Mars Hill University Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) offers undergraduate degree completion programs, licensure, certification and graduate degrees, to working adults and non-traditional students. AGS students are a vibrant part of the Mars Hill community, taking evening classes on campus and online. Providing unparalleled adult education in western North Carolina for 50 years, AGS has helped thousands of adults find their passion and advance their career, completing coursework while maintaining their home life and work hours. Courses typically meet one night per week. AGS has open enrollment and rolling admission for fall, spring, and summer semesters.
Adult Studies classes are offered on campus, online or a blend of both. Enrollment may be for one course or for several each semester. Some classes are offered in a short term format (9-week terms), while others meet throughout an entire semester (16 weeks).
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.