Associate of Science in Professional Studies

Description and Outcomes

The Associate of Science in Professional Studies (ASPr) degree is designed to create a foundation for future studies through pursuit of a higher degree. The ASPr is an interdisciplinary program that meets the needs of working professionals while addressing both academic rigor and flexibility. 

The ASPr is a CustomTrack program designed to offer you the opportunity to create a customized degree plan to meet your unique professional goals, both through your choice of either an independent or term-based collegiate model for your program, and through your selection of electives with the guidance of your faculty advisor. (For more information on CustomTrack and its independent and traditional models, see Learning Paths in the Approach to Learning section of the catalog.)

Upon completion of this degree, you may find career options available in a variety of fields based on the individual design of your program.

Program Length

The Associate of Science in Professional Studies program consists of a minimum of 90 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded an associate of science degree.

Program Outcomes

Discipline-Specific Outcomes

  1. Disciplinary Knowledge and Skills: Demonstrate mastery of fundamental concepts in a professional field of interest.
  2. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Evaluate information from multiple sources to provide solutions to problems in diverse professional contexts.
  3. Professionalism and Ethics: Develop long- and short-term plans for success in the workplace.
  4. Research and Analysis: Apply data-driven approaches to making decisions and improving professional practice.
  5. Disciplinary Knowledge and Skills: Chosen by faculty and student. Based on student’s area of study; student works with a Faculty Advisor to create a program-specific outcome matching the student's professional area of interest.

General Education Literacies and Professional Competencies

In addition to the discipline-specific outcomes, general education literacies and professional competencies are integrated throughout your academic program. You can review the general education literacies and professional competencies associated with your academic program in the General Education and Professional Competency Requirements section of this Catalog.

Program Availability

For program availability, please refer to the U.S. State and Other Approvals section and Program Availability Information.


Please refer to the school-specific policies.

Certification, State Board, and National Board Exams

Certain state certification and licensure boards have specific educational requirements for programs to lead to a license or nongovernmental certification that is a precondition for employment in a recognized occupation.

Unless otherwise specified, Purdue Global's programs are not designed to meet any specific state’s licensure or certification requirements. If certain licensed occupations, vocations, or professions are not explicitly listed, Purdue Global has not reviewed the licensure or certification requirements of those occupations, vocations, or professions, nor intended the program to meet such requirements. Licensure-track programs may limit enrollment to students in certain states; please see Purdue Global’s Program Availability Information to determine enrollment eligibility.

You are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. Such requirements may change during the course of your program. You are not automatically certified in any way upon program completion. Although certain programs are designed to prepare you to take various optional certification exams, Purdue Global cannot guarantee you will be eligible to take these exams or become certified. Your eligibility may depend on your work experience, completion of education and/or degree requirements, not having a criminal record, meeting other certification requirements, or the program or the University itself having appropriate accreditation or licensure.