BA in Applied Studies
The B.A. in Applied Studies degree provides a strong foundation in communication and business. The required certificate allows each student to focus on a complimentary discipline preparing them to excel in the professional world. SCPS understands that adult students often wish to take a wide range of courses to meet their professional and personal interests, so we have designed this degree to enhance your current career or establish a new one.
FASTRACK Program Benefits
- Customized format gives you the flexibility to gain new applied and theoretical skills and hone the business skills you already have
- Online, evening, and weekend class formats allow you to pursue your passion for education while balancing work and family life
- FASTRACK courses offered at the Cuneo Mansion & Gardens in Vernon Hills offer blended online and weekend course options
- Honoring the knowledge you’ve gained in your previous experiences, students can work on earning non-traditional credit to up to half the major courses.
- A program grounded in the University Core Curriculum, students develop skills crucial to facing the challenges of contemporary society
|Total Number of Major Courses||9|
|Total Number of Major Credit Hours||27 credit hours. Each student's remaining hours toward Core, mission specific requirements, and general elective requirements will vary depending on transfer credit. Please review the curriculum page to learn more about your requirements beyond your major credit hours.|
|Start Terms||Students can begin during any of the 5 sessions throughout the academic year.|
|Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Major||12 credit hours / 4 courses|
|Schedule Format for Major Courses||Courses offered in 8‐week sessions with online and evening
|Schedule Format for Other Courses
(Core, mission, and school requirements)
|Courses offered in 8‐week sessions with fully online options, which may include both synchronous and asynchronous meetings, and blended options with either evening or Saturday morning meetings.|
|Blended courses offered both on the Water Tower Campus (820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago) and at Loyola Lake County (1350 N. Milwaukee, Vernon Hills). This major can also be completed fully online.|
|Master's Program||Students completing their B.A. in Applied Studies with SCPS will have 3-4 courses waived from their Quinlan School of Business M.B.A. should they pursue admission to that program.|
|Application and Admission Requirements||Application
Official transcripts from all prior institutions
2.0 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions
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Loyola University Chicago is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.