Adult and Graduate

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Adult And Graduate Studies

The Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) program offers flexible, affordable and supportive undergraduate degree completion, licensure, and graduate degrees, to working adults and non-traditional students.  Apply and begin now!

AGS has open enrollment and rolling admission for fall, spring, and summer semesters.

For over 50 years, Mars Hill has provided exceptional and relevant adult education in western North Carolina. AGS faculty and staff have supported thousands of adults in following their dreams, finding their passions, and advancing their careers. AGS students complete degrees to gain an advantage in the workforce while maintaining a balance between their personal and professional lives.

Flexible Adult Studies Degrees

  • Classes are offered on campus, online, or a blend of both, depending on the program.
  • Classes are offered in a short-term format (8-week terms) or an entire semester (15-week terms) allowing adult undergraduate students to maintain full-time status (12 credit hours) to meet federal financial aid requirements.
  • Take one class at a time or a full-time load. You can set a different pace every semester depending on work and life responsibilities.
  • Scholarships are available to adult undergraduate students.
  • Discounted tuition is offered through many employers in the area. Contact us to find out more!



Teacher Licensure

  • Elementary Education (K – 6th)
  • Health and Human Performance (K – 12th)
  • Integrated Education (Elementary Education K – 6th and Special Education K – 12th)
  • Music Education (K – 12th)
  • Special Education (K – 12th)

Add-On Licensure

  • AIG – Online Program (Summer only)
  • Reading Specialist (K-12)
  • Special Education (K-12)

Graduate Programs

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Tuition & Fees

AGS Scholarships

Contact information for adult programs

Sarah Burnette
Adult & Graduate Studies Counselor
Phone: 828-689-1356

Contact Information for graduate programs:

Carolyn Kuzell
Associate Director of Admissions
Adult & Graduate Studies Counselor
Phone: 828-689-1589


"It changed my life."
Social Work major explains how Mars Hill helped her earn a degree while working full time.
"I found my purpose."
Special Education major talks about why Mars Hill AGS works for her.
"The people here at Mars Hill really care."
Evening classes, convenience, and the support of AGS helped her finish her Business Degree.

Steps to Enrollment

  • Apply to Adult and Graduate Studies — filling out a brief application will open your file with our AGS staff and help us make sure we have all of the information we need from you.
  • Fill out the FAFSA–filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid will help you know exactly where you stand with potential financial aid for school and also helps our financial aid office to know you are interested in additional information.
  • Set up a meeting with Adult and Graduate Studies (email


Program History

Mars Hill University is the oldest educational institution on its original site in Western North Carolina. It was founded in 1856 by citizens to serve the people of Western North Carolina. The University , builds on a rich heritage of liberal arts education, helping students to find their potential and discover their purpose. As early as 1901, the college ran a teacher-institute to provide in-service training for public school educators. In 1934, it pioneered the “pastor’s school” to give ministers structured periods of study, and in 1970, it launched the Career Opportunities Program (COP) to provide teacher assistants with classes leading to baccalaureate degrees. In 1974, the Continuing Education Program, an inspired creation of the COP was launched. The ACCESS program (Accelerated Credit, Continuing Education, and Summer School) served many career-minded professionals for decades. With the launch of the college’s first graduate-level program, the Master of Education, the program was reintroduced as Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS). August 2013 marked the date that the institution as a whole transitioned from Mars Hill College to Mars Hill University. Shortly after that began offering Graduate programs in Education, Criminal Justice and Business Management. Today, students can have the complete Mars Hill University experience including close faculty connections and experiential learning, while completing entire undergraduate and graduate degrees online.