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Admission and Application

The Bachelor of Professional Studies and Comprehensive Major in Organizational Leadership and Communication is a degree completion program designed for adults who have completed the Associate of Arts and Sciences degree at the UW Colleges, comparable Associate of Arts or Associate of Sciences degrees, or credits comparable to those required for the AAS degree.

Students are required to take each of the 20 courses in the curriculum (60 credits). Because of the unique nature of the program, other courses may not be substituted for courses in the curriculum, and there are no electives.

You are eligible for admission to this degree if you have completed at least 60 semester credits of transferable coursework with a 2.0 or better grade point average (GPA).
You will earn the BPS degree from UW-Eau Claire entirely online. You do not have to drive to campus or take classes in the middle of the workday. You can study whenever and wherever it is convenient for you.

To apply for the BPS degree at UW-Eau Claire use the University of Wisconsin System Online Admission Application. At the website are instructions for completing the application, including materials that you must submit to complete your application.If you have questions about the application procedure or admissions for the Bachelor of Professional Studies program, please contact us at 1-877-UW-LEARN (877-895-3276) or

A nonrefundable $44 application fee is required for most degree-seeking students applying to a UW System institution. That fee is not required if the last institution that you attended was a two-year UW Colleges campus. The fee is required if you are transferring between UW System four-year campuses or if you have never attended a UW System campus.

Official transcripts of your complete high school record and transcripts from all postsecondary institutions that you have attended are also required. Contact your high school and each previously attended institution to request that official transcripts be sent directly to UW-Eau Claire. If you earned a GED/HSED, an official copy of the qualifying scores must also be submitted from the testing agency.

If you have an associate degree or equivalent coursework, or are over the age of 22, the ACT or SAT is not required.

See Program Course List for complete BPS course titles and descriptions.

To graduate, your last 30 semester credits must be taken through UW-Eau Claire, and 23 of those credits must be taken at the senior level. Additionally, you will need to maintain a GPA of 2.00 among your BPS courses.

To connect with a BPS adviser to discuss program details and how past credits may transfer, please contact:

Kate Lang, Ph.D.
Academic Director, UW-Eau Claire Bachelor of Professional Studies Program
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004

To connect with an adviser to discuss the BPS application process for admission, please contact:

Heather Pearson
Associate Director of Admissions, BPS Program
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702-4004
Phone: 715-836-4315
Fax: 715-836-2409