Syracuse University offers part-time Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree and certificate programs that prepare graduates for career advancement. Cybersecurity Administration is a fully online degree program, while Knowledge Management and Creative Leadership are available fully online or in a blended format that combines online and on-campus study. Knowledge Management and Creative Leadership also offer the option of a 15-credit certificate.*

What is a Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS)?

Curriculum within Syracuse University Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) credit programs adhere to the university’s existing standards for rigor and excellence. BPS degrees are differentiated from the University’s BA and BS degrees in important and necessary ways. Specifically, BPS degrees are differentiated in that they include a required 30 credit hour general education core, 30 required credits of a professional competencies core, and 30-60 credits of a major with electives. The 90 credits that make up the combination of professional competencies and major requirements and electives is what differentiates the BPS from the BA and BS — the intentional coupling of career-focused majors with professional competency and skills courses.

All of our BPS programs provide you with the specific skills and credentials employers seek when they hire and promote employees. Graduates are equipped with the competencies needed to keep pace with today’s global networks and technologies.

BPS Programs are ideal for:

  • Working professionals looking advance their career or update their skills
  • Individuals who want to start or finish a degree
  • Active duty service members or veterans

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If you are interested in earning a BPS degree or certificate* from Syracuse University, you will need to complete an Admissions Application. Admission is based on a combination of factors, including having graduated from high school or the equivalent, standardized test scores, transcripts from all previous undergraduate work, a personal statement, and, if requested, letters of recommendation. An admission consultation with a UC advisor is required and is available in-person, by phone, or online.

Admission to the certificate programs requires an associate degree or equivalent. Admission applications are reviewed on a continuing basis, so you can submit an application at any time.

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Not Ready to Apply Yet? Start with One Class

If you aren’t ready to apply for admission to the BPS, you can get started by taking just one or two classes. You do not have to apply for admission or submit a transcript in order to enroll a class. Classes are offered in a variety of delivery methods, including online, on-campus, and in different lengths including 8- and 12-week sessions, for example.

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BPS in Cybersecurity Administration 

This 120-credit degree program encompasses the protection of information systems and leadership skills needed in this fast growing field.

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BPS in Creative Leadership

The focus of this program is on managing people – training, development, administration, and conflict resolution – for jobs in training and development, marketing, and social service.

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BPS in Knowledge Management

This program focuses on data technology, for jobs in information security, computer systems analysis, and database administration.

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Each undergraduate degree is 120 credits, consisting of a liberal studies core, professional competencies, major requirements, and electives. The 5-class, 15-credit certificates can be a standalone credential or credits can later be applied towards the full degree.