Online Degree Completion Program

Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies 

Concentrations in Technical Leadership Administration (TLA) and Liberal Arts (LA)

Use your credits toward a degree that incorporates a variety of different knowledge areas with our fully online B.S. in Professional Studies degree completion program.

This program was designed for professionals or students who wish to finish their degree in order to gain more focused professional training, switch careers, or advance in their current position.

Apply Now to finish your degree.

Why Earn a Degree in Professional Studies?

  • Become a problem solver in your workplace and beyond. Develop your ability to analyze information and think critically and successfully use analytic reasoning skills to solve complex problems
  • Diversify your knowledge. Expand your understanding of diverse people and cultures
  • Boost your everyday professional skills. Build comprehensive writing, reading, and critical thinking skills.
  • Learn how to present your best self to the world. Develop strong interpersonal skills, become a better speaker, and learn valuable leadership skills to propel you forward in your career. 

Program and Courses Overview

Winter Term Start Date: December 17, 2018 

Spring Term Start Date: January 22, 2019

Complete this flexible online program in as little as two years by taking six credits each academic semester and three credits during the summer and winter terms.

Courses needed in the core and foundation will be run at least once every two years. During the spring and fall semesters, accelerated 8-week courses are offered, so you only have to worry about one course at a time. 

For tuition costs, visit the Student Accounts' Undergraduate Online Degree Completion page. 

Admissions Requirements

  • Associate’s degree or at least 45 transferable college credits
    • If you need to fulfill general education requirements or free elective courses, you may take those classes at your local community college or through Shippensburg University once you’ve been accepted or after you’ve completed the required major courses.
  • Current resume including a goal statement and documenting work and/or volunteer experience
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0
  • To apply: www.ship.edu/apply

Degree Requirements 

  • Completion of the 42-credit program with a minimum of a 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • Fulfillment of 48 credits of general education requirements
  • Attainment of a minimum of 120 college/university credits

Core Courses for Both Concentrations (24 credits)

  • ENG 338 Technical Writing for the Professions
  • MIS 142 Business Computer Systems
  • MGT 331 Principles of Management
  • HCS385 Resolving Conflict Through Communications
  • HCS 270 Intergroup/Intercultural Comm
  • HCS 350 Theories of Organizational Comm
  • MGT305 Organizational Behavior
  • SOC 310 Leading in Society

Guided Electives for Liberal Arts (18 credits)

  • MAT 117 Applied Statistics (required)
  • HIS 379 History of Science (elective)
  • ENG 438 Advanced Technical Writing (elective)
  • SOC 440 Global Leadership for Global Society (elective)
  • ENG 358 Ethnic Literature (required)
  • Internship or completion of professional research project (3 credits)

Guided Electives for Technical Leadership Administration (9 credits)

  • MGT 340 Human Resource Management (elective)
  • MGT 394 Leadership and Decision-Making (elective)
  • MAT 117 Applied Statistics (elective)
  • SOC 440 Global Leadership in a Global Society (elective)
  • MKT 305 Principles of Marketing (elective)
  • Internship or completion of professional research project (3 credits)

For more information that is specific to the program courses, curriculum, and work place applicability, please contact:

Dr. Barbara Jones Denison, Program Director, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
Grove Hall 426, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1151 | bjdeni@ship.edu

For general questions, contact the Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education:
Horton Hall 108, 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1502 | pcde@ship.edu