](/academics/distance-learning-at-jsc/apply-online/) The B.A. in Professional Studies is a flexible, self-designed distance-learning program for adults with specific career goals. It’s a popular option that allows students to apply their existing college credits and focus their learning in a specific area of interest, including business, human resources, criminal justice, communications, social services and more — virtually any field of interest or professional endeavor. More than a third of our adult students choose the B.A. in Professional Studies because it allows them to structure a degree program from a variety of previously earned college credits.
Johnson State College is a nationally recognized institution of higher education established in 1828 and accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools & Colleges. As a public, nonprofit college, we are driven by what best serves our students, not profits.
Self-Designed to Meet Your Career Goals
Starting your first semester, you will create a program of study in consultation with your advisor that combines theory with applied, practice-based professional learning in your chosen field and area of specialization. You will develop and submit a degree plan that identifies a focus of study, integrates your existing college credits and prior learning, and outlines the courses and/or internship experiences you propose to take.
During the course of your studies, you will learn about best practices and expected standards in your area of focus while developing strong communication, leadership, and strategic and analytical thinking skills. Earning the B.A. degree requires meeting all general education requirements and completing at least 30 credits in a focused area of study (including at least 15 upper-level credits). Three of those credits are earned through the Senior Seminar in Professional Studies, which involves research and project development as well as class presentations.
A degree in Professional Studies from JSC has taken our graduates down many career paths, from criminal justice to human resources, corporate management, business, nonprofit development and more.
You can also choose to complete your program of study using our preplanned tracks.
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