Bachelor's Degree of Professional Studies

Bachelor's Degree of Professional Studies

Open the door to a whole new world of professional and advancement opportunities, or simply tie up the loose ends of your academic aspirations. Fairfield University is the place to begin or complete your bachelor's degree. When it comes to your future, this could be the start of something big!

Our Bachelor's of Professional Studies (BPS) program is flexible and interdisciplinary - you work with your advisor to design a program that centers around your interests while meeting the requirements of the University's core curriculum.

  • Transfer up to 75 credits - including credit for qualified life/work experience - from up to the past 10 years
  • Study full or part time, during the day, evenings, or weekends ... or even online
  • Apply any time of the year - admission is open

The BPS program focuses in Liberal Studies. Check out the link for a list of courses for concentrations in the Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics and Science or Professional Studies.

Admission is on a rolling basis and does not require test scores. However, many courses have prerequisites that must be satisfied prior to enrollment. Courses are taught by Fairfield University faculty; most hold the highest degree possible in their field.


We encourage you to meet with an advisor before registering for your first course. After completing 12 credits you'll meet with your advisor again to talk about your academic goals and to map a course of study through to degree completion.

Credit for Work and Life Experience

The knowledge you gain through work experience, training, reading, and community involvement may be equivalent to college-level learning. Associate Dean Aaron Perkus will guide you in CLEP exam credits (See also CLEP and Portfolio Credit Request PDF). Your advisor will also guide you in preparing a portfolio for evaluation by Fairfield University faculty. Components of a portfolio include:

  • A description of the course for which you'd like to receive credit
  • A personal narrative that describes your activities or projects, what you learned, and how you applied the knowledge
  • Evidence that documents the accumulation of knowledge (a resume, job description, achievement awards, and/or letters of recommendation).

Tuition Rates

Look under the Part-Time Studies heading if you plan to pursue your degree as a part-time student.

Online Catalog

For detailed course descriptions refer to our online catalog.

Contact Dr. Aaron Perkus, Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences or Dr. Maggie Wills, BPS Program Director for more information about the BPS program.

Financial Aid

Need-based federal and University aid is available for students enrolled in at least 6 credits per semester. For additional financial aid information, visit the student resources page.

Contact Information
Phone: (203) 254-4125
Fax: (203) 254-4008

Veterans Pride Program

Veterans may apply educational benefits to degree studies at Fairfield University.

Office of Undergraduate Admission
(203) 254-4100