Professional studies curriculum

Degree completion program 

B.A. with a Major in Professional Studies


Emphasis areas in: Business Administration, Communication, Gerontology and Self-Directed Study


Undergraduate credit of at least 12 semester credit hours and a cumulative GPA of 2.0

Program Overview:

Concordia is a Christ-centered learning community for students preparing to be dynamic servant leaders in the church and world. In fulfilling this mission, Concordia University, Nebraska understands that many students can achieve their educational goals through nontraditional methods. The goal of the Degree Completion department is to offer working adults the opportunity to complete a bachelor’s degree whose family, work, and civic responsibilities would otherwise prevent them from continuing their college education.

The programs offered within the Degree Completion department are accelerated to complement the desire to complete a working adult’s degree in a short amount of time. Concordia understands that working adults bring into their educational process the benefit of knowledge derived from a rich diversity of experience.

The Degree Completion Program at Concordia offers challenging, rigorous, relevant majors, and courses of particular interest and value to working adults. An emphasis is made on ethical decision making and responsible behavior while interacting with a supportive, relational faculty and student body. The programs nurture religious commitment, enlarge social and cultural understanding, provide insights for Christian action in the world, and facilitate the ability to communicate effectively.

The program objective for the B.A. with a Major in Professional Studies is to offer adult learners an understanding of organizations, human behavior and themselves and to provide adult learners the skills needed to excel in a professional environment and a variety of work settings.

The program is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Courses take eight weeks to complete. Classes are offered online.


Degree Completion students who complete this program will be able to:

1. Students will develop a broad set of management and leadership skills necessary for successful achievement of organizational goals.

2. Students will gain an understanding of core foundation concepts common to professional organizations, communication settings, or aging studies.

3. Students will develop communication skills appropriate for use in the business and professional communities in which they work.

4. Students will develop skills and attitudes to enable them to make sound ethical decisions in the workplace. 

Core Requirements (24 hours):

  • ECON 104 Macroeconomics*
  • MATH 122 Intro to Stats*
  • HHP/PSY 290 Health Psychology*
  • CTA 309 Small Group Theory for Teams & Leadership
  • CTA 333 Intercultural Communication*
  • BUS 342 Organizational Behavior
  • BUS 405 Professional Ethics
  • BUS 400 level Senior Capstone Course#
  • BUS 445 Strategic Management (Bus Adm Emphasis)
  • GERO 402 Social Gerontology (Gero Emphasis)
  • ECTA 499 Special Topics in the Study of Language (Communication Emphasis)

The starred (*) courses would also fulfill general education requirements that are commonly not transferred in to Concordia.

Emphasis: Business Admin (12 hours)

  • BUS 120 Financial Accounting
  • BUS 260 Marketing
  • BUS 330 Finance
  • One choice from the BA in Business Adm that is not in the Professional Studies Core

Emphasis: Communication (select 12 hours)

  • BUS 280 Business Communication
  • BUS 261 Marketing
  • BUS 351 Human Resource Management
  • CTA 203 Communication Theory
  • CTA 306 Interpersonal Communication

Emphasis: Gerontology (12 hours)

  • PSY 221 or GERO 205

Select 9 hours from:

  • GERO/HHP 401 Aspects of Health & Aging
  • GERO 403 Mental Health & Aging
  • GERO 418 Nutrition & the Older Adult
  • GERO 419 Death, Dying & Trauma

Emphasis: Self-Directed Study (12 hours)

  • The student selects area of study and courses and provides a rationale for their selections; 9 hours must be 300 or 400 level classes; the SDS must be pre-approved by the student’s advisor, the program director, and the dean; the SDS must be filed with the registrar’s office