Bachelor Degree Completion Programs

Individuals wishing to make a career change or finish a bachelor's degree may enroll in a bachelor's degree completion program. Programs are offered in many fields of study.

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Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

Applicants to these programs must have earned associate's degrees, have 60 credit hours towards a bachelor's degree in their chosen field of study or have completed two years of college. Programs can be completed in two years. Typical completion programs include marketing, business administration, business management, communications studies and human resources management. These programs are ideal for adults who wish to complete their education or change professions. Younger people may benefit from these programs if they're seeking entry-level positions in their chosen field. Students complete the remaining 60 credits needed to earn their bachelor's degree and enter college in the counterpart of the junior year.

Course Topics

Coursework is dependent on the field of study. It generally consists of 30-32 credits in general education and 47-50 credits of core classes. Students may earn credit for military training, internships and additional college courses they have completed.

Popular Career Options

Successful completion of these programs gives graduates many career choices in a wide variety of disciplines, including communication studies, business management, business administration, marketing and human resource management. Job titles may include these:

  • Copywriter
  • Advertising manager
  • Insurance underwriter
  • Retail manager
  • Placement manager

These positions vary widely in terms of salary. Writers and authors, for instance, earned a median annual income of $55,940, while advertising and promotions managers earn a median of $88,590 per year as of 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov).

Continuing Education Information

Graduates of a bachelor's degree completion program may choose to further their knowledge and skills by enrolling in a master's degree program in their field of study. Some master's degree programs can be taken online, making it ideal for working professionals to complete their studies. Earning a doctoral degree can lead to research opportunities and careers in academia. Graduate certificate programs are ideal for professionals who want training in specialized areas. Graduate certificate and Ph.D. degree programs can often be taken online or in blended format.

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