The School offers high quality, flexible courses of study attuned to the needs of the current workplace that prepare students to compete successfully in the global marketplace. Its programs include a Bachelor of Professional Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and General Studies, a minor in Entertainment and Sports Management, and a minor in Congregational Leadership that it offers in collaboration with the History and Philosophy Department.
The School of Professional Studies (SPS) supports the College’s mission by expanding access to higher education through student-centered professional and general education programs that promote the values of life-long learning and social and professional responsibility. Through close interaction with faculty and professional staff, SPS students develop a foundation for professional success or graduate study by cultivating critical thinking, empathy, creativity, and the practical skills necessary to build a more just and sustainable world. We work toward these goals by:
- Providing intensive and continuous advising and support to students as they pursue individualized pathways to degree completion;
- Offering small classes taught by faculty with academic and professional expertise;
- Offering programs that can be completed “off hours” – on weekends, in the evenings, and online; and
- Offering innovative courses and programs that meet the needs of working adults.
- Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) in Professional Studies
Includes a core of courses to equip students to function effectively as professionals in a variety of fields, and an elective component
- Bachelor of Science (BS) in General Studies
Is created individually by a student in consultation with an advisor
School of Professional Studies students are encouraged to pursue minors as well as their major to gain focused skills and readily-identifiable credentials in specific areas.
- Minor in Entertainment and Sports Management
- Minor in Congregational Leadership
- Minors offered by Old Westbury’s other departments
Evening and Weekend Students
Courses offered by the School of Professional Studies will be scheduled on weekends, in the evening, and online. Courses offered by other schools in the College utilized by programs in the School for Professional Studies may not be available at these times, but Liberal Education can be completed through classes offered online and in the evening. Most majors offer some courses online and at night, and a number of minors can be completed outside of weekday daytime hours. The School of Professional Studies will advise students on the most efficient way to complete their degree, and appropriate course substitutions can be made with permission of the Director.
Students can apply up to 80 credits earned at other accredited institutions of higher learning toward their Old Westbury degree. Transfer credits will be applied to degrees offered by the School of Professional Studies based on their appropriateness as determined by the Director, subject to the policies of the College specified in the “Transfer Credit” section of the College catalog and existing equivalencies and articulation agreements.
Credit for Prior Learning
Credit or prior learning can help students advance as quickly as possible in their studies. The college offers students to get credit for prior learning through credit by examination, credit for military training, and credit for experiential learning. Credit for prior learning is included in the 80 credit maximimu for transfer students. Students must take at least 40 of the 120 credits required for a bachelor’s degree at Old Westbury.