Adult Studies Majors and Programs

Simpson University's Adult Studies, ASPIRE (degree-completion) programs are designed exclusively for busy adults. Depending on your chosen major, you can attend classes one night a week or completely online.

  • Streamlined Enrollment

    Unlike "self-service" universities, Simpson has a team of specialists to help you navigate the maze of applying to and attending a university. Our experienced advisors help each student develop a customized academic plan that takes them from as few as 45 units through graduation at an affordable cost.

  • Obtain Qualifying Credits More Easily

    Simpson University has partnered with StraighterLine to increase the affordability and accessibility of quality online courses. Due to a specific course-to-course articulation agreement between Simpson University and StraighterLine, students requiring additional academic credits and starting with StraighterLine know exactly how their credits will fit into the ASPIRE degree-completion programs at Simpson.

Students in the ASPIRE program experience many benefits, including in-class and online learning, one-on-one faculty mentoring, academic planning and advising, flexibility and affordable tuition; preparing them for a satisfying career in a competitive market place.

Are you prepared and motivated to take online courses? Take the self-assessment quiz and see if you're ready today!


New or Prospective Students please contact Admissions.

Current/Continuing Students please contact the ASPIRE Staff.

  • Accreditation
    • Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    • Association of Christian Schools International
    • California Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
    • California Council on Education of Teachers
    • Council for Christian Colleges and Universities
  • FAQs
    • Q:What majors are offered?
    • Q:How do I register for classes?

      A: ASPIRE Students are automatically registered for all Simpson courses after signing their registration schedules at Orientation. If a student has an owing balance for a previous semester, he/she will not be registered for the next semester until the account is settled.

    • Q:If I start with less than 84 units, how do I complete the remaining units?

      A: If you have remaining units to complete, you will need to take classes at another institution while taking your ASPIRE courses. You can graduate only after you complete your outside 84 units and your 36 ASPIRE units.

    • Q:Can I work full-time and still attend?

      A: YES! The ASPIRE Degree-Completion Program is designed specifically for working adults. The typical ASPIRE student balances school work with work and family responsibilities. Classes are held in the evenings, one night each week. Your schedule depends on the major you choose. While you will work hard in the ASPIRE program, you can do it!

    • Q:When are classes held?

      A: All evening classes are held from 6 - 10 p.m. The night of the week you will attend depends on your major and the semester you started. In most cases, you will stay on the same night of the week throughout the 12 courses in the ASPIRE program (16 months).

    • Q:How many classes do I take at once?

      A: ASPIRE students take one class at a time for five weeks. This allows students to focus on one subject, rather than trying to study three different topics simultaneously. Three five-week courses make up one semester.

    • Q:When can I start ASPIRE?

      A: You can start the ASPIRE program at any of our three semesters: fall (September), spring (January), or summer (May). You should plan to complete the application process at least one month before your desired start date in order to have your acceptance and financial aid finalized before orientation!

    • Q:How do I apply?

      A: Call 1-888-9-SIMPSON and speak to an admissions counselor. You can complete the application on the Simpson University website. Most students will need to submit an application and application fee, professional reference, purpose statement, and official transcripts from all schools you have attended (transcripts must be received sealed from the school of attendance). Some majors (i.e., Nursing) may have additional requirements. Call your counselor today!

    • Q:How much does it cost?

      A: For students starting the ASPIRE program during the Summer 2014- Summer 2015 academic year, the total tuition for all four semesters is $17,820 or $4455/semester. Fall 2015 tuition amount will be available May 2015.

    • Q:How long does it take?

      A: The ASPIRE program is designed to be completed in 16 months (four consecutive 15-week semesters). Classes continue through the summer.

    • Q:How do I get my books?

      A: Books are usually available for sale in the campus bookstore one week before the start of the next course. The bookstore labels books by the course and cohort. Textbooks will also be listed on the syllabus for each course.

  • Locations
    Redding Campus
    • Siskiyou Campus

      In 2004, Simpson University began partnering with the College of the Siskiyous in Weed to offer a convenient weekend program through ASPIRE in Siskiyou County.  In as little as 16 months, you could have a bachelor’s degree from Simpson University, which is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.  To learn more about the current program offerings in Weed, please call 1.888.9.SIMPSON and ask to speak with an Enrollment Advisor for the ASPIRE program.

      More Information

      Please check with admissions for future degrees offered in Siskiyou County.