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Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies

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Purdue Global’s Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies degree allows you to choose a combination of courses from several disciplines, helping you develop a variety of skills relevant to your chosen field. This online program also gives you the opportunity to transfer previously earned credits from an accredited college or university or design an individualized program of study based on elective courses.

A concentration in leadership is available within this liberal studies degree program and is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skillset to be a leader in various settings.

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The accelerated master's degree option allows you to work toward your bachelor’s degree while simultaneously completing courses in a master's degree program. Learn more below.

Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies Program Highlights

Purdue Global’s liberal studies degree program can prepare students for multiple career opportunities. With a focus on practical application and flexibility in selecting liberal studies elective courses, students can customize their degree to meet their career and professional interests. And no matter what you choose to study, deciding to further your education with Purdue Global is the first step toward pursuing a rewarding career.

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Who Should Take This Program?

Students are able to choose their own major elective courses from a wide variety of focus areas. This provides greater flexibility and allows students to play an active role in choosing courses that support a specific interest. This degree is also an excellent choice for military students, students with transfer credit, and students with experiential learning credit, as the degree plan often allows incoming students to apply transfer credit toward program requirements.

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Leadership Concentration

Developing specialized skills in a specific focus of liberal studies can set you apart from other applicants in today's competitive job market.* Our leadership concentration is designed to prepare you with knowledge and skillset to be a leader through courses that examine organizational behavior, conflict management and team dynamics, strategic communication, and leadership in practice.

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Accelerated Master's Degree Option

For students interested in continuing on to pursue a graduate degree, our flexible degree pathways allow you to work toward any of the following Purdue Global master’s degrees while you earn your bachelor’s degree in liberal studies:

Complete both your bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in less time and at a lower cost than completing both programs separately. Speak to Student Support for more details upon enrollment in this bachelor’s degree program.

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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Purdue University Global is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

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What are the Career Opportunities?

This program prepares students to acquire the breadth of knowledge required to pursue positions in a variety of fields, depending on the concentration you choose. You could seek to enter the fields such as*:

  • Advertising
  • Public relations
  • Human resources
  • Law
  • Criminal justice
  • Health care
  • Social services
  • Business management
  • Marketing
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How Do I Get Started?

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


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October 17, 2018

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December 04, 2019

What Courses Will I Take?

You will complete the core and major requirements outlined in the degree plan and may select elective courses that support your educational goals. If you choose to complete the leadership concentration, courses include:

  • Strategic Communication
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Conflict Management and Team Dynamics
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Program Requirements
  • Core Credits33
  • Major Credits88
  • Elective Credits59
  • Total Credits180

Can I Afford This?

Here are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

Tuition and Fees

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Desired Track Only one track is available for this program.
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Online, Rockville, Indiana, Missouri, Wisconsin

$371.00 cost per credit
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Tuition does not include University fees and associated program fees. View tuition and fee information or contact an Admissions Advisor for more information.

Indiana resident military veterans: tuition for online undergraduate degree and certificate programs is $220.00 per quarter credit hour.

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*Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Purdue University acquired Kaplan University in March 2018 and created Purdue University Global, which is following the same curriculum format and instructional delivery methods as developed and used by Kaplan University. These disclosures are based on Kaplan University data reported prior to the acquisition.