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RIC launches Bachelor of Professional Studies degree

Angelina Coppola

Senior Copy Editor

Photo by Vlada Karpovich

Across Rhode Island, thousands of working adults have some college credits but have not earned a degree. To give adult learners an opportunity to earn an affordable degree, Rhode Island College has decided to launch a new Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree earned entirely online. At a tuition rate of $340 per credit, RIC has developed Rhode Island’s most cost-effective degree completion program. This program will give working adults that are balancing multiple responsibilities the chance to earn a degree on their own time and in their own home.

Here is a complete breakdown of what the tuition and fees look like for this program:

  • $340/credit.

  • $100 Technology Fee.

  • $50 Library Fee.

  • $275 BPS Program Fee.

Students can choose from two concentrations in the 2022-2023 academic year, Social Services beginning in the spring and Organizational Leadership beginning in the Fall. Semesters will be split up into two seven week sessions allowing students to focus on two courses at a time but also being considered a full-time student. Every class is taught online and each schedule allows flexibility to support the schedules of busy adults. In a press release written by John Taraborelli, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Holly Shadoian says “Earning a bachelor’s degree supports personal and professional growth along with opportunities for career advancement. We designed the BPS program knowing that adult students may be juggling work and family commitments.”

Workplace training, certificates and professional development experiences that students have had in their current/past jobs can earn them up to 32 credits towards this degree. The program aims to give students the skills and knowledge needed to support working adults’ career advancements without the time dedication of four courses an entire semester.

The admission requirements for this degree program are:

  • 25 years or older at time of application.

  • 5 years of documented comprehensive work experience and/or military training.

  • A minimum of 24 earned college credits from a regionally accredited college or university.

  • Cumulative college GPA of 2.0 or higher.

  • Available as a first bachelor’s degree only.

The 2021-2022 course catalog for this program can be found here. Those who are interested in this program can find out further information by emailing the Program’s Coordinator, Lori Jordan, EdD, at



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