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. For incoming first-year students, we encourage you to learn more about our University Studies program.

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. The BPS degree completion program connects like-minded engineering professionals from leading organizations such as General Dynamics, Regeneron, Cox Enterprises and Johnson Controls. By bringing together dedicated and diverse engineering professionals, deep, meaningful discussions shape learning and provide an environment that fosters critical thinking to develop best practices. This is the true value of the BPS program.

Students in the BPS program also 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

Curriculum & Sample Courses

Clarkson’s BPS program boasts a flexible curriculum tailored to each student’s needs to facilitate a series of courses that will directly impact the student’s ability to succeed in today’s technical environment. This gives Clarkson graduates a robust body of knowledge directly applicable to core job functions. Expert faculty and experienced members of industry focus on critical analyses of issues that matter in a technical environment. Electives can be combined for concentrations in data analytics, construction engineering management, artificial intelligence and manufacturing operations. Sample courses include:

Cost Management & Financial Analysis
Strength of Materials
Fluid Dynamics
Strategic Project Management
Quality Management & Process Improvement
Negotiations & Relationship Management
Electrical Science
Linear Circuits
Engineering & Society

    Learning Environment

    By using a hybrid model of education, the Clarkson Bachelor of Professional Studies degree completion program combines limited on-site classes in the New York State Capital Region with synchronous online learning. Adult education is predicated on the sharing and questioning of ideas and theories to mold new best practices.

    The on-site portion of the program allows participating students to meet faculty as well as their peers and develop the rapport necessary for success in an online setting. The synchronous class sessions provide the platform from which participants can leverage the diversity, experience and expertise at the heart of the program. This creates a true online learning community, built on the principles of collaboration and problem-solving.

    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.