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Pathways Degree Completion

If you started your degree at North Central, Pathways will help you finish.

What is the Pathways Degree Completion Program?

The NCU Pathways program is a degree completion program focused on students who have been away from North Central for more than 5 years and would like to go back to college. This program works with our Registrar’s office and Deans’ Council to create an efficient, highly discounted pathway to allow you to finish your degree.

Flexibility to fit your lifestyle

Pathways students have flexible options for helping you finish your degree that are not available to traditional students. We want to help you go back to college and complete the credits you have left!

  • On-campus or online courses
  • Portfolio consideration (professional and prior learning evaluation)
  • Transfer credits from other accredited universities considered
  • Directed research courses

After re-application and degree evaluation, many students in the Pathways program only need to complete 1-2 major or general education courses and a portfolio (professional experience and prior learning assessment) to cover classes such as a senior project or internship.

I honestly thought my opportunity to graduate from North Central University had long passed. My experience with the faculty and staff in the Pathways Program at NCU has been wonderful.

A completion plan was designed specifically for me taking into consideration my professional and volunteer experience as it related to my field of study many years ago. I felt as though I was being rewarded for the time that had passed instead of condemned. Now, after 25 plus years I can proclaim with gratitude and joy that I am an NCU grad!

Heather L.

pathways student Qualifications

  • Student must have been away from North Central for more than 5 years
  • At least 50 credits completed in residency and no more than 15 credits remaining to be earned
  • GPA of 2.0 or higher

If you are not sure you qualify for the NCU Pathways program, please contact our Admissions or Professional Education offices and we will help you determine your eligibility.

How to join the Pathways Program

Fill out the reapplication for admission and indicate your interest in Pathways. Our admissions team will connect with you soon about how you can finish your degree!

2022-2023 Pathways Program costs

  • Tuition: $275 per credit
  • Program Fee: $155 per semester
  • Other online, hybrid, and course fees may apply

Your next steps toward North Central

The admission process at NCU is intentionally simple. We welcome you back to NCU whether online or in-person to complete your degree!

Questions? Contact us.

We try to make it easy, but we know that the college application process can still be confusing. Don’t hesitate to give us a call or shoot us an email with any questions or concerns: 1.800.289.6222 or