Saint Xavier University Chicago Campus Residence Halls

Continuing and Adult Education

General Information 

The Office of Graduate and Continuing Education, in partnership with the College of Arts and Sciences and the Graham School of Management, offers the following transfer degree programs: Liberal StudiesOrganizational Development and the Business Administration Fast-Track. The curriculum for these programs is structured in an accelerated and/or traditional instructional format and is designed for busy professionals who have either earned an associate's degree or its equivalent, have prior college credit and are eager to continue their education.

Saint Xavier University is committed to providing adult learners with high-quality educational programs that foster personal and professional growth and development while accommodating demanding lifestyles. A variety of opportunities are available for adults establishing a new career, completing a degree or enriching personal/professional development skills. There is flexible scheduling that includes traditional classroom learning, fully online courses and hybrid courses that include both classroom and web-facilitated learning.


I. Macias, director of Graduate Recruitment; B. Condon, asstistant director of Graduate Recruitment; M. Cashman, outreach and communications manager; M.C. Pacelli, student service coordinator; S. Richardson, office and operations Manager

General Education Transfer Policy

All transfer students must take ACSU 101: Transfer Student Orientation. This one-time orientation meeting requires no cost and carries zero (0) credit hours. This is a graduation requirement for transfer students.

Transfer students with fewer than 30 hours:

All requirements of the general education curriculum.

Transfer students with more than 30 hours:

Students who have completed the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum (IAI/GECC) requirements (37-41 hours) must take the following additional mission based courses at SXU in order to fulfill their general education requirements:

  • Philosophy 150: The Examined Life
  • One religious studies course

Students have the opportunity to qualify for SXU's IAI/GECC Articulation Agreement as long as the majority of the general education core has been met prior to transferring. Any remaining general education courses may be taken from Saint Xavier University. All other transfer students will be evaluated on an individual basis in terms of SXU general education requirements.

Credit for Prior Learning

The Office of Graduate and Continuing Education at Saint Xavier University recognizes that education can occur outside the classroom environment through work or personal experience. Students acquiring knowledge within a particular subject area other than formal college classes, such as job skills, military experiences, certifications, travel and personal, may contact an advisor to learn more about obtaining credits.

The following resources are available through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education:

American Council on Education (ACE) Credit

Saint Xavier University is a member of the American Council on Education (ACE). This membership allows adult students the opportunity to obtain academic credit from military and workplace training programs from organizations such as business and industry, labor unions, professional and voluntary associations, technical and business schools, professional training suppliers and government agencies. These training organizations must be recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) in order for the student to obtain credit. These credits do not apply toward the residency or entrance requirements, and they do not apply toward a student's grade-point average. ACE transcripts are posted without charge. For more information, call the Graduate and Continuing Education office at 708-802-6200.


Students may earn up to 27 college credits for designated courses through the college-level examination program (CLEP) or department challenge examinations. The University requires a minimum score of 50 on each exam title. For information as to which course requirements can be satisfied through testing and for an examination schedule, students may check with the Office of Advising or visit College-Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Portfolio Assessment

Students can earn additional credit through the evaluation and review of a portfolio. The portfolio is an organized collection of essays, employment history (resume), professional training and other pertinent documentation indicating learning through work and life experiences. Students must thoroughly demonstrate how knowledge and skills gained through life experience is equivalent to college-level learning. Students are billed a $300 evaluation and processing fee. For more information, visit Credit for Prior Learning.