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Undergraduate Admission Requirements

The School of Professional Studies primarily serves non-traditional (adult) students. Admission requirements will vary by degree program.

Bachelor of Professional Studies

Bachelor of Professional Studies (B.P.S.) applicants must

  • be at least 21 years old
  • have earned a high school diploma (or its equivalent)

We recommend that prospective students have completed at least two semesters of college (24 credit hours). However, if you are interested in the B.P.S. program and have not completed two semesters of college, we still encourage you to speak with the admissions team.

If you already have an undergraduate degree, you are not eligible for the B.P.S. program. You are eligible for the Bachelor of General Studies program and undergraduate certificates.

Note: Additional admission requirements will vary by concentration. 

Bachelor of General Studies

The Bachelor of General Studies (B.G.S.) program is designed for prospective students considering

  • completing their degree fully online
  • earning their degree fully online
  • designing their own degree by combining online and in person classes
  • designing their own degree by completing the requirements in person

Admission requirements will vary depending on whether you are applying to the program with some college credit or no prior college credit. If you have questions about applying to the B.G.S. program, we encourage you to speak with the admissions team.

Certificates

Prospective students interested in either the Project Management certificate or the Sustainability and 21st Century Business Solutions certificate must have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants who have already completed an undergraduate degree or an advanced degree are still eligible to apply for undergraduate certificates. If you have questions about applying for the certificate programs, please contact the admissions team.

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Information for transfer students

Information for military and veteran students

Successful Transitions through Educational Planning (STEP) Program.

Students who previously attended the College of Charleston, and who had a GPA under 2.0 at the time of last enrollment, must complete the Successful Transitions through Educational Planning (STEP) Program. STEP website.

Students currently enrolled at Trident Tech

Learn about the College of Charleston's Cougar Path (2+2) program with Trident Tech. Learn more about Cougar Path.


STEP Program

Students who previously attended the College of Charleston and who had a GPA under 2.0 at the time of last enrollment must complete the Successful Transitions through Educational Planning (STEP) Program.

To participate, students must have their application and other credentials submitted by May 1, 2020 for Fall 2020 and November 1, 2020 for Spring 2021. There is no summer application for the STEP program.

For more information, please visit the STEP website.

Cougar Path (2+2) Program

The College of Charleston and Trident Technical College have formed a partnership to assist students in their transition to the College's Bachelor of Professional Studies Program.

This 2 + 2 program, known as the Cougar Path Program, provides prospective transfer students who meet the GPA requirements with advising and academic support for a successful transition from Trident Tech to the College of Charleston.

For more information, visit the Cougar Path Program website.

Official evaluations of transfer credit are completed after a student has been offered admission to College of Charleston. However, an unofficial evaluation may be done in consultation with our admissions team.

Students may also use the Transfer Equivalency Database to view a history of how courses have transferred to the College of Charleston in the past.

For general information regarding the College of Charleston's transfer credit policies, visit the Registrar's Office website.

Our admissions team is available to meet with students to discuss:

  • degree requirements
  • admission to the College of Charleston
  • academic planning
  • transfer credits
  • other enrollment-related questions

  • Speak with an advisor