Online Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies

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

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

Bachelor's Degree in Professional Studies Overview

Do you have prior college-level learning? Take your accomplishments and apply them toward an online bachelor’s degree in professional studies at Purdue Global. This customizable program is an excellent choice if you want to design your own curriculum. You could receive degree credit for prior coursework from an accredited institution, an experiential portfolio, open courses, examinations, military training, or other experiential learning.

We offer two online pathways to your bachelor’s in professional studies: a traditional term-based program and an independent study program.

Traditional Term-Based Model Independent Self-Study Model
Progress through your 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 ILP Choose from the list of ASKs that align with your 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

Begin by Creating an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP)

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.

Choose an Optional Concentration

  • Leadership: Build foundational knowledge of leadership by learning the importance of communication, organizational behavior, and how to manage team dynamics as you learn how these skills fit into the big picture of an organization.
  • Industrial/organizational psychology: Learn how principles of psychology can improve the effectiveness of a business organization. You will develop an understanding of how to manage and motivate talent, develop your leadership potential, and how to accurately assess improvements needed for organizational behaviors.
  • Supply chain logistics: Gain an understanding of the planning and management activities in the complex world of supply chain logistics. You will learn the principles of source, conversion, and logistics while learning how to apply necessary qualitative and quantitative methodologies related to supply chain management.

Develop Your Professional Skills

Topics you’ll cover include project management, problem solving, and strategic planning. Complete your bachelor’s 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 at Purdue Global.

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.

Career Opportunities

Earning your bachelor's in professional studies from Purdue Global can prepare you for a wide variety of career outcomes, depending on your interests, background, and previous work experience. Begin a new career or prepare to pursue opportunities in a number of rewarding fields.

Build Leadership and Management Skills

Turn your bachelor’s degree into a master’s.
When you’re ready to further your career or enter a new field, you may want to consider pursuing one of Purdue Global’s many online master’s degree programs.

Admissions Requirements

To enroll in the bachelor’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.

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

In the bachelor’s degree program, you’ll complete the core and major requirements and choose electives that support the goals developed in your ILP. Each course is taught by an experienced professional with extensive real-world knowledge.

Sample Courses
  • Bachelor's Capstone in Professional Studies
  • Communication and Conflict
  • Communicating Professionalism
  • Arts and Humanities — Modern Creative Expressions
  • Discovering Science — Current Issues in a Changing World
  • Engagement — Civic- and Citizen-Driven Public Policy
See Professional Studies Degree Plan
Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits88
  • Elective Credits59
  • Total Credits180

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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.

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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.

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.