Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies

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Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies
Type Private
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic - Jesuit
Dean Matthew J. Grawitch, Ph.D.
Location St. Louis, Missouri, USA
38°38′10″N 90°14′04″W / 38.63605°N 90.23450°W / 38.63605; -90.23450Coordinates: 38°38′10″N 90°14′04″W / 38.63605°N 90.23450°W / 38.63605; -90.23450
Campus Urban
Website http://www.slu.edu/school-for-professional-studies-home

Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies (SLU for Busy Adults) opened in 1963, and offers busy adults convenient access to academic and professional programs. Highlights of the School include online and evening classes, a flexible-accelerated schedule, affordable tuition and personalized programs. Professional Studies offers degrees, certificates and non-credit courses at its campus in St. Louis, Missouri.

Accreditation[edit]

Saint Louis University's accredited adult degree programs in St. Louis, Missouri are reviewed and evaluated by the Higher Learning Committee of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The HLC has been the continual accrediting body of Saint Louis University since 1916. Sharing a long history, part of the HLC's meticulous process to approve continued accreditation is that SLU must undergo and submit a comprehensive Self-Study every 10 years. SLU has been continuously accredited since 1916—most recently in 2012.

Bachelor's Degree Programs[edit]

Criminal Justice & Security Management

The online Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice & Security Management prepares students for careers in criminal justice or security management by bridging both fields into the program curriculum. Program coursework focuses on assumptions and theories, laws and technology, and practical investigative issues within the realities of the workplace and the criminal justice and private security environments. The online Bachelor’s degree program allows students to specialize in one of three tracks:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Security Management
  • Security Management Technology

The program is available completely online and in a blended online/on-campus format.

Education / Teacher Certification Programs

Saint Louis University School for Professional Studies provides three teacher training options, which can help students obtain their Missouri teacher certification and prepare them for a teaching career:

  • B.A. in Education
  • Teacher Certification Programs
  • Alternative Teacher Certification Programs

Program areas include Elementary, Middle School, Secondary (Alt Cert only) and Special Education.

General Studies

The General Studies program is a multidisciplinary liberal arts program that allows students to study aspects of society and culture, increase their speaking and writing skills, and think critically. It is offered completely online as well as on-campus with evening classes available.

Organizational Studies

The Organizational Studies program focuses on leadership skills and corporate operations. Curriculum examines behavior at the individual, interpersonal/group, and organizational levels. Competencies are developed through project-based learning at the following levels:

  • Individual level: oral and written communication, critical thinking and problem-solving, and ethical decision-making
  • Interpersonal/Group level: interpersonal relations, group dynamics, and leading a diverse workforce
  • Organizational level:the legal environment of organizations, integrated marketing, economics and accounting, leadership and human resource management, organizational structure, culture and strategy

This degree program is available both in an online and on-campus format.

Aeronautics: Aviation Management Concentration

Aviation Management degree program teaches students to manage airlines or direct corporate flight offices.

The program a partnership with Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology. The student is first accepted into the School for Professional Studies, and upon completing a minimum 60 credit hours of core and leadership courses, the student transitions to the Department of Aviation Science at Parks College of Engineering, Aviation and Technology to complete their aeronautics degree in Aviation Management.

Computer Information Systems

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems (CIS) is designed to prepare career-minded professionals for advanced studies or employment in the challenging and ever-changing field of computer science and IT. This Computer Information Systems degree program allows students to specialize in one of four tracks:

  • Information Security & Assurance
  • Data Analytics
  • Web Technologies
  • Healthcare Information Systems

The program is available both in an online format and on-campus with evening classes.

Nursing

The Nursing - RN to BSN program is designed to meet the needs of RNs who wish to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. This program is offered in partnership with the Saint Louis University School of Nursing and is available in an online and on-campus format.

Organizational Leadership & Technology

The Organizational Leadership & Technology (OLT) program combines an organizational leadership degree with information technology courses. Students learn to implement technology-related solutions for businesses and organizations.

This program is available completely online and on-campus with evening classes.

Social Work

The Social Work program is designed to prepare students for their first generalist practice as a professional social worker. The program is a partnership between the School for Professional Studies and the Saint Louis University School of Social Work.

There are two areas of emphasis:

  • Skilled Practitioners
  • Commitment to Social Justice.

Upon completion of core courses, elective courses and two social work degree courses in the School for Professional Studies, students transfer and complete their Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) in the School of Social Work.

Contract Degree

This option is for the benefit of the student who wishes to develop an academic program which is unique and interdisciplinary in nature. Based on the student's educational and career goals, this option allows the student to create a program that is personalized and otherwise not available to them at SLU.

Minor & Certificate Programs[edit]

These programs are available as stand-alone certificate programs, or as minors to be combined with a major in pursuit of a bachelor's degree.

Computer Information Systems

The Computer Information Systems minor and certificate program helps students develop the knowledge and skills required by dynamic and diverse technology-based organizations. It allows students to specialize in one of four tracks:

  • Information Security & Assurance
  • Data Analytics
  • Web Technologies
  • Healthcare Information Systems

Contemporary Adult Spirituality

The online spirituality certificate courses provide opportunities to reflect and internalize the spiritual dimension of life experiences in every aspect of work, family, community and contemporary society.

Contract Management

The Contract Management certification program is designed to provide professional education in the field of contract management and administration. Students will gain knowledge and skills in procuring, negotiating, and administering contracts with suppliers, distributors, and end-product users.

Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice minor and certificate program prepares students for leadership and management positions within any organization that has a need to minimize risks associated with criminal or terrorist activities.

Hospitality Management

The Hospitality Management certificate or minor is designed to prepare students for leadership roles in a variety of fields that make up the greater hospitality industry. This includes but is not limited to lodging, gaming, event, tourism and food service management.

Industrial Psychology

Students enrolled in industrial psychology courses gain a deeper understanding of the behavior of individuals and groups within a variety of organizational contexts. Students learn to apply psychology concepts to such areas as:

  • Work stress
  • Personal development
  • Work-life balance
  • Time management
  • Career development
  • Occupational health
  • Motivation
  • Self-management
  • Training

Nurse Case Management

The Nurse Case Management certification program provides nurses with the knowledge to promote effective case management of patients with complex healthcare needs.

Organizational Leadership

The Organizational Leadership minor and certificate aids students in developing the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to assume leadership and administrative roles in corporate or not-for-profit settings.This leadership certificate program will allows students to become proficient at:

  • Workplace communication
  • Developing interpersonal and team relationships
  • Leveraging your leadership style
  • Overseeing organizational functions

Project Management

The Project Management certification program provides students with an opportunity to acquire effective project management knowledge and skills that can be applied to organizations, departments and other environments.

Security Management

The Security Management certificate and minor program prepares students to be able to competently discuss and direct issues in corporate security.

Security Management Technology

The Security Management Technology minor and certificate program provides students with information security training used in leadership and management positions within any organization that has a need to minimize risks associated with criminal or terrorist activities.

Strategic Communications

The Strategic Communications minor and certificate program allows students to develop basic interpersonal and public speaking skills, while also learning how to influence others both inside and outside the organization. Students develop competencies for careers in:

  • Public relations
  • Advertising
  • Inter-cultural communication
  • Creating persuasive messages
  • Using communication and persuasion practices ethically

This program is especially relevant for those individuals seeking careers in marketing, public relations and other communication departments within organizations.

Master's Degree Programs[edit]

Leadership & Organizational Development

The Leadership & Organizational Development (LOD) degree program provides the skills necessary to effectively lead people in an ever-changing work environment. This 36-hour program develops 12 competencies through project-based learning in the areas of leadership and organizational development, with specific emphases at the personal, interpersonal/group and organizational levels. It prepares career-oriented, working professionals in areas such as:

  • Organizational Dynamics
  • Team Leadership
  • Applied Research Methods and Analytics
  • Leading Organizational Change
  • Leading a Healthy Workplace
  • Professional Leadership Development
  • Talent Management and Development
  • Future-Focused Leadership

Applied Analytics

The Applied Analytics degree program combines the interaction of technology with the human and organizational structures. It supports the discovery, management and dissemination of knowledge that results from analyzing and interpreting data drawn from different aspects of business operations of an organization. Our curriculum prepares career-oriented, working professionals in the areas of:

  • Programming and Problem Solving
  • Applied Research Methods
  • Applied Analytics
  • Information Retrieval
  • Information Visualization and Presentation
  • Project Management
  • Leadership and Organizational Development

The 36-hour program provides education through project-based learning, with emphases on personal, interpersonal/group, organizational management, business analytics and associated technological competencies.

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs[edit]

These bridge programs allow students to take master's-level courses while pursuing a bachelor's degree.

Bachelor's Degree Programs Minor & Certificate Programs Master's Degree Programs
B.A. in Criminal Justice & Security Management * Computer Information Systems: Information Security & Assurance, Data Analytics, Web Technologies, Healthcare Information Systems* M.A. in Leadership & Organizational Development *
B.A. in Education / Teacher Certification Programs Contemporary Adult Spirituality (minor & concentration only) * M.S. in Applied Analytics *
B.A. in General Studies * Contract Management *
B.A. in Organizational Studies * Criminal Justice *
B.S. in Aeronautics: Aviation Management Concentration * Hospitality Management *
B.S. in Computer Information Systems: Information Security & Assurance, Data Analytics, Web Technologies, Healthcare Information Systems* Industrial Psychology *
B.S. in Nursing - RN to BSN * Nurse Case Management (certificate only)
B.S. in Organizational Leadership & Technology * Organizational Leadership *
B.S. in Social Work Project Management *
Contract Degree Option Security Management *
Security Management Technology *
Strategic Communications*

Programs indicated with an asterisk (*) can be completed fully online with online classes.