Associate's Degree in Professional Studies Overview
Are you an independent thinker who’s motivated to earn a degree? Consider building your own open degree. Purdue Global’s online associate’s degree in professional studies is a customizable degree program that offers you an affordable, flexible way to attain your educational goals. All you need to enroll is a high school diploma and one college course under your belt.
We offer two online pathways to your associate’s in professional studies: a traditional term-based program and an independent study program.
|Term-Based Program Option
||Independent Program Option
|Complete scheduled terms to earn your associate’s degree at Purdue Global
||Complete courses at your own pace until the capstone (last course of the degree)
|Pass eligible instructor-led courses that align with your ILP to earn credit
||Pass Assessments of Skills and Knowledge (ASKs) that align with your ILP to earn credit
|Tuition pricing based on per-credit-hour
||Costs include monthly tuition fee, capstone course tuition, and ASK fees
|Apply for financial and military aid if you qualify
|May defer outstanding loans
||Cannot defer outstanding loans
Your previous college credits or work experience can help you save on the tuition and time needed to graduate. The degree program provides you with the flexibility of learning through resources that come from within and outside Purdue Global.
You may receive degree credit for prior coursework from an accredited institution, an experiential portfolio, open courses, examinations, military training, or other experiential learning.
Start by Creating an Individualized Learning Plan
Work with a Purdue Global faculty advisor to custom design a degree pathway known as an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP).
- Create your personal career-goal statement.
- Review your previously earned college credits.
- Evaluate your prior experience for college credit.
- Learn what is required to meet the degree program.
- Identify potential course assessments and options to fulfill degree requirements.