Clarkson's Individually Designed program is a unique option to provide flexibility and interdisciplinary study for undergraduate students that leads to a Bachelor's of Professional Studies (BPS).

The BPS enables a student to design and pursue an individual curriculum that meets personal career objectives. Programs may be designed in any discipline or by combining disciplines offered at Clarkson. 

While most students who pursue this program are working professionals looking to complete a bachelor's degree, entering first-year and transfer students may create, in consultation with an academic advisor, a program uniquely tailored to meet special occupational or career objectives.

Degree Completion

For employees of select corporate partners of Clarkson University, we offer the opportunity to complete a bachelor's degree through our Bachelor's of Professional Studies. Students in the BPS program benefit from:

  • A hybrid format, with in-person and online portions to work with busy lifestyles
  • Part-time, with six (6) credit hours per semester to allow for flexibility and eligibility for federal loans
  • A personal approach, with advising and assistance throughout the process by our expert faculty and staff
  • Interdisciplinary coursework, with a unique set of classes tailored to individual career goals
  • Award-winning Career Services, helping students make connections in industry for future career opportunities
  • Affordability, with the opportunity for scholarships and employer contribution

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: How long does it take to complete the BPS program for degree completion?

A: Each student is different based on the number of credits he/she is bringing into the program. A credit evaluation is done at the beginning of the admissions process so that each student understands how many courses he/she needs to complete the BPS program. 

Q: How do I know if my employer will contribute to my studies?

A: The best way to find out is to ask your employer if they participate in the program. You can also reach out to our staff and we may be able to assist you with this. 

Q: What types of courses will I take?

A: Due to the nature of the individually designed program, courses will be tailored to students individual career goals. Clarkson offers undergraduate level courses in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and mathematics.

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