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Professional Studies


The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies Accelerated Degree Program at Neumann University is designed to provide adult learners who have earned previous college credits the opportunity to complete the Bachelor of Science degree. With this program, students develop, enrich and improve the basic competencies sought by today’s organizations while moving through an accelerated format.  The Program is offered in eight-week course seminars, with opportunities to take classes online or in the evening with online enhancement.  Students will apply their learning experiences to the work environment while improving writing, critical thinking and communication skills. The uniqueness of this degree completion program is the accelerated format that utilizes Experiential Learning Projects (ELPs) that blend theory and practice.  ELPs can be professional initiatives that enable you to further research and develop projects from your place of work, as a return on investment (ROI) for employers.

Program Outcomes
In addition to meeting the Goals and Learning Outcomes of Neumann University’s Core Curriculum, and upon completion of all degree requirements, graduates of the Professional Studies Degree Program will be able to:

  • Think critically and creatively in organizational problem solving.

  • Demonstrate effective presentational skills to enhance personal and organization communications.

  • Understand, articulate and develop the key functions and competencies to be effective in today’s workforce.

  • Utilize writing skills to enhance personal and organizational communication.

  • View the diversity of world cultures and peoples through multiple perspectives

  • Optimize position in the work force.

 

Uniquely Personal
Because every student is different, and brings varying amounts of prior learning credits and experience, your Program Plan will be unique to your own interests and needs – no two Program Plans are alike!  Therefore, scheduling an appointment with an Advisor in the Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies program is critical to both creating a plan toward degree completion and getting started. 

You can begin at the start of any course, and you may apply up to 90 transfer credits into this 120 credit program, consistent with current policy, via college or university credit, documented prior learning, military credit or other methods.  You may have accumulated credit through your respective places of employment-credits that may be applied to your degree requirements.  Examples include certificates of program completion, military training documents, and professional licensures.  There is no guarantee of such credit until appropriate documents are evaluated in detail by the Division Dean and the Registrar.  For many students, the various ways to obtain credit enables further acceleration.  Advisors help to identify “next steps” to determine how many courses are needed and a timely plan for graduation, based on individual needs.

Course Requirements
In preparation for the writing requirements of all Professional Studies three-credit seminars, a minimum of 30 transfer credits with English Composition I and English Composition II, or their equivalents, must be completed prior to registering for any Professional Studies course.

Students who have earned a minimum of 30 credits prior to enrollment must complete the Professional Studies foundations sequence (30 Credits), the major course sequence (30 credits) and a series of electives, enrichment courses, or course equivalencies, such as assessed prior learning (for a total of 30 credits) as part of their self-designed program of study, as determined in consultation with their advisor. 


Students who have earned a minimum of 60 credits
prior to enrollment must complete the  major course sequence (30 credits) and a series of electives, enrichment courses, or course equivalencies, such as assessed prior learning (for a total of 30 credits) as part of their self-designed program of study, as determined in consultation with their advisor. 

Students who have earned a minimum of 90 credits prior to enrollment must complete the major core sequence (30 credits) and, in some cases, additional coursework as determined in consultation with their advisor. 

Professional Studies Foundations Sequence Course Requirements    Credits
PSCA 100                    Research And Writing for the Professions .................3
PSBUS 120                  Professional Business Etiquette ............................. 3
PSCA 200                    Effective Communication..........................................3
PSCA 220                    Presentational Speaking..........................................3
PABUS 230                 Social and Ethical Responsibility In Organizations......3
PSBUS 240                 Managing Change ...................................................3
PSBUS 250                 Cross Cultural Communication in Organizations..........3
PSBUS 260                 Creativity and Innovation............................................3
PSTHEO270                Interreligious Dialogue and Organizational Dynamics...3
PSBUS 400                 Professional Case Study...........................................3

Total……………………...................................………………………………..30


After the first 30 course requirements are satisfied, students may begin the next 30 credit course sequence in the major.  Credit needs and requirements beyond the first thirty (30) credits should be reviewed and approved by the student’s Academic Advisor in the Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies prior to registration.  The number of transfer credits allowed and the professional experiences assessed for credit will vary from one adult learner to another.  It is therefore required that individual learners undergo a thorough assessment of prior learning with final approval of individual program plans by an Academic Advisor in the Division.

Professional Studies Major Core Sequence Course Requirements          Credits
PSBUS 280                  Decision Making and Problem Solving.......................... 3
PSMAT 290                  Business Math  ......................................................... 3
PSHIST300                  American Business History...........................................3
PSPSY 310                 Psychology of Organizations.........................................3
PSCOM 320                 Organizational Communication......................................3
PSBUS 330                  Systems Thinking .......................................................3
PSBUS 340                  Technology in Organizations.........................................3
PSBUS 350                  Risk Management........................................................3
PSBUS 360                  Sustainability in Business.............................................3
PSBUS 370                  Operations Management...............................................3

Total………………………………………………........................................……..30


For those learners transferring 30-60 credits into the Professional Studies program who will require additional credits, the following elective courses offer program completion options.  Students may opt to take Professional Studies elective courses (below) or select courses from other compatible degree programs in the Division of Continuing Adult and Professional Studies.  Students may also register for approved courses in other University Divisions.  Consultation with an academic advisor will provide direction for degree completion.

Professional Studies Elective Courses                                                         Credits
PSPHIL 300                 Philosophy of Business.........................................3
PSBUS 380                 High Performance Work Teams...............................3
PSCOA 300                 Coaching .............................................................3
PSBUS 390                 Entrepreneurism....................................................3
PSINT400                    Professional Career Exploration..............................3

Total………………………………………..............................……………..Will Vary

 

Total Transfer credits required………………………………………….. 30 minimum

Total Credits from Neumann University…………………………………30 minimum

Total self-designed/elective credits………………………………...Will Vary      


Total Bachelor of Science credits upon graduation………………………120

Transfer credit in related disciplines and documented prior learning may be evaluated to satisfy either specific course and/or self-designed requirements.

 

Please click HERE to view course descriptions of the Professional Studies Courses.

 

Degree Requirements
In addition to the University’s general requirements for graduation, the following must be completed:

For the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies: A minimum of 120 credits in Professional Studies with a 2.00 minimum cumulative GPA.

 

Admission Criteria
Any student 19 years of age or older who has either completed high school, or earned a GED, and completed a minimum 30 credits of college coursework, including English Composition I and II, may apply to the Professional Studies Accelerated Degree Program. Application procedures are detailed in the Admissions Information section of this website.

Advisors can provide more details including which options may apply to your own personal experiences. To discover how close you might be to your degree, please feel free to consult one of our professional advisors in Continuing Adult and Professional Studies at (610) 558-5529 or caps@neumann.edu

 

 

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