Bachelor of Liberal Studies in General Studies Degree Completion Program

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Time to completion:

~3 Years

No App Fee* if Application File Completed Within 20 Days

There is not a single more powerful tool to increase your income and open more doors of opportunity than a college degree. The online Bachelor of Liberal Studies (BLS) in General Studies degree completion program from Saint Joseph’s University is designed to not only help you seamlessly take your existing college credits and finish your bachelor’s degree, but is built on a curriculum of real world education that will help put your new degree to work quickly and effectively. You can choose from two career-enriching concentrations: Autism Studies and Professional Studies.

As a private, Jesuit university, Saint Joseph’s is guided by a faith that advocates social justice. The learning environment enables students to engage with impactful social concerns. With our bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, you will develop your skills as a critical thinker, creator, and innovator within your professional and personal lives. As a student striving to better your career and opportunities, Saint Joseph’s University can show you how to make a difference as a leader in any organization.


Students may transfer up to 75 credits toward their Bachelor of Liberal Studies in General Studies degree, totaling a maximum 75 credits.


Based on U.S. Census data, on average, bachelor’s degree graduates earn 83 percent more than those with only a high school diploma.1

With online classes in leadership, personal development, autism studies, and more, the BLS program is a degree completion program. When you graduate, you’ll have the credentials you need to pursue your goals and the skills and experience to help achieve them. It’s all delivered in a convenient, cost-effective online format designed to fit perfectly around your current work and family responsibilities. Your individual degree completion time varies based on the number of transfer courses and the number of courses completed each term. Work, family, and other commitments may influence your academic career pace.

With a bachelor’s degree, graduates can open numerous doors for their career advancement. Graduates of the BLS degree program are equipped to move out of entry-level positions and pursue management roles. Earning a bachelor’s degree also affords the opportunity for more flexibility to explore a career change. Learn more about the career outlook once you complete your bachelor’s degree.

Enhance Your Career with a Choice of Concentrations

Autism Studies
The Autism Studies concentration of the Bachelor of Liberal Studies in General Studies focuses on knowledge and techniques to educate and assist individuals within the Autism Spectrum. It consists of ten courses in total: seven theoretical courses and three fieldwork courses that are approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

This course sequence meets the coursework and field experience requirement for taking the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA) Examination as outlined by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB).

Professional Studies
The Professional Studies concentration consists of six core courses plus two concentrated-related electives and focuses on expertise and skills required for success in the contemporary workplace, particularly related to organizational leadership and development. Coursework develops your leadership potential and expands your general knowledge in such areas as critical thinking, social justice, problem solving and more.

The Saint Joseph’s University Difference

At Saint Joseph’s University, you’ll never pursue your online bachelor’s degree alone. An entire network of counselors, advisors, and professors stands ready to guide you every step of the way to graduation. One-on-one support is never-ending. From financial aid, academic support, help with the application process, or 24/7 technical support – every department of Saint Joseph’s University works together to make your journey toward a bachelor’s degree fast, affordable and rewarding.

Saint Joseph’s expert faculty is fully committed to your academic growth. Course curriculums convey their real-world expertise and involvement with various communities.

Saint Joseph’s University has a rich tradition in educating adults for more than 100 years. Since the 1940s, SJU has been helping working adults complete their bachelor’s degrees for more than 70 years. Today, with online convenience and around-the-clock support, it’s easier than ever to harness the power of a college degree and build the career and lifestyle of your dreams.

Choose from two career-enriching concentrations: Autism Studies or Professional Studies.

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To learn more about how you can complete your college degree online at Saint Joseph’s University, call (215) 473-2695 to speak with a Program Manager, or request more information and we’ll reach out to you.


*No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. To be eligible for the application fee waiver, you must complete your application file, including all supporting documentation outlined in the Admissions Checklists or requested by the University, within 20 days of your appointment with a Program Manager. Call 215.473.2695 for more information.

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