Professional Studies, B.S.

Advance your Career with a Bachelor's Degree in Professional Studies

Designed specifically for adult learners, our flexible career-oriented online degree program prepares you for the workforce by focusing on the skills employers demand including critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, communications and management.

8

Week Courses

11

Electives

6

Start Terms a Year

2

Year Average Completion Time

Program Prerequisites

A strong candidate for the School of Professional Studies (SPS) program would have the following:

  • Either English 101 Composition with a grade “C” or above or successful completion of the English Placement Test (EPT) administered by SPS
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Previous college or work experience is preferred

Transfer Information

The School of Professional Studies offers accelerated degrees with multiple options for transfer of credits; prior learning through work experience, military service, and competency exams.

The maximum of 66 credits may be transferred in from an accredited two-year school and 90 credits from an accredited four-year school.

Required Materials

  • A completed application for admission
  • Official transcripts from all previously attended post-secondary institutions. If you have not attended a post-secondary institution, submit an official high school transcript or proof of completion of high school, or GED
  • Official transcripts for CLEP, DSST, AP, foreign credential evaluation, and military documents, if applicable
    • To be considered official, transcripts must have the original seal of authentication and the signature of the Registrar. Personal copies are not considered official. When requesting transcripts, please have the school include both your maiden name and your married name, if applicable.
  • If you are transferring 12 credits or less, you must provide a letter of recommendation, a personal statement, and a copy of your high school diploma or official transcript.
  • If you are transferring 24 credits or less, you must provide a copy of your high school diploma or official transcript.
  • Apply for financial aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov using the University of Bridgeport’s school code: 001416

Questions?

Visit How to Apply to learn more about the process and how to contact your admissions counselor.

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies distance learning degree is designed to provide career-focused learning geared toward coursework in organizational communication and leadership so you can enhance your knowledge, analytical abilities and critical thinking skills for advancement in your career. This is not a degree in business administration. As a student, you complete a professional studies core, the University general education core and then choose to concentrate in one of three areas:

Healthcare Administration

The Healthcare Administration concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies online degree will help students manage the business side of healthcare. The program explores the different ways healthcare is delivered and managed that include regulatory, technological, financial and administrative factors in the context of a rapid-changing healthcare industry.

Students will complete coursework in Community and Public Health, Management of Health Care Information Systems, Law, and Ethics in Health Care, Health Care Financial Management, Health Care Organization & Administration, Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences, and Health Care Strategic Management.

Detailed Degree Plan

Human Resources Management

The Human Resource Administration concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies distance learning degree will help the student cultivate a work environment that steers the organization toward its objective. The areas of employee relations, recruitment, staffing, benefits, outsourcing, and safety will be explored to improve the work experience for all employees.

Students will complete coursework in Organizational Behavior, Introduction to Human Resource Management, Compensation & Benefits, Conflict & Negotiation, Training Methods, Labor Law and Organizational Psychology.

Detailed Degree Plan

Organizational Leadership & Change

The Organizational Leadership & Change concentration of the Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies distance learning degree identifies the challenges and opportunities of today’s ever-changing work environment.  Professionals will explore various leadership theories and practices and develop valuable team-building, strategic planning and communication.   Whether the organization is a new startup, a family business or a Fortune 500 company this degree will help navigate rapid technological, regulatory and societal changes.

Students will complete coursework in Organizational Communication, Organizational Behavior, Supervision, and Team Building, Non-profit Management, Organizational Change and Leadership, Industrial/Organizational Psychology and Challenges in Leadership Seminar.

Detailed Degree Plan

The Bachelor of Professional Studies distance learning degree is comprised of 120 credits including university core, professional studies courses, concentration courses, credits of electives and capstone.

University Core

General education course requirements can be found in the UB Catalog. You can also review the School of Professional Studies Course Descriptions, Prerequisites and Course codes.

Courses include Writing, First Year Studies, Math, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Social Science, Fine Arts, Speech, Language Arts and a Capstone.

Professional Studies Program Requirements

MCOM 110 Public Communication

The process and variables of everyday public address are examined through situations, content, presentation strategies and effects, and by classroom practice in the basic principles of oral communication.

Course Code: IS, PRST, UC

PRST 201 Fundamentals of Management and Leadership

This course explores the fundamental principles, theory and functions applicable to a variety of organizational settings. Specific techniques related to managerial functions are explored as well as the broad issues and trends influence the practice of contemporary management: globalization, technology, diversity, and competitive advantage. Special emphasis is on the role leadership plays in motivation, performance management, communication, team building, innovation, and change management.

Course Code: PRST,BC

PRST 202 Business Math

Business Math will assist students in learning to use mathematics effectively as a tool in their personal and business lives. After students complete this course, they will be able to understand the terminology used, apply basic math skills, and use common mathematic formulas to solve a variety of personal and business mathematics problems.

Course Code: PRST, BC

PRST 204 Social Impact of Technology

This course is designed to critically assess the institutional forces that shape and create the demand for information technology (IT). It will also discuss how the consumption of IT impacts economy and society. The course will help participants think about how changing social and economic conditions determine what technologies are consumed and how they are consumed, who consumes them and where they are consumed.

Course Code: PRST

PRST 220 Analytical and Persuasive Writing

Continuing to practice the rhetorical skills introduced in ENGL 101, students will develop analytical, interpretive, and information literacy skills necessary for constructing a well-supported, researched, academic argument.

Prerequisite: ENGL 101

Course Code: PRST

PRST 224 Critical Thinking and Writing

Develops the ability to analyze, criticize and advocate ideas. Examines relationship of language to logic, induction and deduction, facts, inferences, judgments, formal and informal fallacies of language and thought. Instructs in writing about issues of critical thinking to develop both thinking and writing skills.

Prerequisite: ENGL 101

Course Code: PRST

MCOM 284 Organizational Communication

Understanding and development of communications skills necessary for individuals to function effectively in business and corporate roles. Special consideration given to the verbal and nonverbal elements of the work situation: barriers to communications, listening skills, interviewing, instructional skills, forms of negotiation, technical reports, and principles of group behavior. Students’ skills are assessed relative to the levels of communication required in various career areas.

Course Code: GE, PRST

PRST 250 Budgeting and Finance for Organizations

This course familiarizes managers with the core tasks needed for effective financial planning and explains the budgeting process in diverse organizations. Organization, techniques, and politics of administrative planning, budget preparation and legislative appropriations, and control systems in public administration.

Prerequisites: PRST 201 and PRST 202

Course Code: PRST, BC

Healthcare Administration Requirements

HSCI 250 Introduction to Community and Public Health

This is an introductory course on public health principles and the current delivery systems in the U.S. It introduces he major areas of public health, epidemiology, health care management, environmental and social behavioral health, health informatics. Current problems and alternative solutions will also be examined.

Course Code: HLAD

HLAD 331 Law and Ethics in Healthcare

This course presents an overview of the legal and ethical issues faced by healthcare consumers, practitioners, and administrators. The course will introduce students to the legal aspects of health care at the federal, state, and local levels. Topics covered will include criminal and civil claims against health care providers, corporate and individual liability, and legal and ethical decision-making.

Prerequisite: PHIL 203

Course Code: HLAD

HLAD 332 Healthcare Organization and Administration

This is an introductory course on the organization, finance and delivery of health care services from a societal perspective. It examines alternatives that a society may organize, finance, and deliver health care services, and the philosophical, social, and political economic foundation underlying a health care system. It begins with examining the nature of health and health care services, and followed by reviewing the role of government and free market on health and health care services. Alternative ways of organizing and financing health care services are then explored. Among private health institutions, the focus of inquiry is on health insurance and its provision, hospitals, the role of physicians, and long-term care organizations. Finally, current issues of the U.S. health care system and possible development are also studied. While this course uses mostly examples from the U.S., experiences from other countries are also discussed where it is pertinent.
Prerequisites: PRST 201 and PRST 250
Course Code: HLAD

HLAD 333 Management Healthcare Information Systems

This course examines healthcare organizations from the perspective of managing the information systems that exist within the enterprise. Identifying the clinical and healthcare delivery processes and how they relate to information systems is a main focus. The intent of the course is to identify the key issues confronting the management of healthcare information systems today, examine their causes, and develop reasonable solutions to these issues.
Prerequisites: PRST 201 and PRST 250

Course Code: HLAD

HLAD 334 Healthcare Financial Management

This course is an application of financial management techniques to decision making for health care professionals. This course examines aspects of modern hospital & health care organization financial management to prepare students for supervisory and management roles. In addressing the types of financial decisions that health care executives are most likely to be involved in the course objective is to understand the underlying importance of (1) accounting information; (2) health care industry knowledge; and (3) principles of economics.

Prerequisites: PRST 202 and PRST 250

Course Code: HLAD

HLAD 335 Healthcare Strategic Management

This course will introduce students to concepts, principles, and practices of strategic management in multiple health care settings. Case studies will be used from the health care industry as well as other business sectors to expose students to the field of organizational behavior. Students will develop their knowledge in areas including negotiation, leadership, organizational design, and organizational culture, how people work in organizations, and strategy (including stakeholder and SWOT analysis, and the current approaches to the development of strategic plans).

Prerequisite: HLAD 332

Course Code: HLAD

PSYC 385 Statistical Methods in Psychology

This course will provide the student with an overview of basic statistical theories and methodologies used in modern psychological research. Topics will include the theoretical basis, application, and methodologies involved in descriptive statistics, correlations, t-tests, ANOVAs and regressions.
Prerequisites: PSYC 103 and PRST 202

Course Code: HS-PE, LA, PSY-PE, SsC

Human Resources Administration Requirements

PRST 300 Organizational Behavior

This course provides a comprehensive analysis of individual and group behavior in organizations. Its purpose is to provide an understanding of how organizations can be managed more effectively and at the same time enhance the quality of employees work life. Topics include motivation, rewarding behavior, stress, individual and group behavior, conflict, power and politics, leadership, job design, job satisfaction, organizational structure, organizational culture, decision-making,
communication and organizational change and development.

Prerequisite: PRST 201

Course Code: PRST, BC

MGMT 305 Human Resource Management

The student is introduced to current theory, research and practice in the management of human resources in organizations. Job design, recruitment, selection, performance feedback, goal setting, training, employee rights, safety, compensation and benefits issues are reviewed within the context of their application in the US as a world standard for such practices, with comparisons to customs and practices in the international arena.

Prerequisite: PRST 300

Course Code: BC, BE, HRAD, HS, PRST-PE

MGMT 311 Compensation and Benefits Administration

Students in this course will examine the major foundation programs and skills that undergird the current practice of Human Resource Management. Theory and method used in the design of compensation systems is explored, interviewing method and skill as applied to data gathering for problem solving or personnel selection, surveys for compensation benchmarking or employee attitude measurement and development of performance feedback and goal setting (MBO) programs are intensively reviewed. Student projects in program applications are required.

Prerequisite: MGMT 305

Course Code: BC, BE, HRAD, PRST-PE

MGMT 340 Conflict and Negotiation

The development of conflict-management and negotiating skills with particular emphasis on achieving effective and efficient outcomes within a global and multi-cultural context. Experiential exercises, readings and discussions will demonstrate various strategies for a broad range of negotiating scenarios, e.g., buyer seller, management-labor, personal salary increase, cross-national, etc.

Prerequisites: MGMT 305 and PRST 300

Course Code: BC, BE, HRAD, PRST-PE

MGMT 342 Labor Law and Arbitration

Modern labor legislation and its practical impact on present relations between labor and management. Increasing role of government through federal statutes and agencies.

Historical background, principles, procedures and judicial aspects of arbitration process. Nature and function of arbitration; powers of arbitrator; and arbitration cases.

Prerequisite: MGMT 305

Course Code: BC, BE, HRAD, PRST-PE

PSYC 309 Organization Psychology

Application of psychological principles to industry, business, transportation, communications, institutions, and consumer behavior.

Prerequisite: PSYC 103 or PRST 201

Course Code: HRAD, HS-PE, LA, ORLD, PSY-PE, SsC 

HRAD 344 Training Methods

This course explores current and emerging models and theories, and practical methods to effectively connect training and learning to organizational/business goals. In this course, the student will learn how to 1) identify training and development needs through needs assessments, 2) analyze jobs and tasks to determine training and development objectives, 3) create appropriate training objectives, 4) design effective training and development programs using different techniques or methods, 5) implement a variety a different training and development activities, and 6) evaluate training and development programs.

Prerequisites: PRST 300 and MGMT 305

Course Code: HRAD, BC, PRST-PE

Organization Leadership & Change Requirements

MCOM 384 Organizational Communication

Communication in formal organizations, such as schools, industry, hospitals, and government, with emphasis on how organizational variables affect communication behavior of humans at work. Simulation, role-playing, case method, and videotape are used as techniques for evaluating personal and organizational effectiveness.

Prerequisite: PRST 201

Course Code: ORLD, PRST-PE

PRST 300 Organizational Behavior

This course provides a comprehensive analysis of individual and group behavior in organizations. Its purpose is to provide an understanding of how organizations can be managed more effectively and at the same time enhance the quality of employees work life. Topics include motivation, rewarding behavior, stress, individual and group behavior, conflict, power and politics, leadership, job design, job satisfaction, organizational structure, organizational culture, decision-making,
communication and organizational change and development.

Prerequisite: PRST 201

Course Code: PRST, BC

ORLD 341 Supervision and Team Building

The course develops management theories of planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and controlling. Emphasis will be given to the effectiveness of human relations in communication, leadership matters, and team-building concepts as it relates to the workplace. Although the course emphasizes principles and practices of first-line supervision, it also introduces concepts and skills for supervisory leadership and supervisory management needed for effective team building, program or organizational innovation, group decision-making, and mediating intra-staff conflict as well as conflict between staff and administration.

Prerequisites: PRST 201 and PRST 300 or HUSV 301

Course Code: ORLD, HS-PE

ORLD 342 Non-profit Management

This course will introduce students to strategic management issues in the nonprofit sector. The course will cover key issues in founding, leading, managing, and governing nonprofit organizations and new nonprofit ventures, including organizational mission, strategic analysis and planning, board governance, multiple constituencies, partnerships and collaborations, human resources, financial management, fundraising and resource development, and performance measurement and impact.

Prerequisites: PRST 201 and PRST 300 or HUSV 301

Course Code: ORLD, HS-PE, PRST-PE

PSYC 309 Organization Psychology

Application of psychological principles to industry, business, transportation, communications, institutions, and consumer behavior.

Prerequisites: PSYC 103 or PRST 201

Course Code: HRAD, HS-PE, LA, ORLD, PSY-PE, SsC

ORLD 350 Organizational Change and Leadership

This course offers students a comprehensive, relevant perspective on leadership and management. While the course provides grounding in important concepts, it also stresses application to professional and community settings. Students analyze concepts such as leading as an interactive process (involving the leader, the "followers", and the situation), managing with innovation and creativity, escaping from embedded practices, and embracing new managerial principles.

Prerequisites: PRST 201 and PRST 300

Course Code: ORLD

ORLD 351 Challenges in Leadership Seminar

This course will explore in a seminar format leaders and leadership situations. The key elements of leadership will be discussed and should facilitate the development of a coherent and consistent perspective on leadership.

Prerequisite: ORLD 350

Course Code: ORLD

Capstone

CAPS 390 Capstone Seminar

The Capstone Seminar is the culmination of leaning in the Core Curriculum. As such, it reflectively builds upon learning from the carious liberal arts. The course is conducted as a seminar and thus requires substantial reading and informed participation. All students write an original essay that integrates themes raised in course reading and discussion.

Prerequisites: Completion of 90 credits and fulfillment of ALL other Core requirements.

Course Code: UC (Seniors Only)

Upon graduation from the Professional Studies distance learning program, you will:

  • Understand the concept of professionalism as it relates to organizational leadership and change.
  • Utilize administrative and leadership theory and practices relevant to understand organizations.
  • Employ critical thinking methodology for analyzing and resolving organizational issues.
  • Communicate in diverse, team-oriented workplaces through group presentations, oral and written reports, and communication formats tailored for business environments.
  • Analyze and comprehend the leadership and interpersonal competencies essential to effective management and administration.
  • Understand the ethical standards, values and attitudes appropriate to professionals.
  • Gain knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with workplace success.

 

Additionally, the Organizational Leadership track will prepare graduates to:

  • Demonstrate leadership skills in visioning, strategic planning, and managing change.
  • Demonstrate managerial skills in budgeting and finance, management of personnel, safety, information systems, and technology in the workplace.
  • Find the most current and best available research and apply evidence-based practices to organizational change.

 

Additionally, the Human Resource Administration track will prepare graduates to:

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of recruiting methods and the validity of various selection procedures.
  • Design and execute a training project using the appropriate theories and facilitation skills.
  • Design competitive pay structures and performance-based incentive systems.
  • Explain employee and employer rights and obligations in a collective bargaining situation.
  • Design human resource policies and practice that comply with labor and employment legislation and regulations.

 

Additionally, the Healthcare Administration track will prepare graduates to: 

  • Demonstrate the knowledge of the fundamental and technical concepts of health care management and apply it to decision-making in managing within healthcare organizations.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the core disciplines of healthcare administration: healthcare organization and structure, healthcare finance, healthcare policy, and/or public health to enhance decision-making in managing the healthcare organizations.
  • Use contemporary federal and state health-policies to analyze various healthcare issues.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the primary ethical values underlying the healthcare institutions and delivery (i.e., respect for persons, beneficence, and justice, in managerial decision-making).
  • Apply basic statistical, quantitative, and economic concepts and tools to support analysis and decision-making.

 

The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies is a career-focused, online degree-completion program that refines your skills and abilities for application in a broad range of professions. The accelerated program is designed to provide you with organizational leadership, technical and analytical skills, communication, and professional development skills valued by employers and required in today’s workplace for entry-level management positions.

After the completion of the program, you will be well prepared for careers in the following industries:

  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Educational services
  • Credit intermediation and banking
  • Insurance
  • Hospitals and health care
  • Manufacturing
Graduates may be successful in jobs such as:

  • Marketing manager
  • Account manager
  • Accountant
  • Project Manager
  • Store Manager
  • Executive Assistant
  • Human Resources Manager

 

Career Assistance

UB's Center for Career Development helps graduates prepare for entrance into the workforce. Our comprehensive career counseling and resource center is dedicated to helping you become an active participant in your own academic, professional, and career development.

Services provided include basics like resume and cover letter building, interview preparation, negotiation, goal assessment, and personal branding.

What's UBJobnet?

UBjobnet is UB’s internal job portal–open only to UB students and alumni! Here, you can access a variety of opportunities posted by local and national employers. Search for jobs/internships, submit your resume online, register for career related events, or all of the above.

To access UBjobnet:

  • Login to the myUB Portal
  • Click on the “Quick Links” box on the right side to navigate to UBjobnet
  • Find the resources that suit your needs:
    • Job Search: Find full-time, part-time, internship, student employment and volunteer opportunities
    • Email me new jobs: Set up job alerts by clicking “Email me new jobs” located above your search results. Use specific keywords to help tailor your emails to match your interests
    • Career Events: Register for and learn about more upcoming events
    • Employer Directory: Find and research companies related to your desired field
  • Upload your updated resume and cover letters to UBjobnet to be able to easily apply to posted positions through the system
  • Update your major, GPA, and graduation year in your profile to receive information on jobs and events related to your field

Curriculum Requirements

A total of 120 semester hours are required for graduation, of which 24 credits will be Bachelor of Professional Studies core, 21 will be in your concentration and 33 credits will be electives.

Transfer Credits

  • The maximum of 66 credits may be transferred in from an accredited two-year school and 90 credits from an accredited four-year school
  • You are cautioned not to register for courses that have been transferred to the University of Bridgeport, as you will forfeit the grade and credits earned

You may also fill graduation requirements through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or receive Credit for Life Experience (CLEWP).

Grading

  • A grade of "C" or higher must be earned on each course in the Program Requirements and Concentration Requirements sections to satisfy graduation qualifications
  • Accepted transfer credits have no effect on your Quality Point Ratio (QPR) while you are in attendance at UB. These credits apply only toward meeting the graduation requirements.
  • You are required to maintain a 2.00 QPR while in attendance at the University of Bridgeport to meet the graduation requirements.

 

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