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Purdue University Global | AS in Professional Studies

The Associate of Science in Professional Studies program at Purdue University Global is designed for students seeking flexible, customizable studies that allows for a focus on individual professional goals and interests over a particular major. Read on for more information about this online 2-year degree program.

Official Program Name:

Associate of Science in Professional Studies

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

An educational background in math, English, sociology, and science would prove beneficial before entering this program. Strong math, analytical, communication, and problem-solving skills are helpful. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students of Purdue University Global's Associate of Science in Professional Studies program have the luxury of selecting courses that meet their particular interests and focus on their professional goals rather than adhere to a schedule of pre-determined classes. In addition to basic courses in English composition, math, science, social science, and public speaking, students can choose courses in a range of subjects, including but not limited to criminal justice, communication, human services, education, and legal studies. These diverse studies are meant to help students build strong oral and written communication, problem solving, creative, and critical thinking skills useful in a number of career areas. In the capstone course, students complete a comprehensive project that reflects their understanding of the subjects studied and the critical skills they developed through this program.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

90 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

Courses are offered every 8 weeks, so you can find the session that works best for your schedule. Since every student is different, there isn't a "one size fits all" for school information. Financial aid opportunities are unique to each student’s circumstances. Complete the form to the right to speak with an admissions representative to learn more about Purdue University Global’s programs, cost, and start dates.

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Required Courses for an Associate of Science in Professional Studies:

To earn this degree, students must complete 45 credits in core classes that include general education electives in addition to 35 credits in selected major courses and electives. They must also take ten credits in open electives. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (45 credits)

  • College Composition I
  • College Composition II
  • Students take one 100/200-level course in each of the following areas:
    • Mathematics
    • Arts and Humanities
    • Science
    • Social Science
    • Public Speaking
  • Two General Education electives

Major Courses (35 credits

  • Students choose three 100/200-level major courses
  • Students choose three 100/200-level major electives
  • Associate's Capstone in Professional Studies

Open Elective Courses (10 credits)

  • Students choose two open elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After earning the AS degree in Professional Studies, graduates could choose to further expand their knowledge and strengthen their professional skills in a 4-year degree program. In some cases, employers could prefer those with a bachelor's degree when it comes to advancement into supervisory or mid-management positions. A bachelor's degree program might cover more advanced topics in such areas as project management, communications, strategic planning, and organizational leadership.

Bachelor's degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies

Career Paths:

Graduates of this Purdue University Global associate's degree program could display the skills needed for entry-level positions in a wide variety of industries, such as business, production, law, healthcare, manufacturing, or education. They might fill administrative roles as assistants to managers and be responsible for clerical, research, or customer support duties.

Some examples of positions that graduates could fill include:

  • Legal assistant
  • Production supervisor
  • Customer service representative
  • Executive administrative assistant

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

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