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Division of Professional Studies
Non-Traditional Programs

The Division of Professional Studies offers comprehensive programs for non-traditional learners to complete an Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Business Administration or Master of Arts degrees. Courses are accelerated, with the majority lasting six weeks. Each course is taught by Judson University faculty, and may be available on the Elgin campus and the branch campus in Rockford, as well as online. Students in the undergraduate programs complete an orientation course designed to introduce or re-introduce students to learning in an accelerated, higher education setting.


You are the salt of the earth...You are the light of the world. (Matt. 5:13-14)

The Division of Professional Studies seeks to develop students to become leaders in their field. Core values of the Division are based on Matthew 5:13-14:

  • God's Word is our foundation
  • Real-world application of theory is our educational practice
  • Lifelong learning is our expectation
  • Student-focused learning is our commitment
  • Being salt and light is our aspiration


The Division of Professional Studies seeks to educate non-traditional students in a faith-integrative, academically rigorous, accelerated environment. Programs within the Division are designed to meet the needs of working adults, and are offered in a flexible, convenient, and accessible environment allowing students to achieve their educational and career goals.

Programs offered through the Division of Professional Studies foster both cognitive and life skill development:

Cognitive Skill Development:

  • Theory-based, practical, relevant curriculum
  • Critical reading, writing, and thinking skills
  • Appreciation of culture---both one's own and others'
  • Preparation for academic work at the next level (AA-BA-MA-PhD)
  • In-depth study in a major field

Life Skill Development:

  • Ethical behavior
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Effective use of technology
  • Lifelong learning
  • Collaborative learning

Program Offerings

Liberal Arts

  • Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts

Business and Leadership

  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership

Human Sciences

  • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Services
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Human Services Administration

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