Professional Studies

School of Professional Programs

The Professional Studies program at Marist is designed for the modern, working adult. This academic program has flexible scheduling and is customizable to your career goals and interests for your bachelor’s degree. Choose from different academic disciplines to create the degree program unique to you.  This bachelor’s degree is transfer credit friendly with options for life work credit and workplace learning internships. Make your education your own with Marist’s Professional Studies program.

 

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Pursue a Degree with Flexible and Convenient Formats

At Marist, we understand the importance of providing flexibility and convenience for working adults on the path to completing their bachelor’s degrees. Our Professional Studies program offers courses online and on-ground course options, as well as accelerated course options (8-week). Students have the opportunity to mix and match these options to fit their goals and schedules.

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Pursue a Degree with Flexible and Convenient Formats

At Marist, we understand the importance of providing flexibility and convenience for working adults on the path to completing their bachelor’s degrees. Our Professional Studies program offers courses online and on-ground course options, as well as accelerated course options (8-week). Students have the opportunity to mix and match these options to fit their goals and schedules.

Build Your Degree to Fit Your Schedule

Online Courses (4-week and 8-week)

Online courses are asynchronous in design which provides more flexibility for students. Courses are hosted on a software platform (iLearn) that allows for ease of interaction with professors and classmates.

On-ground Courses (15-week)

In-person classes are available on our Poughkeepsie, NY campus. A range of class times during the day and in the evening from Monday through Friday are designed to accommodate the schedule of a working adult.

Hybrid Courses

Hybrid courses meet at the Poughkeepsie, NY campus every other week for a total of 4 out of the 8 weeks of class, combined with online work. This option provides the best of both worlds – synchronous and asynchronous components at the course level.

Blended Schedule

Combine online and on-ground formats for your classes in the 4-, 8-, and 15-week calendars as needed for scheduling and access to specific courses.

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Customize Your Education For Your Career Goals

The Bachelor's Degree in Professional Studies consists of 120 credits in the major, core, and electives. Along with the interesting and fun electives, your major courses are also very customizable as students select two or three subjects based on their career goals. You can select from subjects including, but not limited to:

  • Management Studies
  • Organizational Leadership
  • IT Management
  • Behavioral Studies (Psychology)
  • Data Center Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Public Management

Customize Your Education For Your Career Goals

The Bachelor's Degree in Professional Studies consists of 120 credits in the major, core, and electives. Along with the interesting and fun electives, your major courses are also very customizable as students select two or three subjects based on their career goals. You can select from subjects including, but not limited to:

  • Management Studies
  • Organizational Leadership
  • IT Management
  • Behavioral Studies (Psychology)
  • Data Center Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Public Management

Transfer Credit-Friendly Degree

While all programs at Marist are accepting of transferred credits from other institutions, the multidisciplinary format of the Professional Studies major allows it to be even more transfer credit friendly than most traditional majors at Marist. With this major, you can maximize your credits earned from previous colleges and universities, as well as ACE-accredited professional certifications and even credit for certain life-work experiences.

Learn About Transferring Credits
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Transfer Credit-Friendly Degree

While all programs at Marist are accepting of transferred credits from other institutions, the multidisciplinary format of the Professional Studies major allows it to be even more transfer credit friendly than most traditional majors at Marist. With this major, you can maximize your credits earned from previous colleges and universities, as well as ACE-accredited professional certifications and even credit for certain life-work experiences.

Learn About Transferring Credits

Pursue a Dual Degree with an MPA and Expand Your Future

Earn a dual degree with a Professional Studies Bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA). The Professional Studies/MPA dual degree option allows students to earn 12 credits towards their MPA as part of their Bachelor’s degree completion. This reduces the number of credits needed after your bachelor’s degree to earn your Master’s degree, saving you time and money in earning both degrees.

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Pursue a Dual Degree with an MPA and Expand Your Future

Earn a dual degree with a Professional Studies Bachelor’s degree and a Masters in Public Administration (MPA). The Professional Studies/MPA dual degree option allows students to earn 12 credits towards their MPA as part of their Bachelor’s degree completion. This reduces the number of credits needed after your bachelor’s degree to earn your Master’s degree, saving you time and money in earning both degrees.

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Degree Options That Conform To You

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Transfer-Credit Friendly

Transfer credits easily from other colleges and universities, and even earn credit for life-work experience.

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Convenient Scheduling

The Professional Studies program is designed for the working adult and provides convenient scheduling options to accommodate your busy lifestyle.

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Online, On-Ground, or Hybrid

Customize your academic schedule to fit your lifestyle with combinations of online, on-ground, or hybrid course options.

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