All inquisitive minds are welcome.

While the University of Dayton has included adult learners in its community for nearly 100 years, our professional and continuing education programs are still cutting edge.

Opportunities include graduate and undergraduate courses, along with short-term learning opportunities such as workshops, seminars, teleconferences, and forums. Whether you're looking to expand your horizons or complete your degree, we have a program that fits your interests.


Not everyone can be or wants to be the traditional undergraduate or graduate student. Sometimes you may want to only take a class or two to test the waters. Or maybe you're looking to complete a degree part-time. Perhaps you'd just like to take an art history course because, well, you love art. Within these programs, you can find flexible, affordable ways to take classes without enrolling in traditional degree programs.

You have the interests.
We have the courses.

Mini Course Program courses are special, short-term, interdisciplinary credit courses developed by University faculty, (or sometimes by students with the advice and consent of a faculty member), to meet specific, highly current needs or interests not covered in the regular curricula.

They are free of charge to all full-time students, even if the course puts them over the full-time limit, and are open to part-time and non-UD students for credit or audit.

You learn something new every day.
And earn credit in the process.

Maintain your licensure renewals, enhance your profession-specific knowledge and skills, expand your horizons — and earn credit in the process.

Through credit workshops in the School of Education and Health Sciences, you can receive transcripted non-graded credit, and up to six semester hours may be applied toward a master's degree in education.

River Campus

No credit. But lots of learning.

Special Programs and Continuing Education offers noncredit activities that include workshops, conferences, teleconferences and courses.

Many courses are designed for the enhancement of profession-specific knowledge and skills. Others are designed for those seeking an educational goal for more personal motivation. In-depth, skill-building courses teach practical skills in a relaxed learning environment.

Your leadership journey begins here.

The Center for Leadership cultivates effective, successful and strategic leaders through customized training and programs.

A partnership between leading organizations and the nation's top leaders in the area of leadership development, the center brings together non-competing organizations to enhance their leadership development efforts.

In addition to providing participants with expanded skills and knowledge that can be immediately implemented in the workplace, Continuing Education Units and Continuing Professional Units are often awarded through programming.

Learning is a lifetime event.

Senior programs at UD are a terrific opportunity to continue traveling the path of the lifelong learner. For senior students, Continuing Education at the University of Dayton coordinates several programs that are designed especially to enrich course study for adult learners.

See where your education can take you.

What could be more enjoyable than combining an educational experience with travel to some of the world's most beautiful, romantic, and historic sites? Add the personal touch that experienced, knowledgeable, and bilingual UD faculty lend and it becomes a cultural feast for the eyes, ears, and palate. Vienna, AustriaIt's no wonder past participants eagerly go back for seconds, thirds, and more!Programs abroad designed for adults have been sponsored by the University of Dayton since 1983 when two faculty from the Departments of Foreign Languages and Music collaborated to design and host a trip to Vienna. That program continues with one of the original hosts, German Professor Edward Hatch, and is now known as Encore Vienna. In 2001 Professor Andria Chiodo (Languages) and Dr. Eric Street (Music) used Encore Vienna as a model to create Encore Italy, which they have since offered three additional times, also Dr. Francisco Peñas-Bermejo (Languages) has offered a similar program called Experience Spain.

Our programs abroad are an extension of the vast learning opportunities the University offers adult learners through its Continuing Education programs. Learning about foreign cultures is just one of these opportunities, and there is no substitute for traveling with UD faculty, many of whom have lived and worked abroad and have academic expertise pertinent to the sites. Small groups provide participants and program hosts the opportunity for a shared learning experience. In addition, the programs provide participants ample time to explore their individual interests and to immerse themselves in the local atmosphere.