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Computing (BA in Professional Studies)

The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies with a major in Computing (BAPS) program is designed for students who seek to advance their careers in a range of fields involving computer and networking technologies. You’ll earn a degree that emphasizes integration of specialized knowledge with workplace-ready skills such as professional communications, data-driven decision-making, professional ethics and innovation.

Based on transferable credit or credit earned through an assessment of your prior learning from personal and professional experience, you may be able to earn your degree in two years. You’ll learn from professors who are leaders in their fields, and who are committed to teaching and mentoring adult students. And with our dedicated adult student advisors, you'll have the road map and resources you’ll need to succeed – both in the program and once you’ve graduated. You may take courses online or at DePaul’s Loop Campus during the evenings, or a combination of both.

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Concentration Requirements

Concentrations, tracks and specializations provide focus to the major. In addition to any college core requirements, liberal studies requirements and major requirements, students are required to choose one of the following:

Computer Science
Information Systems
Information Technology
Network Technology
Security

  

Combined Bachelors and Masters Degree

BAPS-Computing students who meet the admissions requirements listed below can contact Kenn Skorupa at kskorupa@depaul.edu to apply.

Admission Criteria

  • Minimum of 44 quarter hours earned
  • Minimum of 12 quarter hours earned at DePaul
  • GPA of 3.3 or higher in courses taken at DePaul
  • Endorsement of faculty advisor

Program Structure

Students in the combined degree program take a maximum of three graduate level courses that count toward both their bachelor's and master's degree requirements. Students may enroll in graduate level coursework in the junior and senior year only. Students in the combined degree program will receive the bachelor's degree after meeting all graduation requirements including the minimum credit hours required for graduation.

To earn the master's degree, the student must earn as many additional graduate credit hours as needed to reach the minimum number of graduate credit hours required in that master's degree.

Only CDM courses can be taken as part of this program. Advanced programs (e.g., JD/MS, MFA, and PhD) are not eligible for the combined degree program.

Maintaining Good Standing

Cumulative GPA and course grades will be reviewed after each Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarter.

The student and faculty advisor will be notified when the student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.3 or when the students receives less than a C- in graduate level course.

If a student's cumulative GPA falls below 3.3, the student must earn a term GPA of 3.3 or above in the following quarter to stay in good standing. If the student does not achieve a 3.3 term GPA, then the student will be dismissed from the combined program and resume the traditional B.A./B.S./B.F.A.

If dismissed from the combined degree program after graduate courses have been passed, the graduate courses may only apply to the undergraduate degree. Should the student later be admitted to a graduate program, graduate courses applied to the undergraduate degree many not apply to the graduate program and may not be repeated if they are required in the declared graduate curriculum. Other graduate courses may be substituted in this case.

Designing a Course of Study

It is extremely important that the student and faculty advisor work together on a course of study immediately upon admission to the Combined Degree Program.

This course of study should include the graduate courses to be taken and the undergraduate courses that are replaced by the graduate courses. Failure to put together a solid plan can lead to extra coursework and a lengthening of the Combined Degree program.

It is advisable for the student and the faculty advisor to enter the proposed plan of study in the student communication record on the CDM intranet so it is available to the student and CDM faculty and staff.

Registering for Master's Degree Courses

Combined degree students must meet regularly with their faculty advisor. The faculty advisor will initiate the registration process for all graduate level courses taken during the undergraduate career.

Bachelor's Degree to Master's Degree Transition

In order to be fully admitted to the designated master's program, the student must meet all admission requirements for that program. When preparing to complete the undergraduate portion of the combined degree, students must submit the application for degree conferral for the undergraduate degree by the application deadline. At this time, the students should contact the CDM Academic Success Center about the procedure required to be formally admitted to the declared graduate program. ​

​The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies with a Major in Computing is a joint degree program between the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (SCPS) and the College of Computing and Digital Media (CDM) at DePaul. The program builds knowledge and skills in computing and technology-based systems for application in a range of organizational settings. In this program, students examine their prior and current work-based experience in light of theory and principles. This program intentionally helps students to integrate liberal arts learning, with an emphasis on agile and critical thinking, with a professional specialization.

This major advances students' foundational knowledge in a range of computing areas. Students may pursue concentrations in computer science, information systems, information technology, network technology, and security. With a range of elective courses offered in the major, students may specialize further in areas of particular interest to them.

Features of the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies with a Major in Computing include:

  • Designed for working adult students with flexible scheduling including online options
  • Financial Aid, flexible payment options, and special adult student tuition pricing available
  • Acceleration and affordability through transfer credit and prior learning assessment (PLA) credit
  • Opportunities to combine bachelor's and master’s programs and apply graduate courses to both programs
  • Individualized program planning, course selection and advising assistance provided
  • Enhanced career opportunities through professional portfolio development, instruction from industry practitioners, and wide-ranging Career Services support
  • Degree granted by DePaul University, with its excellent academic reputation and the opportunity to join its prestigious and extensive alumni network
Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Core Requirements 78
Major Requirements 22
Concentration Requirements varies by concentration
Open Electives varies by concentration
Total hours required 192 hours

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Design a technology-based solution to a problem in an organization.
  • Plan the implementation of a technology-based system customized to an organization.
  • Analyze a technology-based system in an organization and recommend improvements.
  • Investigate problems using qualitative and quantitative methods.
  • Apply ethical principles in contest.
  • Apply various methods of communication in multiple settings.
  • Analyze and apply different liberal arts perspectives.

College Core Requirements (78 credits, 20 credits in residence)

Lifelong Learning (32 credits, 16 credits in residence)

Course Title Quarter Hours
LL 201REFLECTIVE LEARNING 12
LL 305ACTIVE CITIZENS: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE COMMUNITY, WORKPLACE WORLD4
MAT 130PRECALCULUS4
LL 261ESSAY WRITING4
LL 270CRITICAL THINKING4
LL 290RESEARCH WRITING 14
LL 301RESEARCH METHODS 16
LL 302EXTERNSHIP 14

Liberal Learning

(46 credits, 4 credits in residence):

  • Liberal Arts in Action Requirement: CCA 281, CCH 281, CCS 281 or courses with LA1 designation, 6 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM ARTS & IDEAS, courses with the CCA, AL, PI, or RD requirement designations, or any Arts & Ideas competencies, 12 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM HUMAN COMMUNITY, courses with the CCH, SSMW, or UP requirement designations, or any Human Community competencies, 12 credits
  • CORE CURRICULUM SCIENTIFIC WORLD, courses with the CCSW, SI, SILB, or SISK requirement designations, or any Scientific World competencies, 12 credits
  • IN 307, 4 credits1

Major Requirements

At least 40 credit hours must be completed in residence (at DePaul) taken from the following categories: Professional Studies Core, Computing Core, Computing Concentration, and Computing Electives including FA 199 and at least 20 of those 40 credits must be taken from CDM (the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul). See "Concentration Requirements" for further details about the Computing Concentration and Computing Elective requirements.   

Professional S​tudies Core (14 credits, 2 credits in residence)

Course Title Quarter Hours
FA 199CAREER ASSESSMENT AND PLANNING 12
DCM 330PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION IN THE WORKPLACE4
ETHICS OR SOCIAL JUSTICE, courses with the PSES requirement designation. Choose one of the following:2
DCM 317
ETHICS IN THE PROFESSIONS
DCM 318
SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE PROFESSIONS
CREATIVITY OR INNOVATION, courses with the PSCI requirement designation. Choose one of the following:2
CCA 170
CREATIVITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP
DCM 319
CREATIVITY AND INNOVATIVE THINKING
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES, courses with the PSGP requirement designation. Choose one of the following:4
CCH 239
BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY AND OUR GLOBAL FUTURE
CCH 283
GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES OF WORK & FAMILY
CCH 300
GLOBALIZATION AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

Computing Core (8 credits)

Course Title Quarter Hours
IT 223DATA ANALYSIS4
IT 263APPLIED NETWORKS AND SECURITY4

Students in the The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies with a Major in Computing are to choose one of the following Concentrations:

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