Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.)
Austin Peay State University
The Bachelor of Professional Studies program at Austin Peay State University is designed as a degree completion program for students that have already completed an associate degree program or have already earned an acceptable amount of credit towards a bachelor's program. Students may be able to transfer in with credit earned from other programs, military experience, or other sources. A bachelor's degree completion program holds the same requirements as other traditional four-year programs.
The Bachelor of Professional Studies program is offered through the School of Technology and Management at APSU. Students aim to gain or hone critical thinking skills and analytical abilities. The program aims to smooth the transitions from an associate's to a bachelor's degree program, and from the bachelor's to graduation and beyond.
This program is intended to help students gain practical knowledge that aids them in the job market and prepares them for leadership upon graduation. To focus on a specific aspect of professional development, or design a plan of study that is broader in scope, students select from a list of approved courses that focus on topics including contract management, organizational team building, and economic issues for organizations.
To complete this program, those enrolled must complete a total of 120 credits. Of this total, 41 hours come from a General Education core, 30 from major-specific coursework in Professional Studies, and 9 credits from additional Professional Studies electives. The amount of credit a student transfers with depends on past institutions and experiences, so candidates should work with an advisor when developing a plan of study. Remaining credits come from some electives, a minor, or an applied technology concentration, depending on the student's choice.
Degree Level: Bachelor Completion
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Austin Peay State University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and education specialist degrees.
Founded in 1927, and named for Tennessee Governor Austin Peay, serving at the time of the school’s establishment, the university originated as a normal school for educators. Today, Austin Peay State University (APSU) is a four-year public institution of higher education, and its main campus is located in the city of Clarksville, Tennessee. Austin Peay State University hosts distance education degrees and courses through APSU Online and Regents Online Degree Programs (RODP).
Online degrees include associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and a teacher education and licensure program. Students can enroll in the Associate of Science Liberal Arts program or pursue a bachelor degree, including, but not limited to, fields of: communication, computer science, criminal justice, medical technology, nursing, political science, public management, and professional studies. Master’s degrees range from studies in education and communication to professional studies and nursing. Educator programs include add-on endorsements and professional development. Some programs are hybrid and do require on-campus components, while other courses may require proctored exams. Coursework is asynchronous, but classes follow that of traditional calendars with set assignments and deadlines. Online classes have the same start date as on-campus counterparts.
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