Flexible Programs

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The Future is Closer Than You Think

Today's marketplace is growing, and employers are eager to welcome future graduates like you who can fill the needs of their rapidly evolving industries. Our programs are designed for adults who want to continue or complete their education and earn the credentials they need to advance their careers, earn more money, and find fulfilling paths.

We offer classes in a variety of flexible formats so you can choose how, when, and at what pace you complete your degree. Your chosen program will offer the convenience you need while maintaining the rigor you would expect from a renowned research university like the University of Pittsburgh. With the assistance of expert advisors, we'll work together to curate an educational experience built to reflect you and your goals.


Choose from several professionally focused, flexible, and practical liberal arts undergraduate majors. Many offer pathways to advanced degrees, including accelerated five-year bachelor's and master's degree programs.


Pursue a certificate to increase your marketability in a chosen field or use the credits toward a future degree. Open to all University of Pittsburgh students and non-degree seeking students, CGS certificates are available in a variety of career-oriented disciplines.


Discover your options for minors available through the College of General Studies, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and School of Social Work.


Explore College of General Studies courses, including descriptions, class offerings, and information about online courses and registration.


Enhance your studies and acquire practical, career-ready skills with an internship. Learn about why you should complete an internship and find resources to help you do so.

Global Experiences / Study Abroad

You can fit a global experience into your schedule! The University offers both short-term and long-term programs — find information about study abroad and funding options here.