"Professional studies" is a term used to classify academic programs which are applied or interdisciplinary in focus. The term can also be used for non-academic training for a specific profession.
Professional studies usually combine theory and practice-based professional learning, focusing on a body of knowledge that is more strictly delineated and canonical than non-professional studies. Students are trained to ensure expected standards and adequate service delivery in the best practice of a profession.
Professional studies may lead to academic degrees such as the Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS), Master of Professional Studies (MPS), or Doctor of Professional Studies (DPS). A BPS is similar to a Bachelor of General Studies with a greater emphasis on practical and technical training (and a corresponding lower emphasis on liberal arts), and therefore of greater interest to mid-career students. MPS degrees are usually course-based with a report or project component rather than a research thesis. The US National Science Foundation considers a DPS to be equivalent to a PhD.
- US Department of Education. "First-Professional Studies". Archived from the original on 2007-12-14. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
- US Department of Education. "Master's Degrees Programs". Archived from the original on 2007-02-19. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
- US Department of Education. "Research Doctorate Programs". Archived from the original on 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2007-04-25.
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