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Francis Worldwide

School of Continuing Studies

Career-Focused, Flexible Programs for Adult Continuing Education Students

Gain the skills that you need to move your career forward in business, technology, education, healthcare, or social services fields with an online degree or certificate through Francis Worldwide School of Continuing Studies at Saint Francis University.
Why Saint Francis?

Experience Impact-Driven Online Programs

Values-driven professionals who want to make a difference are always in demand.


Whether you study on campus or pursue your degree 100% online, the Saint Francis University promise is the same for every student.  We will help you to “become that someone” who makes an impact in your chosen field. We offer a free review of your transcript(s) for earned credits from an accredited college or university.

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Honoring Your Past Experience, Supporting Your Future Goals

Your success team knows that college holds different challenges for working adults. As an online adult education student at Saint Francis, you will have the personalized advising and support you need to be successful. 
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choose a career path that is in sync with your goals and values

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navigate earning credit for work experience or past college courses

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access the stellar student success services available to all students, on-site and online

Take the first step.

Request information about our online adult education programs and one of our dedicated enrollment counselors will connect with you.

Choose your online program. 

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Our Staff

Staff members within the Francis Worldwide School of Continuing Studies are experienced in working with adult students like you. We are available to answer your questions and guide you through our extensive portfolio of program offerings to help you find the right path to meet your goals. 


Connect with us!

Call us: 1-800-457-6300 

Dean of Francis Worldwide School of Continuing Studies


Dr. Tricia McFadden

Dr. Tricia McFadden







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 Ms. Sherri Link

Director of  Academic and Student Affairs







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 Ms. Gabrielle Cronin

 Associate Director of Operations







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 Heather Jones

 Online Academic Advisor







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 Ms. Cassandra Perry

 Online Academic Advisor






Our Online Environment  

In our online degrees and certificate programs, your instructors share their classroom knowledge and industry expertise in ways that are proven to work best for adult learners. The right technology, coupled with small class sizes, will allow you to build relationships with fellow students and have meaningful interactions with your instructors. 

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Francis Worldwide Faculty 

Degree and certificate programs offered through the Francis Worldwide School of Continuing Studies are taught by an advantageous mix of accomplished SFU faculty and industry experts who are passionate about teaching adult learners. 


In our online courses, you will find faculty who:

  • bring real-world expertise into the classroom.
  • tailor their online courses to best deliver the subject matter.
  • are trained in effective online teaching styles and technology tools.

Applications are always open.


Applications for most online adult education programs are accepted on a rolling basis with opportunities to start any time of the year. In fact, we have two starts per semester, typically the beginning of the semester and mid-semester.

Application Process

  • Completed application:  online application  
  • Official transcripts for all post-secondary study (If no prior college courses, then a copy of your high school transcripts or GED required)
  • Visiting Students  (non-SFU students taking individual courses) complete the  Non Degree Application​​​​​​

View the Saint Francis University Statement of Nondiscrimination

Attention Prospective Online Students Residing Outside of Pennsylvania


According to higher education regulations, Saint Francis University and its online/distance education courses and programs must be authorized in certain states prior to offering those courses or programs to students residing in those states. Prospective students residing outside of Pennsylvania should consult the University’s State Authorization web page to determine their eligibility for admission to our online programs or enrollment in an online course.


Important Note: If you are considering an academic program that leads to a professional license or certification in your state, it is highly recommended that you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency in your home state before beginning the academic program located outside your state.

Questions may be directed to (814) 472-3199. 

Student Complaint Resolution 

Student Identity Verification for Online Learning 

Saint Francis University does not charge a fee for student identity verification for online learning. Any required travel to campus for student identity verification for online learning would be indicated prior to and during the registration process through publications such as course syllabi, the University's website, or the course catalog.

Schedule of Classes


View the upcoming fall, spring, and winter schedules.


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