Bachelor of Professional Studies Announces Two New Majors

University College has announced two new majors in the bachelor of professional studies (BPS) degree program beginning fall 2014. The 120-credit BPS is a competency-based program designed to appeal to working professionals and post-traditional students who would like to start or complete a bachelor’s degree part time.

The programs—Creative Leadership and Knowledge Management—will provide students with a broad set of business skills to help them advance in their chosen career or become more marketable in an increasingly competitive regional and global work environment.

The skills learned in the BPS Program are in high demand among employers. According to a 2014 report compiled by the Advisory Board Co., social media was the fastest growing skillset employers in New York State were looking for in 2012-13. Validation (utilizing a step-by-step check method to confirm that all business rules are working correctly), data management, business planning and data analysis skills round out the top five. All of these competencies are covered in the BPS’s core curriculum.

“The good mix of skills offered in SU’s BPS program is very appealing,” says Jacob Corlyon of Bankers Healthcare Group in Syracuse. “The areas of concentration are relevant to my organization’s workforce needs.”

A five-course certificate program is offered in both concentrations for individuals who are looking to change or redirect their career. The certificate option is available to those with an associate degree or some college credits.

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