Take your career to new heights with a bachelor’s degree in professional studies from Northern Vermont University. 

The B.A. in Professional Studies is a flexible, self-designed, 100% online degree program for adults with specific career goals. This program allows you to focus your learning in a specific area of interest, including business, human resources, criminal justice, communications, social services and more—virtually any field of interest or professional endeavor. More than a third of our adult students choose the B.A. in Professional Studies because it allows them to structure a degree program from a variety of previously earned college credits.

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About Northern Vermont University Online

  • 100% online
  • In-state rates* no matter where you live; complete your coursework from your home or office.
  • 2.0 cumulative GPA required

*The in-state rate does not apply to courses that NVU Online students take from other Vermont State College institutions or for non-Vermont students utilizing the face-to-face advising model or pursuing the hybrid B.S. in Early Childhood Education degree.

Self-Designed to Meet Your Career Goals

The B.A. in Professional Studies allows you to focus on your goals from minute one. Starting your first semester, you will create a program of study in consultation with your advisor that combines theory with applied, practice-based professional learning in your chosen field and area of specialization. You will develop and submit a degree plan that identifies a focus of study, integrates any existing college credits and prior learning, and outlines the courses and/or internship experiences you propose to take.

During the course of your studies, you will learn about best practices and expected standards in your area of focus while developing strong communication, leadership, and strategic and analytical thinking skills. Earning the B.A. degree requires meeting all general education requirements and completing at least 30 credits in a focused area of study (including at least 15 upper-level credits). Three of those credits are earned through the Senior Seminar in Professional Studies, which involves research and project development as well as class presentations.


A B.A. from Northern Vermont University's online program is an investment that can yield career success. The Professional Studies degree has taken our graduates down many career paths from criminal justice to human resources, corporate management, business, nonprofit development and more.

You can also choose to complete your program of study using our preplanned tracks.

If you want to focus on business, you can complete the business fundamentals track then choose to complete your program with courses from either the management or professional skills tracks.

If spa management is more your area, we have a preplanned program that includes courses in business and wellness and alternative medicine.

View Degree Requirements for the B.A. in Professional Studies

This link will take you to the Johnson State College 2017-18 Catalog. Johnson State College and Lyndon State College will become Northern Vermont University on July 1, 2018. The 2018-19 NVU course catalog will be available in early summer 2018.

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