Bachelor of Professional Studies

Adult student with Social Work professor

Thank you for your interest in the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree at Rhode Island College. The 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.

APPLY NOW for BPS Program

Two concentrations are offered:  Social Services, which will begin in the spring of 2022 and Organizational Leadership, scheduled for Fall 2022. 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 7-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% of class meeting synchronously. Whenever possible, synchronous meetings will be scheduled for a single evening.

Note: for Spring 2022, the first Social Services cohort’s synchronous meetings will be on a Tuesday evening.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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 (2021-2022)    

  • $340/credit
  • $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.

For additional information:
Contact Lori Jordan, EdD, Program Coordinator, at bps@ric.edu

BPS Program
Professional Studies & Continuing Education
Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Providence, RI 02908

For financial aid information:
Contact Nancy Bessette, Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid, at financialaid@ric.edu 

Office of Financial Aid
Rhode Island College
600 Mt. Pleasant Ave.
Providence, RI 02908

Program Course Details

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS: (see course details below)
http://ric.smartcatalogiq.com/2021-2022/Catalog/Bachelor-of-Professional-Studies  

REQUIRED COURSES
 

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
 

REQUIRED COURSES

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
 

REQUIRED COURSES:

BPS 100 Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio Development
FYW 100 Introduction to Academic Writing
ONE COURSE FROM  
  ENGL 230 Workplace Writing
  ENGL 231 Multimodal Writing
  ENGL 232W Public and Community Writing
MATH 139 Contemporary Mathematics or any math course numbered 177 or higher
PHIL 206 Ethics
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

NOTE: OL students may count ECON 200 and SS students may count SWRK 325 towards four of the remaining general education credits. Prior earned college credit will be evaluated to see which may be used to fulfill remaining credits to reach the minimum of 40 required Gen Ed credits

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Contact Us

APPLY HERE FOR BPS PROGRAM 2022 Application deadline: January 7, 2022

Office of Professional Studies and Continuing Education

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.

Lori N. Jordan

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