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Explore the Professional Studies program at UW-Eau Claire

The bachelor of science in professional studies, beginning fall semester 2024, is a degree completion program ideal for a variety of students. The major is designed for students who have completed a two-year technical associate degree or students who have completed a significant number of college credits and wish to complete a bachelor’s degree. Students in this program will select concentrations based on their areas of interest. UWEC's professional studies program is designed to build on your experience — providing the depth employers are looking for in critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills.

Students must have completed at least 30 credits to enter the program. Students with a completed Associate of Applied Science degree from a Wisconsin Technical College System institution can transfer up to 60 technical credits toward the Professional Studies major.

Why complete my Professional Studies degree at UW-Eau Claire?

Finish what you started. Your previous coursework will count toward your overall credit requirements for this program. Whether you enter with a partial bachelor's degree or a completed associate degree, your credits will transfer — helping you take the final step to earning your bachelor’s degree.

Exceptional support. You will work directly with an advisor to ensure you are selecting courses that will move you along your career path and meet graduation requirements. With this support along the way, completing the next step of your education is closer than you think.

Study what interests you. You will choose from academic concentrations in Professional Communication, Health and Wellbeing, Social and Behavioral Sciences, or Natural and Physical Sciences to focus your studies; you can also work with an advisor to design your own concentration. These concentrations will align with your already-completed credits and give you the knowledge and skills to thrive.

Opens doors to your future. In February 2024, the Wisconsin Policy Forum projected that between now and 2030, more than half of jobs paying $50,000 annually will require a bachelor’s degree. Earning this degree not only unlocks new career paths, but it can also help you advance within the career you already have. Upon graduation, you can enter or advance in a wide range of positions, especially those that value critical thinking, analytical, and communication skills.

Quick Facts

Professional Studies Program Details
  • Program length: 2-3 years, depending on credits upon entry into the program.
  • Offered: online, face-to-face or a combination of course formats
  • Campus: UW-Eau Claire; with classes also available at UW-Eau Claire—Barron County
  • This major does not require a minor.
  • Students majoring in this program will earn a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree.

Professional Studies Curriculum

This program requires a total of 120 credits, including the liberal education core and 60 credits in the major. Students must complete at least one interdisciplinary concentration. A capstone course will integrate the knowledge and skills acquired in the program with the student's technical and/or professional experience to prepare for their post-graduation plans.

What concentrations can professional studies students select?

Application Information for Reentry Applicants

You are a considered a reentry student if you attended UW-Eau Claire as a degree-seeking student in the past but did not earn a degree from UW-Eau Claire. (If you earned a degree from UW-Eau Claire and wish to obtain a second degree, view the second degree student information below.)

If you've taken one full term off, you don't need to reapply. If you have been away for two or more semesters and are ready to come back, check out the steps below to be a Blugold again!

What do I need to submit?

Note: If you have only been gone from UW-Eau Claire for one semester and do not need to reapply, you should still submit official transcripts from any higher education institutions you attended. Transfer work is critical and may affect academic progress, academic standing, financial aid eligibility, and graduation.

After you've been accepted

Application Information for Transfer Students

What do I need to submit?

After you've been accepted

Application Information for suspended students

Your application will be sent to the dean's office of the college you are hoping to enter. Please use the applicant statement to address the suspension and include any information you would like the dean's office to know when reviewing your application.

What are the requirements for the BS in professional studies?

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