Online Associate of Science in Professional Studies

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Program at a Glance
  • Select from two online pathways: a traditional term-based program or an independent, self-paced study program option.
  • Create a flexible Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) that meets your professional and personal interests.
  • Build your own degree with curriculum from Purdue Global and beyond.
  • Apply transfer credits from prior institutions or other experiential learning toward your degree requirements.*
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

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 Cash only
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.

Develop New Professional Skills

Study project management, problem solving, and strategic planning. Complete your associate’s degree in professional studies with a capstone class that includes a portfolio project.

Document Your Work and Life Experiences for College Credit

Earn undergraduate college credit for learning you acquired outside of the classroom through Purdue Global’s credit for work and life experience online courses. Create a virtual portfolio of your accomplishments to earn credit that can be applied toward your degree.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Take the Next Step in Your Education and Career

Career Opportunities

Earning a professional studies associate’s degree can prepare you for a wide variety of possible career outcomes, depending on your interests, background, and previous work experience. You can begin a new career or qualify for opportunities in a number of rewarding fields.

Continue With Your Bachelor’s Degree

As an associate’s degree graduate, you’ll be prepared to continue your academic journey with Purdue Global’s online Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies. You’ll also be prepared to enter a more structured online bachelor’s program at Purdue Global.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the associate’s degree program, you must be a high school graduate or possess a GED certificate or other equivalency diploma. You must also complete an orientation before you start classes. The independent model has additional requirements.

Refer to the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

In the associate’s degree in professional studies, your courses cover a range of fundamental subjects. Each course is taught by experienced professionals with extensive real-world knowledge.

Sample Courses
  • Interpersonal Communications
  • Public Speaking for the Professional
  • Arts and Humanities — Modern Creative Expressions
  • Sociology
  • Associate's Capstone in Professional Studies
See Professional Studies Degree Plan
Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits30
  • Major Credits50
  • Elective Credits10
  • Total Credits90

Ways to Save

Program Cost Estimator

Calculate your estimated tuition and ways to save.§


Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

View School of General Education Faculty
grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.


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

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.

§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.