Individualized Focus Area (For Adult Students)

The Individualized Focus Area program, offered by the School for New Learning, is for adult students who want to complete an undergraduate degree that is based on personal and professional goals. The Individualized Focus Area program is flexible, personalized and competence-based, allowing you to earn credit from previous college courses, work and life experience.

You will work with a faculty mentor to determine competencies already mastered and to develop a curriculum plan to complete your degree. Courses are at DePaul's Loop, Naperville and O'Hare campuses, as well as online.


Sample Courses:

  • Project Management
  • Critical Thinking
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Writing for Competence

Program Concentrations/Tracks:

  • Business communication
  • Business development
  • Criminal justice
  • Education and counseling
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental studies
  • Healthcare and social change
  • Human development and psychology
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Visual arts and design
  • Offered fully online

Career Options

Common Career Areas:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Non-profit management
  • Business administration
  • Communications
  • Marketing
  • Education


96 percent of 2015 Individualized Focus Area graduates were employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment after graduation.

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