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.
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.
- Disciplinary Knowledge and Skills: Demonstrate mastery of fundamental concepts in a professional field of interest.
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: Evaluate information from multiple sources to provide solutions to problems in diverse professional contexts.
- Professionalism and Ethics: Develop long- and short-term plans for success in the workplace.
- Research and Analysis: Apply data-driven approaches to making decisions and improving professional practice.
- 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.
During the first term of study (or first two months of study if enrolled in the independent model), you will develop an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP) under the guidance of a faculty advisor, including the sequencing of coursework. The ILP contains a career goal statement and outlines the coursework you will complete as part of your degree plan. With the assistance of your faculty advisor, you will choose up to two focus areas that align with your professional and personal goals. You will be required to write a one-paragraph goal statement explaining your rationale for choosing the area(s) of focus and submit it to your faculty advisor for approval.
You may fulfill any program requirement, with the exception of the capstone course, via any combination of prior learning. You must complete a traditional, for-credit capstone course as the final element of your coursework.
Independent Model Policies
While enrolled in a CustomTrack program on the independent model, you will be held to all of Purdue Global's policies as outlined in this Catalog, unless expressly stated otherwise in this section.
You must meet the below admissions requirements in addition to Purdue Global's general requirements.
If you have completed prior collegiate-level coursework from an accredited institution, you must submit unofficial transcripts prior to enrollment. Prior to final approval of your Individualized Learning Plan, you must provide the University with an official copy of all unofficial transcripts presented to the University. The transcripts must show evidence of having at least two courses that you expect will transfer to the University from other institutions.
- You must complete four professional competency tutorials (PCTs). Upon completion of a PCT, the faculty member assesses your mastery of the associated Purdue Global professional competency and assigns a grade of pass or fail. You will be withdrawn from the program if unable to successfully complete the required PCTs.
- You may attempt an Assessment of Skills and Knowledge no more than two times. If you are unable to achieve a passing score on the second attempt, you may only receive credit for the course via transfer credit from an accredited institution or by taking the course at Purdue Global. Exceptions to this policy may be made only at the discretion of the Dean.
- You are not subject to the standard satisfactory academic progress standards. Instead, you must earn 10 quarter-hour credits every 12 months from your start date through any combination of Purdue Global courses, Assessments of Skills and Knowledge, experiential credit, or credits transferred in from an approved provider. You will be academically dismissed should you not meet this requirement. If you are academically dismissed, you may appeal directly to the Dean for readmission.
In addition to Purdue Global's general graduation requirements, you must successfully complete 100 percent of the required courses for your program of study and obtain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
You are exempt from Purdue Global’s attendance policy unless enrolled in the capstone course in the final term of your program.
Academic Grades and Marks
Assessment credit (“AC”), transfer credit (“TC”), and experiential credit (“EC”) do not contribute to a grade point average (GPA). Therefore, as you progress through your academic program, you may not have a GPA. Only courses taught through Purdue Global will appear with letter grades and will contribute toward a GPA.
When withdrawing from an attended course during a term, the course will receive a “W” grade. You are ineligible for temporary “IP” grades while enrolled in an independent model program.
Leave of Absence
You may request a leave of absence if you have completed two full months of enrollment at the University and can demonstrate extenuating circumstances beyond your control. A leave of absence will begin on the last day of a month, and you will return to school on the first day of a month.
You may request up to five months of leave in a calendar year. Your request must be approved prior to the requested start date of the leave.
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.