Bachelor of Professional Studies - BPS
The web-based Bachelor of Science with a major in Professional Studies is especially designed to meet the needs of those with limited access to higher education; typically, adult students whose work, place of residence, family obligations, or other confinements have made attendance difficult in traditional on-campus courses. Students may obtain the degree entirely through online courses or through a combination of traditional classroom and online courses.
The Bachelor’s of Professional Studies degree is designed as a degree-completion program. Credit hours earned through associate degree programs, other universities, military transfer credits, and/or credit awarded for certifications may be applied toward the 120-credit hours needed to earn the degree.
The degree consists of a common general education core, an upper division professional core, as well as an organizational leadership concentration combined with elective credits to meet the 120 credit hours for graduation. The bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies provides an opportunity for a seamless transition from the associate degree in order to help meet an individual student’s educational and career goals. Students work closely with their academic advisors in determining their curriculum requirements.
The degree program and the courses that comprise it are offered through a cooperative development and delivery model among public universities in Tennessee. The model provides a platform for these institutions to share valuable intellectual resources which enrich program offerings.
As an online student, you gain access to highly-qualified faculty from both the campus where you are studying to earn your degree as well as other institutions across the state. You gain exposure to a wide range of opinions, philosophies, perspectives and experiences that you might not otherwise obtain. The students in your classes may also from other institutions which further contributes to a unique online learning experience.
This degree concentration especially benefits those in human relations, marketing, business communication or other management areas who are interested in career advancement possibly at their current workplace. It is most suitable for adults who have completed an associate degree, or, at minimum, some college credit.