Johnson State College External Degree Program




The External Degree Program (EDP) is designed for adult learners with 60 or more college credits who are seeking a flexible, convenient way to complete a bachelor’s degree. EDP offers a variety of learning options, making it ideal for those who need to juggle work and family responsibilities with their studies. Because of its flexibility and statewide reach, it's a popular option for veterans as well.

Through EDP, students can earn credits online or in their own community through a combination of weekend and evening courses. Options include:

Saturday or Sunday Courses

These courses consist of four all-day Saturday or Sunday meetings, usually spaced three or four weeks apart, with students completing independent work between meetings. Classes are held at various locations in Vermont, including Burlington, Montpelier, St. Albans and Rutland.

Online Courses

Students work with a faculty member and other students in highly interactive courses that take place entirely online or combine weekend meetings with online classes. Two degrees — Professional Studies and Business Management — can be completed entirely online, except for a student-designed internship experience.

On-Campus Courses at JSC

EDP students may enroll in regular weekday and evening classes at Johnson State College.

Courses at Other Institutions

EDP students may take daytime, evening or online courses offered at other colleges convenient to their homes.

Credit for Life Experience

Credit for experience may be available through the Vermont State Colleges' “Assessment of Prior Learning” program.

Students work closely with local EDP advisors who maintain offices at all 12 Community College of Vermont (CCV) academic centers, ensuring that personalized answers and advice are always close at hand.   

Learn more!

Contact us to learn how EDP can help you realize your goals and complete your B.A. degree. Click here to complete an information request form, or contact us by:


Phone: 800-635-2356 (within Vermont) or 802-635-1290

External Degree Program
Johnson State College
337 College Hill
Johnson, VT 05656