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Professional Studies (A.S.) +

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About the Degree
Career Information
General Education Requirements 
Program Requirements  

The Professional Studies program prepares students for entry-level professional positions in a variety of settings. Students also enjoy the flexibility to explore academic and workplace opportunities in various career fields or choose a single Focus Area

+ This program can be completed fully online.

Professional Studies Semester Map

Students in the Professional Studies degree program may choose to pursue digital credentials and one or more of the following certificates while obtaining their degree:

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Professional Studies program will be able to:

  • apply methods of bookkeeping, financial budgeting, and planning to professional workplace scenarios;  

  • demonstrate foundational management and business skills necessary for successful professional organizations;    

  • demonstrate academic skills required of all CCV graduates, including competency in writing, information literacy, oral communication, and quantitative reasoning; and 

  • explore pathways and demonstrate preparedness for educational and career development in the student’s field of study. 

The Professional Studies program is great for you if:

  • you are currently working in or have interest in further developing your professional skills;
  • you want to gain skills you can apply immediately in the workplace; 
  • you are interested in exploring a variety of career options; and/or 
  • you want to optimize the use of credits you’ve already earned. 

Key information and advice for students in the Professional Studies program:

  • CCV’s Professional Studies program prepares students for positions in a variety of settings.
  • Focus Areas and electives in the program allow students the flexibility to explore careers in fields including but not limited to administrative management, human resource management, digital marketing, legal studies, nonprofit management, and banking. 
  • This is a great program for career advancement or transfer to a 4-year school for a variety of business related majors. 

The Professional Studies program prepares you for careers such as:

  • Office Manager
  • Executive and Administrative Assistant
  • Production Supervisor
  • Legal Assistant
  • Digital Marketing Specialist
  • Banking Customer Service Representative
  • Supervisor roles in a variety of industries
  • Nonprofit administration and management
  • Human Resource Specialist

Job outlook in Professional Studies in the state of Vermont:

For up-to-date Vermont labor market information, including salary information and growth projections, please visit the Economic and Labor Market Information at the Vermont Department of Labor Website.


Transfer Options:

CCV programs are designed to make transfer to a bachelor’s degree program seamless, easy, and affordable for graduates. CCV has agreements and 2+2 transfer pathways within the Vermont State College System (VSCS) and other institutions in Vermont and the region. Early planning can help you follow a clear transfer path.

Visit our transfer page for additional information.

Professional Studies Electives

CHOOSE 12 CREDITS from ACC, AHS, BUS, CIS, COM, ECO, MEC, POS or INT to focus on career areas of interest.  Suggested Focus Areas include administrative management, banking, legal studies, non-profit management or manufacturing.   

Electives: 3 credits

General Education Requirements

All associate degrees include completion of general education requirements which, together with program requirements, constitute a minimum of 60 credits. In some cases program requirements also fulfill general education requirements. You may not use a single course to meet two general education requirements.

See the General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees  for requirements and course choices.

Complete at least one course in each of the following:

First Semester Seminar

Introductory Written Expression - VSCS

Digital and Computing Literacy - VSCS

Mathematics - VSCS

Natural Science - VSCS

Social Science - VSCS

Arts & Aesthetics - VSCS

Humanistic Perspectives - VSCS


Research & Writing Intensive

Seminar in Educational Inquiry

VSCS- These courses meet the Vermont State College System General Education Framework.

Minimum Total Credits in Degree: 60


* You may use a course to meet both a program requirement and a general education requirement; however, you may not use a single course to meet two general education requirements.

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