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Purdue University Global | BS in Professional Studies

Students of the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies program at Purdue University Global are given the opportunity to choose coursework that best fulfills their specific career goals and desired skills development. Get more details about this flexible, customizable bachelor's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prior to enrollment, aspiring students should complete an associate's degree program in any area of study and display strong communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's 100% online Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies program offers an individualized learning experience to students who are looking to build strong professional skills they can apply in any career setting. Courses are selected from Purdue University Global's broad range of studies, from communication and criminal justice to legal studies and public policy; chosen courses can assist students in developing crucial skills in such areas as creativity, oral and written communications, conflict management, and policy development. If students choose the area of concentration in leadership, they can focus on such topics as team management, strategic communication, organizational behavior, and leadership styles. Students demonstrate their understanding of concepts addressed in their studies in the program's capstone, a cumulative course integrating the knowledge and skills built throughout the student's chosen curriculum.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

180 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

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

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies:

The bulk of the credits (73) of the 180 credits needed to earn this BS degree are taken in major coursework. Of the remaining credits, 45 are completed in core classes and 62 are satisfied through 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
    • Speaking and Listening
    • Social Science
    • Diversity and Culture
    • Ethics

Major Courses (73 credits

  • Students choose one 100/200/300/400-level communication course
  • Students choose 20 credits in 100/200-level major electives
  • Students choose 42 credits in 300/400-level major electives
  • Bachelor's Capstone in Professional Studies

Open Elective Courses (62 credits)

  • Students choose 62 credits in open elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of the BS in Professional Studies program at Purdue University Global could choose to continue expanding their skills and knowledge in a master's degree program. A master's degree might be needed to qualify for upper-level management or senior executive positions in many professional settings. Master's degree programs could focus more closely on managerial principles and practices and offer areas of concentration, such as those in project management or leadership.

Master's degrees that could be of interest to graduates include, but are not limited to:

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Human Services
  • Master of Science in Higher Education
  • Master of Science in Management and Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration - Project Management

Career Paths:

Following the successful completion of the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies program, graduates could be in a position to apply their newly developed skills to managerial jobs in a wide range of fields. They might oversee the operations of such departments as IT, human resources, sales, marketing, public relations, or operations for public institutions, nonprofit agencies, or private companies. They might also seek supervisory positions in healthcare, education, law, or criminal justice.

Roles that graduates could be prepared to assume include:

  • Marketing manager
  • Distribution manager
  • Project manager
  • Sales representative
  • Business operations specialist

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

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