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Master’s Degree Without Bachelor’s?

Hello! I’ve researched this, but am having some trouble finding the info I need, so I’m hoping you can help. 

In the mid-90s, I dropped out of college with a little more than 60 credits earned in order to take a once-in-a-lifetime job. It turned out to be the right decision, as that started me on a path to professional success. Twenty years later, I’m lucky to have an extremely strong resume and unquestionably strong experience. 

A few life changes have led me to want to go back to school to get a Masters in Counseling or a similar field.

I’ve heard that there are some schools that will admit you to a program without undergrad if you have tremendous experience, and IMHO, I qualify. 

Is this true, and if so, can someone point me in the right direction on specific schools to speak with? I’m open to online, but would prefer something in or near to Chicago. Thanks!

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Hi wreckalearn! First question, do you have experience related to counseling and psychology? Second question, did any of the undergraduate credits you completed cover any topics related to the master’s degree you hope to earn? The short and sweet answer is yes, some schools will allow you to enroll in a master’s program without having completed your bachelor’s degree. The issue is that you will have to put in the legwork to figure out which schools are willing to work with you through the admissions process and which are, unfortunately, not. Because you have almost a full bachelor’s degree and… Read more » is a consumer group that publishes online college rankings and online university ratings along the dimensions that matter most to online students themselves: affordability and credibility. Our mission:

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