Associate of Applied Science
Professional Studies
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BYU-Idaho + BYU-Pathway

The associate degree in professional studies is a flexible degree that allows a student to tailor his or her education to meet professional and/or educational goals. Students may design a unique course of study by selecting certificates that will help qualify them for a variety of career options.

This degree is developed and granted by BYU-Idaho, with support and resources coming from BYU-Pathway Worldwide.

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Why choose this degree?

Professional studies will fortify you with the abilities to understand, serve, and lead organizations. You will gain skills that will aid you in your professional pursuits such as communication, ethical leadership, team management, creative, and analytical skills. You can customize your experience by selecting three certificates to build your degree.

BYU-Pathway has found that certain combinations of certificates lead to better job opportunities. Most degrees have a recommended plan of certificates that will help students increase their income and improve their employment possibilities.

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Looking Ahead
Potential Employment
Due to the customizable nature of this degree, employment opportunities will be dependent upon the work experience of the student and the unique combination of skills that are developed through the certificates that are completed.

Essential Knowledge and Skills


  • Students become disciple leaders.
  • Students become lifelong learners.
  • Students become creative and critical thinkers.
  • Students become effective communicators.
  • Students become skilled professionals.
  • Students become engaged citizens.
Associate of Applied Science of Professional Studies
Program Requirements
Complete two certificates as described below, plus additional requirements.
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After an associate degree students may continue and earn a bachelor's degree in professional studies. This will require students to earn a third (advanced) certificate, as well as additional degree requirements.
To complete an associate degree, the following courses are required in addition to the certificates stated above:
Complete the following additional requirements:
General Education Courses
18 Credits
Approximately 9 Credits
Previously earned course credits from PathwayConnect and/or other colleges and universities will be evaluated after a student is admitted and submits valid transcripts.