Bachelor of Professional Studies

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The Bachelor of Professional Studies is RIC’s 100% online adult degree completion program.

Learning That Fits Your Life

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We know that many adult students are juggling work and family commitments. The Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.) program was designed with this in mind. Choose the B.P.S. program to achieve something you've always wanted, in a way that works for you.

Apply for 2024

Important Dates

Fall 2024 Program Start

  • apply by June 14, 2024
  • get notified of acceptance by June 28, 2024

Spring 2025 Program Start

  • apply by November 1, 2024
  • get notified of acceptance by November 15, 2024

Two Concentration Options

The B.P.S. bachelor's degree program allows you to choose from one of two concentrations, each including the added value of a Certificate of Undergraduate Studies (C.U.S.):

  • Organizational Leadership (C.U.S. in Workplace Diversity)
  • Social Services (C.U.S. in Nonprofit Studies)

Each concentration emphasizes diversity and ethics, while teaching concepts and skills delivered efficiently and accessibly that are required for career advancement. There is also a foundation in the arts and sciences through the B.P.S. general education requirements. 

2 Courses at a Time

The B.P.S is designed to fit within a busy working adult’s schedule. Here’s how it works: 

  • program runs during the Fall and Spring semesters 
  • each semester is split into two 7-week sessions 
  • 2 courses are taught in each session  
  • courses are delivered in a blended online format
  • synchronous courses in each semester are taught back-to-back on the same day of the week
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Fully Online Courses, Synchronous and Asynchronous

Courses are delivered in a blended online format:

  • asynchronous = students view course materials and complete assignments without specified class meetings
  • synchronous = students and instructors are talking, teaching, and learning via Zoom in real time

Please Note: No more than half of the classes meet synchronously.

Admission Requirements

  • 24 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 
  • a cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • no prior bachelor’s degree earned

Please Note: Current RIC students (still active as degree students) who wish to change their major to the B.P.S. need to submit a Change of Major Request to B.P.S. Form.

Tuition + Fees Per Semester (2024-2025)  

  • $358/credit
  • $105 technology fee
  • $52 library fee
  • $275 B.P.S. program fee

Financial Aid

Our Office of Financial Aid is ready to answer any questions about financial assistance.

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Academic Components

  • minimum of 120 earned college credits (including up to 75 transfer credits)
  • concentration: 36–39 credits
  • general education requirements: 40 credits (some of which may be from prior earned credit)
  • prior learning portfolio and/or elective credits: if needed to reach the 120 credits for graduation

B.P.S. Course Details

Required Courses

Course Number Course Title
BPS 100 Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Portfolio Development
FYW 100 Introduction to Academic Writing
ENGL 230W or ENGL 231W or ENGL 232W Workplace Writing, Multimodal Writing, or 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

Please Note: Organizational Leadership students may count ECON 200 and Social Services 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 General Education credits. 


Move Forward Today and Apply to the B.P.S. Program

We're currently accepting applications for 2024 and hope that you're willing to take the next step to advance your career in a program that understands the needs of adult learners.

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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.