Jesuit higher education in the 21st century seeks one common goal: to embody the Creator’s love for humankind through self‐improvement and service to others. With its spiritual foundation, its insistence on excellence, and its capacity for adaptation, contemporary Jesuit education is committed to the student as well as to service to the community at large.

Following the original directive of Saint Ignatius, the founder of Jesuit education, to “meet people where they are,” the College of Professional Studies extends the commitments and resources of the University beyond traditional academic boundaries. Working with a diverse population of nontraditional students, the College provides flexible access to courses, while maintaining academic rigor. Offering full or part-time schedules, day and evening courses, accelerated and full semester classes, online or on-campus delivery allows adult learners the ability to choose a degree program that best fits their interests as well as their busy lives. 

Mission Statement

The College of Professional Studies provides a values-centered education for its students in an atmosphere of concern for the individual, participates in the Catholic and Jesuit mission of Creighton, and extends the commitments and resources of the University beyond traditional academic boundaries.


The goals of the College of Professional Studies provide the framework for each student’s educational experience and for the assessment of student learning outcomes of CPS programs. 

At the completion of their program, graduates will:

  • demonstrate disciplinary competence with a global perspective in service to others;
  • demonstrate critical thinking, analytical and imaginative problem-solving in their field of study;
  • demonstrate ethical decision making, service, and civic responsibility in accordance with the Judeo-Christian tradition and Ignatian values;
  • respectfully and effectively communicate information through multiple modes of expression;
  • demonstrate deliberative reflection for lifelong personal and professional formation; and
  • demonstrate an ability to work effectively and in solidarity across the distinctions of human diversity.

Associate degrees are available to students enrolled in the College of Professional Studies only. A candidate for an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree must have earned 64 semester hours of credit with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or above for all courses attempted at Creighton University and 2.00 or above for all courses in the field of concentration. The ASEMS degree requires a total of 72 semester hours. Students who earn an associate degree may continue on for a bachelor’s degree. All work completed in an associate degree program can be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.

At least half (32) of the hours for the Associate in Science or Associate in Arts must be completed in residence at Creighton University. At least 15 semester hours in the major field must be completed at Creighton.

Associate Degree Requirements: 64 Credits

Degree-seeking students enrolled through the College of Professional Studies are required to complete CPS 200: Making the Transition to College. Students who have successfully completed RSP Culture of Collegiate life and inter-college transfer to CPS are not required to complete this requirement.

CPS Required Course
CPS 200Making the Transition to College:Strategies for Degree Completion3
Magis Core Foundations:15
Select all of the following Foundations components:
Contemporary Composition (3)
Critical Issues in Human Inquiry (3)
Oral Communication (1)
Mathematical Reasoning (2)
Philosophical Ideas (3)
The Christian Tradition (3)
Magis Core Explorations:5
Select 5 credits from the following. Ethics is required.
Understanding Natural Science (2)
Understanding Social Science (3)
Global Perspectives in History (3)
Literature (3)
Ethics (3) *Required
The Biblical Tradition (3)
Major Requirements25-31
See Major for specific requirements
Select Electives to reach 64 credits 1
Total Credits58-70

 A minimum of 64 credit hours is required for the associate degree. The number of Electives credits needed is dependent on the requirements for the major and courses selected for Explorations.

Associate in Arts Degrees

Associate in Science Degrees

Associate in Science in Emergency Medical Services


Students may pursue any major area of study in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Heider College of Business, or the College of Professional Studies.


The courses in the AcceleratedCREIGHTON programs are offered in 8-week terms. Programs may be completed fully online or in a hybrid format. Hybrid programs combine online courses and on-campus courses.

Associate to Bachelor Programs

Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Degree Programs

  • Leadership. This program provides highly qualified and motivated students an opportunity to complete both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science an at accelerated pace. Participating students can apply as many as 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework toward both of their degrees.

The following programs are also administered through the College of Professional Studies:

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Degree-seeking students enrolled through the College of Professional Studies are required to complete CPS 200 Making the Transition to College:Strategies for Degree Completion. Students who have successfully completed RSP Culture of Collegiate Life and inter-college transfer to CPS are not required to complete this requirement.

Students must meet the following requirements:

  • a minimum of 128 credit hours, including at least 48 credit hours in courses numbered 300 or above
  • a minimum of 48 credit hours must be completed at Creighton University, with 32 of the final 48 completed in residence at Creighton
  • an overall cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00, based on all courses at Creighton University
  • completion of all applicable requirements of the Magis Common Core Curriculum
  • completion of  all major requirements, with at least a 2.00 in the minimum requirements of the major

Magis Common Core Curriculum

The Magis Core Curriculum applies to students matriculating as an undergraduate degree-seeking student, Fall 2014 and after.  The Magis University Common Core Curriculum is organized into four levels, with various Components in each level. Each College may designate additional College Core Components. Students must complete the designated number of credits in each Common Core and College Core categories using approved courses.  The most up-to-date list of approved courses is available on the NEST Schedule of Classes and Course Catalog.

Foundations Explorations Integrations Designated Courses (1 course each)
Contemporary Composition (3 credits)Understanding Natural Science (2 credits)Intersections (3 credits)Designated Ethics
Critical Issues in Human Inquiry (3 credits)Understanding Social Science (3 credits)Designated Oral Communications
Oral Communication (1 credit)Global Perspectives in History (3 credits)Designated Written Communication
Mathematical Reasoning (2 credits)Literature (3 credits)Designated Statistical Reasoning
Philosophical Ideas (3 credits)Ethics (3 credits)Designated Technology
The Christian Tradition (3 credits)The Biblical Tradition (3 credits)

CPS Courses

Courses that students take come from any of the undergraduate colleges - see each college and department's section in the catalog. Following are courses designated specifically for College of Professional Studies students:

CPS 200. Making the Transition to College:Strategies for Degree Completion. 3 credits. FA, SP, SU

Newly admitted CPS students will explore the University’s Jesuit, Catholic history and Ignatian values; learn about the culture of scholarship and its basis in the standards of academic integrity; become familiar with program and course expectations; and gain an understanding of the tools and services available throughout the University. Students will understand their plan of study, including mapping time to degree and ways to earn academic credit, including the Passport to Prior Learning. Students will be introduced to academic writing techniques. Graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. P: DC.

CPS 400. What Really Matters:Discernment, Conscience, Compassion. 3 credits. FA, SP

Using the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm, students reflect on multiple Jesuit charisms and what they “mean” for their own lives, with a special focus on discerning “what they love” as related to vocation, service, justice and cura personalis. Students articulate beliefs on our culture and (in)justice at societal and personal levels. P: Critical Issues in Human Inquiry course. P: One Magis Core Critical Issues in Human Inquiry course; Senior standing.

Undergraduate Certificates

Students who may not initially want to follow a bachelor’s degree program may enroll in one of the undergraduate certificate programs offered by the College of Professional Studies. Students without prior college work may elect to complete a certificate program first and have the option of continuing with the complete degree program. (Courses required in most of the certificate programs meet some of the major requirements in the degree programs.) Others who have previously completed a Bachelor’s degree may want to enroll in a certificate program for personal enrichment or in order to show a concentration in another area of study.

Undergraduate certificate programs offered are:

A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required to earn an undergraduate certificate.  A grade of “C” or better is needed in all courses to count toward the certificate. No course may be taken Pass/No Pass. All course requirements will be taken at Creighton, as transfer credit is not allowed for certificate programs.

Individuals who want to follow a certificate program should complete the Application for Admission available at

Teacher Certification

Consult with an advisor in the Department of Education, Room 106 in the Hitchcock Communication Arts Building for information on certification/endorsement requirements. Telephone 402.280.2820.

Flex Course Program

All students are eligible to register for self-paced courses in Creighton’s Flex Course Program. The Flex Course Program offers students the opportunity for access to undergraduate courses developed by Creighton faculty members. Communication is the key to receiving the personalized instruction that is ordinarily given in the traditional college classroom. The Flex Course Program maintains the same high degree of instructional quality that is maintained in on-campus courses at Creighton.

The minimum course completion time is 8 weeks, and the maximum is six months from the date of enrollment. Tuition is $1,299 per course, except for NUR 223 Nutrition (2 credits), which is $866. Textbook and supplementary course material costs are in addition to tuition. Flex Course Program information is available online at or from the College of Professional Studies Office, B-11, Eppley Building 402.280.2870 or 1.800.637.4279. Students may register for a Flex Course Program course any time during the year.

Available Courses

NUR 223Nutrition2
Coursewriter: Mary Watson, M.S., R.D.
PHL 320Ultimate Questions: God and Persons3
Coursewriter: Eugene E. Selk, Ph.D.
PSY 341Infant and Child Development3
Coursewriter: Debra L. Schwiesow, Ed.S.
PSY 271Developmental Psychology3
Coursewriter: Debra L. Schwiesow, Ed.S.