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Explore the Professional Studies program at UW-Eau Claire

The UW System Board of Regents has approved a bachelor of science in professional studies to begin fall semester 2024. This program is ideal for a variety of student situations, including students who have already obtained 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 study area of interest.

Upon entering this program, students must have completed at least 30 credits. Students with a completed Associate of Applied Science (Applied Science) degree from a Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) institution can transfer up to 60 technical credits toward the Professional Studies major. 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.

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. 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 annual 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

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Department information

College of Education and Human Sciences

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Eau Claire, WI 54701
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