Online Professional Studies Degree Programs

A professional studies program that aligns with your career goals.

Use your accomplishments, work experience, and transfer credit to help advance your career and personal goals. Purdue Global’s professional studies programs offer customizable degree paths that can prepare you for a competitive edge in the workforce, setting you up for roles in business, IT, government, non-profit centers, legal environments, the military, and more. And because your classes are 100% online, it’s easy to create a study schedule that fits within your life.

See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

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Online Professional Studies Programs

We offer the associate’s and bachelor’s professional studies programs in two separate online pathways: an independent, self-paced study program and a traditional term-based program option. We also offer a customizable graduate degree in professional studies and a diversity, equity, and inclusivity graduate certificate.

Prepare for entry-level roles working in project management, operations, strategic planning, and more. You'll complete an Individualized Learning Plan that aligns with your goals, focusing on fundamental concepts in a specific field of interest.

    15–18 hrs/week
    2 years

    Build your own open bachelors degree for the career you want. Youll complete an Individualized Learning Plan (IDP) that aligns with your goals, with coursework that focuses on long- and short-term plans for success in the workplace.

    • Organizational/Industrial Psychology
    • Leadership
    • Supply Chain Logistics
    15–18 hrs/week
    4 years

    Gain the skills to lead inclusively, elevate equity, and promote diversity within organizations.

      15–18 hrs/week
      8 months

      Develop advanced skills in up to three focus areas and increase your marketability in the workforce. Youll complete an Individualized Learning Plan (IDP) that aligns with your goals, with coursework in global communication, data literacy, and more.

      • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity
      15 hrs/week
      1 year

      Online Degree Pathways

      Purdue Global offers two flexible pathways to obtain your associate or bachelor’s degree in professional studies:

      Traditional Term-Based Option Independent Self-Study Option
      Progress through your associate's or bachelor's degree on scheduled terms at Purdue Global Self-paced until the last course (capstone) of your bachelor's degree
      Earn credit by passing Purdue Global courses Earn credit by passing Assessments of Skills and Knowledge (ASKs)
      Choose eligible instructor-led courses that align with your Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) Choose from the list of ASKs that align with your Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)
      Tuition based on per-credit-hour pricing Monthly tuition fee, ASK fees, and tuition for the capstone course
      Eligible for financial and military aid for those who qualify Cash only
      Outstanding loans may be deferred Outstanding loans cannot be deferred

      See Notes and Conditions below for important information.

      What Are the Admissions Requirements?

      To get started as a Purdue Global student, you must meet certain academic requirements and complete an enrollment application. Here’s what you’ll need to begin:

      Admissions for Undergraduate Programs

      • General Education Development (GED) or high school diploma for associate’s and bachelor’s degrees

      Admissions for Graduate Programs

      • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university for master’s degrees and certificate programs

      Want to know if online learning is right for you before you enroll? Watch our virtual campus tour to learn more.

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      Understanding Your Investment

      How long? How much? These are important questions! Try our online Calculator to estimate when you’ll finish and see how your prior credits and experience can save you time and money.

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      Ready to Enroll?

      Purdue Global makes the process easy. You can apply online today (self-guided) or contact us to walk you through the process.

      Upcoming Start Dates

      We offer rolling start dates throughout the year. Choose the one that works best for your schedule.
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      Which Program Is Right for You?

      Discover your interests and set your goals for success. Take our Career Assessment to chart your ideal path.

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      Professional Studies Program and Industry Resources

      Explore the benefits of advancing your career through online learning and choose the program that best suits your needs. 

      In the wake of unprecedented events, virtual learning has taken center stage. Learn the benefits of earning your degree online.

      Learn the key questions to ask yourself before going back to school. (Spoiler alert for bachelor’s students: You can try online learning with Purdue Global for 3 weeks before you commit.)

      Is online learning the right fit for your life? Explore tips and tricks to getting the most out of your online degree.

      Graduate Programs

      Explore the benefits of earning your master's in professional studies at Purdue Global.

      Certificate Programs

      How can a Purdue Global certificate in diversity, equity, and inclusivity keep you competitive?


      Credit for Prior Learning: Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning policy.

      Employment or Career Advancement: Purdue Global does not guarantee employment placement or career advancement. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience and opportunities for employment. Additional training or certification may be required. Prior experience may be necessary for leadership positions.

      Financial Aid: Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Eligibility is based on U.S. Department of Education criteria and is determined from data submitted on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students may also be required to submit supporting documentation as part of a verification process to determine eligibility for financial aid. Subscription-based program models are not eligible for Title IV federal financial aid.