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From the Dean


Dr. Tatum Thomas, PhD
Welcome to DePaul University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS). SCPS stands as a testament to DePaul's unwavering commitment to delivering accessible higher education tailored to meet the diverse needs of adult learners seeking lifelong learning opportunities.

At SCPS, we acknowledge the uniqueness of every individual's academic and professional journey. We actively collaborate with adult and nontraditional learners, working hand in hand to help them achieve their educational goals and professional aspirations. Our approach emphasizes transformative educational experiences that leverage real-world engagement to maximize learning potential. Our students, characterized by a perpetual passion for learning, are equipped to drive lasting personal and professional achievements.

Commitment to Excellence

SCPS remains committed to addressing pressing issues through the work of our centers, networks, and specialized services. We achieve this through:

  • Expertise in adult education, informed by research and practical experience.
  • Advancements in liberal arts disciplines and the dynamic world of online learning.
  • Well-balanced, challenging, transformative, and immersive learning experiences across various flexible modalities.
  • Innovative technologies and adaptable learning approaches that cater to the evolving needs of adult learners.
  • The continued success of our students, whether they choose online learning or other flexible modalities, in their professional and personal lives.
  • Commitment to creating a positive impact on professionals, communities, and society as a whole.
The SCPS Way

DePaul's motto, "I will show you the way of wisdom," guides our journey. We diligently adhere to this motto, leveraging our understanding of adult learners' lives to ensure that learning extends beyond the classroom, seamlessly integrates into the workplace, and continues throughout life. Whether you choose traditional on-campus classes, online learning, or credit for prior learning, lifelong learning leads to a transformative impact in professions, communities, and personal lives, and we strive to manifest this transformation in each of our students.

SCPS Culture

The culture at SCPS emphasizes experiential learning and solution-driven outcomes and caters to a diverse range of learning styles and interests through comprehensive program design. Our community is designed with the adult learner in mind, allowing for personalized academic journeys that commence when you are ready, while we champion your success. There is a place for all nontraditional learners, and that place is @SCPS.

Our Community of Lifelong Learners

Our students are not just academically successful but also engage in unique opportunities such as Intensive Study Abroad Courses, Domestic Travel Experiences, Career Communities, Peer Mentorship, and support networks such as the Adult Men of Color Initiative.

Once again, welcome to DePaul University's School of Continuing and Professional Studies, where online learning and flexible modalities are integral to our mission, and congratulations on embarking on your new academic adventure.

Warm regards,

Tatum Thomas, PhD

Dean of the School of Continuing and Professional Studies