At Union University, be transformed.

Have you dreamed of earning a college degree, but didn't think it was possible with your responsibilities and schedule? Union University is ready to partner with you in your education, from application to graduation.

The Associate of Science in Professional Studies offers affordable tuition that qualifies for the Tennessee Reconnect Grant.

  • Flexible class schedule: One night a week (6-10 pm), fully online, or a combination of your choosing
  • Relevant coursework designed to advance your career
  • Concentrations in: Organizational Leadership, Christian Leadership, or Human Services
  • Finish in less than two years

Am I ready?

At Union University, we encourage applications from adult students with little or no college experience. An Associate of Science student must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have a state high school equivalency diploma and be at least 24 years of age (22 on our regional/online campuses). You’ll need to submit the following: application for admission, processing fee, transcripts from all accredited institutions attended, high school transcript/GED if less than 24 college credit hours achieved, immunization record, a rationale statement describing why you desire to attend Union University and two letters of recommendation on provided forms. Do you have questions about any of these? Contact us. We’re here to help.

Can I Afford It?

Union University is nationally recognized for academic excellence. It is also affordable, making a degree from Union achievable for adult students. You might be surprised at the financial aid that is available to qualified students. Contact us to get more information.

Per semester hour charges for courses for 2019-2020: $295 per credit hour plus a $22 per credit hour student service fee.

What Classes Do I Need?

We work with each student to develop the best Plan of Action for completing required classes and meeting graduation goals. You may select courses from a prescribed list, based on your needs, family situation and objectives. If you have earned college credit in the past, your transcript will be evaluated. In addition, Union offers Road to Graduation seminars for adult students.

How Do I Plan for College Study?

Union offers study and writing workshops to help adult students become reacquainted with the academic endeavor. Students may call on Associate degree staff whenever they feel pressure or need academic advice.

We also require an orientation session for students taking online or in-class courses. This is your opportunity to become acquainted with using University technology, academic resources, student services and much more. We want you to enjoy all of the benefits of a Union University education.


The School serves undergraduate non-traditional adult students in degree-completion programs, undergraduate and graduate certificate programs, and continuing education initiatives at the University. It focuses, as well, on community extended learning efforts. The Associate of Science in Professional Studies (ASPS) the degree is uniquely designed to facilitate the degree progression for adult students who have little or no previous college credits. The ASPS degree features a rotation of courses created specifically for adult students and offers concentrations in: Organizational Leadership, Christian Leadership, and Human Services (General or Pre-Nursing tracks). After completing the Associate of Science in Professional Studies program, students are prepared to enroll in one of Union's Adult Studies bachelor's degrees as well as many of our traditional degree offerings. The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (BSOL) is a degree completion program designed to meet the needs of working adults. The program is for adults who have an associate degree or at least 60 hours of earned college credit, and the rotation of classes allow for degree completion in as little as 18 months. The BSOL major may be completed with a concentration in one of seven areas: Organizational Management, Health Management, Church Leadership, Project Management, Criminal Justice Administration, Information Technology, or Manufacturing and Industry Management. Students who meet admission criteria, however, are unable to come on campus for classes, now have the option of completing the BSOL major fully online. Check with the School of Adult and Professional Studies for details.

Program Admission

The Associate of Science in Professional Studies (ASPS) the program accepts qualified adult students who have little or no prior college credit. The goal of ASPS is to provide intentionally and individualized programs to include academic advising and course selection to help beginning adult students in their transition into academic life, and foster their strengths and achievements to help them complete a degree from Union University. Students admitted into the ASPS or BSOL Programs must be 24 years of age or older. Prior to admission, the student must submit an application for admission and processing fee; High School Diploma or GED/HiSET or equivalency; transcripts from all institutions of higher learning attended; immunization record, written rationale statement describing desire to attend Union University; and two letters of recommendation on provided forms. In addition to University admission requirements, the BSOL applicant must provide official transcripts documenting completion of a minimum of 60 semester hours of acceptable college credit including ENG 111 and 18 additional hours applicable to the General Core. All coursework attempted must document a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Testing and Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) may be awarded for experiential learning using portfolio-style documentation of learning. Students must be fully accepted and registered in the BSOL Program before submitting the portfolio. Check with the CPL Director for application and full details. Union University participates in several credits by examination programs following the guidelines of The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and The American Council on Education (ACE). A maximum of 32 semester hours by examination and a maximum of 28 CPL hours may be applied toward the BSOL degree. See the "Admissions" section of the Catalogue for additional information. Union University awards credit for non-collegiate sponsored education in accordance with ACE and CAEL guidelines. Transcription of this credit is available to matriculated students. It includes credit for learning experiences in all branches of the military and through participating industry education programs.

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Last updated August 16, 2019
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