Bachelor of Arts in Adult Development

Program Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the Bachelor of Arts in Adult Development degree program will be able to:

  • Apply theories of adult development to real-life contexts;
  • Explain physical, mental, and psychosocial changes throughout adulthood; 
  • Examine social role changes throughout adulthood; 
  • Analyze the role of culture in adult development; 
  • Examine variations in adult development; and 
  • Apply adult learning theories to instructional design.

Program Requirements

  • Total number of credits required: 120 credits
  • General Education Requirements: 52 credits*
  • Major Course Requirements: 39 credits*
  • Electives: 32 credits

You must complete 30 upper-division credits, of which 18 credits must be from the major program. A total of 30 credits must be completed at Ashford University® to meet the residency requirement.

* In this program, 3 credits from the major may also satisfy General Education requirements.

Transfer to Ashford University

Your experience is valuable and could be worth college credit. If you've attended college before, served in the military, or completed training for your job, ask how Ashford can recognize your achievement.

You can transfer up to 90 approved credits from community college or other previous college coursework toward your Bachelor's degree at Ashford. Remember to look beyond the classroom for life credits, including military training.


* The transferability of credits is subject to Ashford University transfer credit policies, and requires the submission of official transcripts.

The official transcripts will be evaluated to determine the credits that will officially apply toward an Ashford University degree program.

Program Disclosures
Federal regulations published in October, 2010 require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). These required disclosures include a program’s 1) program costs; 2) on-time completion rates; 3) median loan debt; 4) links to O*NET SOC descriptions; and 5) placement rates. Please find all of the required information at this link: Program Disclosures.

Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation
Information regarding cohort retention, persistence, and graduation data for online Bachelor’s degree-level students can be found at the following link: Online Bachelor's Data. Additional disaggregated views of cohort retention, persistence, and graduation for students in all degree levels and modalities are also available.

Conditional Admission Requirements
Students seeking admission to an online undergraduate program must meet the following admission requirements prior to the start of the first course at Ashford University:

Have a regular high-school diploma earned through college preparatory or regular high school courses or GED equivalency recognized by the Department of Education of the state in which it was earned, completed secondary school through home schooling as defined by state law, or earned an equivalent to a US high school diploma at an international high school according to approved Foreign Evaluation services. An earned IEP or Special Education Diploma or Certificate of Completion based upon IEP goals does not meet the regular high school diploma requirement for admission to Ashford University. If no high school degree was earned, applicants who have successfully completed at least a two-year program that is acceptable for full credit toward a bachelor’s degree from an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution, as defined by Ashford University transfer credit policies, may be admitted.

Be 22 years of age or older, or be exempt from this requirement by meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Earned a minimum of 30 transferable credits* as defined by Ashford University transfer credit policies;
  • Earned an Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally or approved nationally accredited institution; or 
  • Seeking readmission to Ashford University after withdrawal from a degree program; or
  • Current degree-seeking student at Ashford University requesting to change majors.

* If satisfying the Under 22 exemption with 30 transferable credits or an Associate’s degree or higher, unofficial transcripts must be submitted with the Application for Admissions.

Have the ability to study English indicated by one of the following: 

  • Achieved a recognized high school diploma or equivalent in which the primary language of instruction was English 
  • Received a GED that was taken in English;
  • A minimum of 30 credits have been earned from regionally or approved nationally accredited colleges/universities in the United States or equivalent in which the primary language of instruction was English; or
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination taken within the past two (2) years. A minimum score of 500 paper-based or 61 Internet-based is required. Copies of official scores must be submitted prior to provisional enrollment, and official scores must be submitted for full admission.

Provisional Admission Requirements

  • Successfully complete Student Success Orientation*;
  • Attain a cumulative grade of C- or better by Day 6 of Week 3 in the course; and
  • Attend week 4 of the first course.

Attendance in week 4 constitutes a student’s confirmation of his or her intention to continue in the program as a regular student. Please refer to the Ashford Promise for additional information.

* Successful completion of the Student Success Orientation is required for any Bachelor degree-seeking students who indicate that they have zero (0) traditional college-level transferable credits at the time of application.

Full Admission Requirements

  • Submission of official transcripts from all postsecondary education attempted;
  • TOEFL scores, if required for admission; and
  • Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.0.**

**Applicants who do not meet this requirement may be admitted on Academic Watch.

Please see the Academic Catalog for additional detailed requirements for Full Admission.

Technology Requirements 


Students must possess the following online competencies: 

  • Ability to access course and program material on the Internet; 
  • Ability to correspond with University staff, students, and faculty using email and the Internet; and
  • Ability to use appropriate antivirus utilities so that files transmitted and received are virus free.

System requirements

The following minimum system configuration and software are required:

  • Platforms: Mac OS X 10.2 or higher or Windows XP or higher; 
  • Hardware: 256 Mb RAM, CD-ROM, and 1 Gb free disk space; 
  • Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2003 or higher; Adobe Reader 8.0 or higher; Adobe Flash 10 or higher (Constellation users); 
  • Web Browser: Firefox 3.0 or higher, Internet Explorer 8.0 or higher, Safari 4.0 or higher, or Chrome; 
  • Networking: 56k dialup modem, DSL, or Cable modem; 
  • Email: Outlook, Outlook Express, Mac Mail, Eudora, Entourage, or Yahoo/Hotmail/Gmail.

Recommended for optimal performance

  • Productivity Software: Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel 2007 or higher;
  • Networking: Broadband Internet connection (DSL, cable, or other);
  • Constellation users: Windows Media Player 7 or higher, sound card and speakers.

Put your college credits to work at Ashford! You can transfer up to 90 semester credits (135 quarter credits) to help fulfill your degree requirements.* That means all your past hard work will not be wasted.

If you enter the program with zero (0) traditional college-level transferable credits, you will be required to successfully complete an online orientation prior to enrolling in credit-bearing coursework. Following successful completion of orientation, you will be required to successfully complete EXP 105 Personal Dimensions of Education as your first course. EXP 105 is required if you have little or no previous college experience and is not recommended if you have high transfer credit. EXP 105 applies toward elective credit requirements so enrollment in EXP 105 may result in the reduction of three (3) potential transfer credits in the Elective category. If you take EXP 105, you are required to take PSY 202 as your second course.

If you enter the program with twenty-four (24) or more transferable traditional semester credits, you will be required to successfully complete PSY 202 Adult Development and Life Assessment as your first course. PSY 202 is designed to help you acclimate to the online college environment, though you already have some college experience. If you have been out of school for a long time or feel that you need additional support to enter the online environment, you may appeal to enroll in EXP 105 as your first course, followed by PSY 202 as your second course. Unsuccessful completion of either EXP 105 or PSY 202 will result in the rescheduling of the course and revision of the future course sequence. See the Courses tab for descriptions of each course.

* The transferability of credits is subject to Ashford University’s transfer credit policies, and requires the submission of official transcripts. The official transcripts will be evaluated to determine the credits that will officially apply toward an Ashford University degree program.

Online Format
You will take your courses one at a time for 5 weeks each, accelerating your path to graduation. Your course content is delivered in a high-tech format, and you can complete your weekly assignments when and where it's convenient for you thanks to the asynchronous online environment.

Your tuition is $420 per credit. You will also be responsible for fees. View complete cost of attendance. Call today to learn more at 866.711.1700.

* Tuition costs subject to change without notice.

Payment Options

  • Cash Plan – 100% of tuition and fees paid on or before each course start date. 
  • Tuition Reimbursement – If your employer offers a tuition reimbursement plan, we'll work with you to apply this great benefit toward your education. 
  • Financial Aid – You may be eligible for financial aid. Talk to an Admissions Counselor to find out if you meet the requirements to qualify. 
  • Direct (Employer) Billing – If you work for a company approved for direct billing, you may qualify for this payment option. 
  • Military Tuition Assistance – Includes active-duty service and Veterans Affairs benefits, such as GI Bill and Vocational Rehab, if you qualify. Learn more about military benefits.

    If this program fits your personal and professional goals, contact Ashford University at 866.711.1700 to learn more, or request additional information.