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Online Professional Studies Degree

Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview

So, you're thinking about going back to school. You know you need a Bachelor's degree, but you're not sure what you want to study. Don't worry — you're not alone!

If you're unsure, our online degree in professional studies might be the right fit for you. It's a generalist program that encompasses the best practices in leadership, entrepreneurship, communications, marketing and business management — skills you'll use anywhere, in whichever career you decide to pursue. 


Explore our convenient and flexible online curriculum, at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home, and you'll experience compelling courses, innovative faculty and thought-provoking forums for discussion. Most importantly, you'll finish every session with practical, real-world knowledge that can be put into practice the very next day!


You may transfer up to 90 credit hours from other institutions to go toward the 128 credit hours needed for your online professional studies degree. Contact an advisor for more information.

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Spring Term:
Jan. 21, 2015
Fall Term:
Aug. 24, 2015


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Core Online Professional Studies Degree Courses

ACCT 203 - Principles of Accounting I

Briar Cliff University's introduction to the use of accounting in the decision-making process. Course competencies will be developed in the areas of identifying the role of accounting in society, basic accounting and business terminology, accounting standards and generally accepted accounting practices, and analysis, preparation and interpretation of financial statements of business entities. Read more »

ACCT 204 - Principles of Accounting II

This Briar Cliff University course is designed to continue financial statement analysis and introduce the basics of managerial accounting, including, but not limited to, the following: cost behavior, costing methods, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, planning and control and other introductory topics. Read more »

BUAD 225 - Principles of Management

A study of the concepts, principles and philosophy of management. The four functions of management—planning, organizing, leading and controlling - are examined with respect to various management styles. Read more »

BUAD 301 - Principles of Marketing

Study of the concepts and problems concerned with the flow of goods and services to the consumer. An analysis will be made of the following: Marketing functions, wholesale and retail institutions, and internal and external factors affecting activities. Read more »

CSCI 100 - Introduction to Computers

An introduction to common computer applications. All sessions will be held in one of the university's computer labs. Students will become proficient with Windows, Word for Windows (word processor), Excel for Windows (spreadsheet), and use of the Internet. Read more »

ECON 210 - Principles of Microeconomics

Introduction to basic economic theory, with emphasis placed on decision making by individual units such as households, firms, or industries and with individual markets for final goods and resources. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor Read more »

HRM 325 - Human Resource Management

This course focuses on human resource policies, issues, principles and methodologies. Through activities and case studies the student is able to apply the theory from the text to realistic problems from the work world. Read more »

HRM 335 - Organizational Behavior

This course uses a theory and experienced-based approach to study influences and outcomes of individual and group behavior within organizations. Sample topics include individual differences, motivation, culture, power/politics, stress, groups and communication. Read more »

MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics

An introduction to the theory and applications of statistics intended for students in business, nursing and the social sciences, but also recommended for students in the liberal arts. Topics include measures of central tendency and variability, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, correlation, analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics. This course is not open to those in a mathematics major. Prerequisite: MATH 10 or recommendation of the department chairperson based upon mathematics assessment Read more »

SPEC 111 - Public Speaking

An introduction to the craft of public speaking. Emphasis is placed on techniques of speech composition. A study is made of the different types of speeches with special attention given to informative and persuasive speaking. Read more »

WRTG 225 - Organizational Communications

Newspaper headlines and bestseller titles continue to emphasize the importance in business of effective communication. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

Students admitted to this program must have at least two years professional work experience.

The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies requires completion of all general education criteria and enough electives to meet 124 credit hours.