Bachelor of Professional Studies
The Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) is the college’s first fully online adult degree completion program. Earning a bachelor’s degree supports personal and professional growth along with opportunities for career advancement. In designing the BPS program, we know adult students may be juggling work and family commitments.
Two concentrations are offered: Social Services and Organizational Leadership. Each concentration is designed to provide knowledge and skills required for career advancement, delivered in an efficient way to support working adults. There is an emphasis on diversity and ethics in both concentrations and a foundation in the arts and sciences through the BPS general education program.
The BPS is structured as a cohort model, so you will be part of group of adults who have work experience along with some college credit. You may also have prior learning outside the classroom which can be part of a portfolio review in your first class. This can result in the award of a block of credit for what you know.
The program will have a split semester format of two 8-week sessions in a semester, enabling students to be enrolled full time, but to focus on just two courses at a time. Courses will be a combination of synchronous and asynchronous with no more than 50% (or 4) of classes meeting synchronously. Synchronous meetings will be scheduled for a single evening.
Each concentration includes a Certificate of Undergraduate Studies (CUS): Nonprofit Studies in the Social Services concentration and Workplace Diversity in Organizational Leadership. This stackable credential will be completed halfway through the BPS program.
See below for information on the discounted tuition for the BPS program.
- 25 years or older at time of application
- 5 years of documented comprehensive work experience and/or military training
- A minimum of 24 earned college credits from a regionally accredited college or university
- Cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher
- Available as a first bachelor’s degree only
TUITION + FEES/SEMESTER (2022-2023)
- $100 Technology Fee
- $50 Library Fee
- $275 BPS Program Fee
Current RIC students (still active as degree students) who wish to change their major to the BPS should complete this form.
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BPS Course Details
|BPS 100||Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio Development|
|FYW 100||Introduction to Academic Writing|
|ONE COURSE FROM:|
|ENGL 230W Workplace Writing|
|ENGL 231W Multimodal Writing|
|ENGL 232W Public and Community Writing|
|MATH 139||Contemporary Mathematics or any math course numbered 177 or higher|
|Arts & Humanities||One 100-level or higher course in art, dance, film, English (literature), history, modern languages, theatre|
|PSCI 250||Science as a Way of Knowing (or any college level science course|
|SOC 208||The Sociology of Race & Ethnicity|
|SOC 306||Work & Organization|
|BPS 461||Seminar in Social Services|
|COMM 333||Intercultural Communication|
|HPE 410||Managing Stress and Mental/Emotional Health|
|NPST 300||Institute in Nonprofit Studies|
|NPST 301||Financial Management for Nonprofits|
|NPST 402||Staff and Volunteer Management for Nonprofits|
|NPST 404||Communications and Resource Development for Nonprofits|
|SWRK 325||Diversity & Oppression II|
|SWRK 326W||Generalist Social Work Practice|
|SPED 461||Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders|
TOTAL CREDITS: 35
|BPS 460||Seminar in Organizational Leadership|
|COMM 333||Intercultural Communication|
|COMM 454||Organizational Communication|
|ECON 200||Introduction to Economics|
|MGT 201W||Foundations of Management|
|MGT 306||Management of a Diverse Workforce|
|MGT 320||Human Resource Management|
|MGT 322||Organizational Behavior|
|MGT 341W||Business, Government & Society|
TOTAL CREDITS: 36
For additional program information:
Professional Studies and Continuing Education (PSCE) extends the educational offerings and resources of Rhode Island College (RIC) and provides administrative programming support and assistance to affiliated agencies and organizations on and off campus.