, Music, Social Science, Spanish, U.S. Cultures, Teaching English as a Second Language, or Values Inquiry and Moral Reasoning. Students may also choose to design their own disciplinary or multi-disciplinary concentrations.

The Liberal Studies program at Holy Names offers small classes and frequent interactions with Liberal Studies advisors and professors. In their final year of study, students present an integrative portfolio of their college work and meet with advisors to assess their preparation for future work and study. Students participate in an internship and work closely with career counselors and representatives of the HNU credential program to explore career options.

Students interested in teaching may enter the HNU credential program which will complete the teachers training required for a California Credential.

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Working within a liberal arts framework, students majoring in Psychology at Holy Names University come to an understanding of persons, the processes by which they develop, and the effects of cultural, social, and environmental factors on behavior.

The goals of the HNU program include (1) a breadth of knowledge in psychology; (2) exposure to various fields of psychology, including the research methods used to study them; (3) critical thinking within a psychological perspective; (4) skill in spoken and written communication of psychological material (including writing in the APA format); (5) awareness of, and concern for, values and ethics as they apply to various fields in psychology; and (6) enhancement of the student’s own personal and interpersonal awareness and growth.

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Tuition and Fees

For information regarding tuition and fees, click here.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance is available to Holy Names University students from federal, state, and institutional sources. Students should also check with their employers to determine if they have a tuition reimbursement plan.

There are three basic types of financial aid:

  • Grants and Scholarships
  • Funds that Do Not Have to be Paid
  • Low Interest Loans
  • Part Time Employment

Click here for more information or contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance.


Upcoming Events

Working Adults, Graduate, and Certificate Students Events
Informational 'Conversations'

Holy Names University hosts an ongoing series of Informational Conversations for adult learners returning to school to complete undergraduate degrees, graduate degrees, certificates, and credentials. Faculty members and enrollment counselors facilitate these informal and personal conversations to provide candidates information about course work, admissions requirements, and the what it's like to be a student at HNU.

Upcoming Information Sessions

  • Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 6:00pm - Valley Center for the Performing Arts

Please RSVP to Tammy Dain or call (510) 436-1368.

Faculty members and enrollment counselors will be on hand to discuss and answer questions about the curriculum, course schedules, financial aid and other topics. HNU offers weekend and evening courses designed to fit the busy schedules of people with jobs and families. For more details, phone (800) 430-1321or email us at admissions@hnu.edu.

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Schedule a Visit

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Map and Directions

Conveniently located for the adult commuter student, Holy Names University is easily accessible from highways 580, 13 or 24 with secure parking .

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Have A Question?

Contact HNU at (800) 430-1321 or HNU Admission at (510) 436-1351 or email us at AdultEd@hnu.edu

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