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Dean's Welcome
Dean of Professional Studies

Greg Galardi


School of Professional Studies


The School of Professional Studies offers majors and minors in Business, Psychology, and Criminal Justice, with an emphasis on practical applications.  We focus on what our graduates will be able to do, in addition to what they will know, and this focus gives our graduates an edge in the workplace. We prepare our students for a wide variety of careers in accounting, business, criminal justice and psychology and for post baccalaureate educational opportunities.


Here are some examples of recent innovations in our practical and accessible programs:

  • Our unique Business Administration – Management option integrates computer systems courses into the traditional management curriculum, so our graduates are prepared not only to manage people, but also to manage networks, databases, and other complex systems prevalent in 21st century organizations.
  • Certified Public Accountants with a Master’s degree provide instruction in upper division accounting classes to our Business Administration- Accounting majors, which provides students solid preparation for careers in accounting.
  • Our flexible Psychology major allows students to emphasize human resource management, advanced computer skills, criminal justice, or alcohol and drug counseling by customizing their major courses. Our faculty members include experienced counselors.
  • Our Criminal Justice program has options in Justice Administration, Justice Counseling and Law and Society. Criminal Justice graduates have continued on to a wide variety of successful careers and post baccalaureate educational opportunities. Scholar-practitioners with a wide variety of experience in corrections, policing and law form the core of our criminal justice faculty.
  • Our Bachelor of Applied Science program allows a candidate with virtually any associate’s degree or the equivalent to complete a bachelor’s degree in two years or less – entirely online.
  • Students with substantial life experience may qualify to take our portfolio development course, College 201, which allows the creation of a prior learning portfolio and subsequent evaluation for college credit. While students in the Bachelor of Applied Science – Management program often benefit from this course, other students with substantial prior learning or non-college certifications may qualify for some academic credit.  
  • Our Comparative Justice and Human Service Systems course offers an international field experience in Australia, which gives our students a global perspective on these critical social institutions.
  • A Peru State College Business, Psychology, or Criminal Justice degree may be completed in a traditional classroom setting – or entirely online!

Our dedicated and accessible faculty are experienced practitioners and experienced educators who are committed to our students’ success – in college, in graduate and professional schools, and in their careers.


For help in your educational and career planning, contact the School of Professional Studies at 402-872-2232 or