University of Southern Indiana
Adult Learner

Professional Studies

A degree that matters, no matter your age.

USI's Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) provides adult students with a convenient, affordable path to a college degree. 

Do you have . . . ?

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Some college but no degree?


Military experience, past or present?


Employment in business or manufacturing?

Designed for working adults, military veterans, active-duty service members and other nontraditional students, the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program empowers you to build on prior knowledge you've gained both inside and outside of the classroom.

We'll work with you to devise a personalized bachelor's degree program that integrates your:

  • Previously earned college credits
  • Technical education
  • Military service
  • Professional training

Choose from one of six options:

  • Major in Individual Studies - the most flexible pathway focused on meeting graduation requirements and career goals. Students work closely with the BPS Advisor to create a pathway to degree completion. 
  • Applied Studies majors have a common core of 21 credit hours (7 online courses) with additional requirements in five concentration areas, including:

    • Applied Studies – Crime and Justice Concentration (12 credit hours)
    • Applied Studies – Cybersecurity Concentration (12 credit hours)
    • Applied Studies – Early Childhood Education Concentration (12 credit hours)
    • Applied Studies – Organizational Leadership Concentration (12 credit hours)
    • Applied Studies – Public Service Concentration (12 credit hours)

The length of your program will depend upon your prior college experience, your professional or technical training and whether you want to enroll full- or part-time. The program also offers opportunities to complete coursework online.

You'll graduate with a bachelor's degree from an accredited university, gain new skills that can advance your career, create new job opportunities and increase your earning power.

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"The BPS program was the only program available where I didn’t have to start all over again."
West Tenbarge, Staff Sergeant, National Guard

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"I quickly learned that the BPS would take into account my professional experience and prior college credits."
Debra Becht, director of retail operations at Banterra Bank


“The course curriculum improved my communication skills and gave me the tools and confidence to lead.”
Douglas Hazel, Graham Packaging

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