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Study professional studies abroad

An in-depth guide to studying professional studies as an international student.

Professional studies degrees abroad

Professional studies degrees are flexible programs designed to improve the employment prospects and career successes of students.

As a professional studies student, you’ll develop the knowledge and skills that are most in-demand amongst employers. As well as building your expertise in areas like research, leadership, and negotiation, you’ll examine the contemporary challenges facing today’s professionals, and consider potential solutions to these issues.

The professional skills that employers are looking for can differ between countries and cultures. Studying abroad will help you to assemble an international portfolio of professional skills so that you’ll be ready to excel in any destination and role you choose.

Professional studies program structure

Bachelor’s programs in professional studies can be studied full-time over three years, but most students study on a part-time basis so they can fit their education around existing work commitments. As such, undergraduate degrees can take up to six years to finish.

The classification of your bachelor’s degree will depend on the focus of your studies. If you focus on modules relating to business, language, or art, you’ll generally graduate with a BA degree. On the other hand, science, engineering, and mathematics specializations usually earn you a BSc.

Taking your undergraduate degree in the US means you’ll likely follow the four-year liberal arts model. Before declaring a major in professional studies at the end of your second year, you’ll attend a range of general education classes.

Those looking to further accelerate their careers might consider a master’s degree. To enroll, you must have a bachelor’s degree or several years of professional experience under your belt. MA and MSc courses can be studied full-time over one year, or as a part-time two-year course if you’re a working professional.

Doctorate degrees in professional studies are available for individuals hoping to conduct practice-based research in their organizational context. PhDs typically take four or five years to complete.

Teaching methods depend on the modules you select and the specialized route you follow. However, lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, evening classes, and placements are common.

Professional studies programs contain countless elective modules, so tailoring your degree to reflect your personal and professional ambitions is simple. However, here are some of the classes that regularly feature in programs:

  • Understanding and changing organizational culture
  • Leadership skills and qualities
  • Critical perspectives in professional studies
  • Becoming a professional in the digital age
  • Challenges in the contemporary workplace
  • Inclusion and diversity
Professional studies program structure

Bachelor’s programs in professional studies can be studied full-time over three years, but most students study on a part-time basis so they can fit their education around existing work commitments. As such, undergraduate degrees can take up to six years to finish.

The classification of your bachelor’s degree will depend on the focus of your studies. If you focus on modules relating to business, language, or art, you’ll generally graduate with a BA degree. On the other hand, science, engineering, and mathematics specializations usually earn you a BSc.

Taking your undergraduate degree in the US means you’ll likely follow the four-year liberal arts model. Before declaring a major in professional studies at the end of your second year, you’ll attend a range of general education classes.

Those looking to further accelerate their careers might consider a master’s degree. To enroll, you must have a bachelor’s degree or several years of professional experience under your belt. MA and MSc courses can be studied full-time over one year, or as a part-time two-year course if you’re a working professional.

Doctorate degrees in professional studies are available for individuals hoping to conduct practice-based research in their organizational context. PhDs typically take four or five years to complete.

Teaching methods depend on the modules you select and the specialized route you follow. However, lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, evening classes, and placements are common.

Professional studies programs contain countless elective modules, so tailoring your degree to reflect your personal and professional ambitions is simple. However, here are some of the classes that regularly feature in programs:

  • Understanding and changing organizational culture
  • Leadership skills and qualities
  • Critical perspectives in professional studies
  • Becoming a professional in the digital age
  • Challenges in the contemporary workplace
  • Inclusion and diversity

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Professional studies study abroad programs

Professional studies undergraduate programs

Bachelor's in professional studies

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    Applied Professional Studies - BSc Nova Southeastern University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    31,150 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    August, January
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    Health Sciences - Pre Professional studies - BSc Concord University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,186 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Liberal Arts & Professional Studies - BA (Hons) University of Windsor, Canada

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    33,530 CAD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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    Professional Studies - BA St. Francis College, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    26,688 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, May, January
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    Professional Studies - BSc Pace University, USA

    Program type
    Bachelor's
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    44,714 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, January
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Professional studies graduate programs

Master's in professional studies

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    Applied Professional Studies - MA DePaul University, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    20,960 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, March, January
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    Applied Professional Studies - MAppSc University of Wisconsin Parkside, USA

    Program type
    Master's
    Duration
    2 years
    Annual tuition fee
    18,365 USD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    September, February
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Doctorate in professional studies

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    Professional Studies - PhD Central Queensland University, Australia

    Program type
    Doctorate
    Duration
    4 years
    Annual tuition fee
    21,552 AUD

    Fees are displayed in the university's local currency

    Start date
    November, July, March
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Future professional studies careers

Graduating with a degree in professional studies will put your dream career firmly within reach.

Employers across endless sectors and industries will admire your far-reaching and transferable skills. You’ll be prepared for an array of fast-paced and lucrative careers, including:

  • Chief executive officer
  • Director of operations
  • Project manager
  • Marketing director
  • Sales director
  • Financial manager

Gaining real-world work experience is vital for success on your degree program and beyond. Speak to your university’s career service about the huge positives placements and internships have on your employability.