I was part of the first cohort to participate in this program, and it has been the conversation within my friend group for a full semester now. I’m not just a student. I am a valued member of my cohort and I’m using my time to network with other professionals. We are bouncing ideas off of each other and inspiring growth. We are reflecting and growing at the same time and it’s a true bonding experience.
I have had the privilege of carving out an alternative path to success. A little over 12 years ago, I received an associate’s degree with a certificate in massage therapy. I worked for myself for 3 years, then went on to own and operate a boutique spa in the downtown of a well-known metropolis. I sold my business to travel around the world for two years. Now that I’m back in America I am finally getting a bachelor’s degree while I do my time on the corporate side of spa.
Fast and easy acceptance, willingness to take credits from ten years ago. UC Online had two programs that piqued my interest. I decided to go with the program that allowed me the most flexibility in class selection.
I thought the foundations portion of the course was only going to be centered around carving out my plan to graduate. It was so much more!
The foundations course was the highlight of my first semester. I was exposed to some concepts that became the conversation of my friend group, and I also learned some terminology about some concepts that I had already been attempting to express but lacked the verbiage. Even if I wasn’t going to finish, I’m glad I took the foundations course.
This program calls on you to reflect on, and evaluate your past experiences, while simultaneously exposing you to a growth mindset. The subjects we discussed during the first semester were so captivating and stimulating that since the semester has ended, I have pursued further independent learning.
For any professionals thinking about going back to finish their degree, I cannot recommend this program enough! The learning has been immediate and impactful!
Depending on each student’s life experience and prior college experience, the Bachelor’s in Professional Studies (BAPS) can be completed in as few as 4-6 semesters. Your unique education track will be determined during the foundations course in the first semester.
The Bachelor’s in Professional Studies is designed around the Industry Recognized Credentials that employers are looking for. This means that your unique education experience will be built around your goals and will be tailored to help you succeed in your industry.
Popular Career Paths Include:
Here are some average annual salaries for popular career paths with a Bachelor’s in Professional Studies. All data is from the U.S. Department of Labor – See the BAPS Careers Page for more details!
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