Accelerated Degree Program
The Bachelor of Professional Studies Accelerated Degree Program (ADP) is designed primarily for adult students and offers the curriculum for the Bachelor of Professional Studies Degree utilizing a quality and innovative fast-track degree-completion format. The delivery system offers a perfect opportunity to finish a bachelors degree in an intensive, flexible format. The program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to complete a degree while working in their careers or raising a family. Special features of the Accelerated Degree Program include:
- Online offerings, mini-terms
- Innovative, interactive courses based on a best practices model for adult education stressing teaming, project development, and outcomes assessment
- Respected regional university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
- Qualified advisors providing individualized academic guidance and support
- Flexible scheduling for evening, weekend, and online accelerated courses
- Credit offerings from a respected university accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Many people, for one reason or another, began, but never completed a bachelors degree or have accumulated hours that cannot be applied to a concentration in one specific major. Students who successfully complete the program are granted a Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree. The ADP allows each student to complete the necessary hours for the degree within a convenient yet directed scheduling format under the guidance of advisors who understand the unique needs of the adult learner. The BPS degree is designed to prepare students for entry or advancement in government, nonprofit, corporate or industrial careers. With input from an advisor, each student will develop a Plan of Study which outlines the courses which best meet the individuals academic and career needs.
The typical student enrolling in this program is generally 25 years or older with at least five years of work experience who meets the general admission requirements of Arkansas Tech University.
As a capstone program for students who have completed a minimum of 60 transferable credits, the courses offered are designed to enhance workplace skills such as planning, organizational behavior, ethics, needs assessment, problem solving, communications, human resources, and technology applications. Students who enter the program with 60 earned credit hours and have completed all of the general education requirements, should be able to complete the remainder of the degree requirements within an 18-month period.
A minimum of 120 hours is required for degree completion and 40 of these hours must be upper division coursework.
Built into the program is a process for awarding up to 12 hours of upper division credit for documented prior learning through relevant work experience, professional development, military training, etc.