School for Professional Studies (SPS) Academic Programs

Adult Degree Completion Programs in Business, Corporate Communication, Organizational Development & Leadership, and Nursing

Kevin Finefrock - Associate Dean

Walsh University offers four degree completion programs: a business degree program with majors in accounting, management, and marketing; corporate communication; organizational development & leadership; and registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN–BSN) degree.

Adults have educational needs different from traditional students.  Most adults juggle several responsibilities in their job, home and personal life.  Adults thrive in an atmosphere that encourages them to become involved in, and actively contribute to, the learning experience.  These characteristics create a framework that considers the students’ age, experience, focused goals, busy schedule and learning style to create a degree completion program that’s right for them.

Students can earn a degree in an accelerated time frame, as both online and in-class courses move at a faster pace in eight week sessions. In-class courses meet one evening per week.  Each course concentrates not only on the subject, but also on how the students will use the material in their professional lives. Students will be actively involved in class projects, presentations, and discussions with the instructor and their peers.  Through these interactive courses, students will sharpen their critical thinking skills, expand their knowledge and enhance their professional mobility.

Students may earn up to 45 credit hours for work or life experience and through test outs. 

Students may move in and out of sessions as needed due to outside demands.  Advisors work with students to determine their best options for degree completion. Excellence in education and the integrity of the program are maintained and strengthened through stringent academic monitoring and continuous communication with both faculty and students.

Classes, as well as support services, are located at: 2623 South Arlington Road in Akron and 2020 East Maple Street in North Canton (main campus). Advising, registration, classes, and tuition payments can be completed at each location.  Designed specifically for adults, classrooms are comfortable and conducive to learning.

Business, Corporate Communication, Organizational Development & Leadership, and Nursing Admissions Requirements

To be accepted into the Business, Corporate Communication, and Organizational Development & Leadership programs through the School for Professional Studies, students must:

  • Be 21 years old.
  • Have 12 hours of prior college credit. (Acceptable transfer work is credit toward a degree 
    for courses taken at a college or university other than Walsh that is approved by the 
    registrar, appropriate division chair, or program director. Walsh University accepts transfer
    credits from regionally accredited institutions with a grade of "C" or better)
    • If you are an adult learner (21 years and older) with less than 12 credit hours of 
      acceptable transfer work you must:
      • Have graduated from an accredited high school or have an overall score of 
        640 on the GED
      • Complete standardized placement tests in mathematics, foreign language 
        and writing.
      • Applicants showing sufficient proficiency in mathematics and writing will require 
        no further courses in these areas 
      • All students with less than 12 credit hours of acceptable transfer work will have 
        provisional acceptance until the completion of the following 
        (as part of a Learning Support Program – LSP):
        • GE 110
        • APA Refresher Course
        • Earned 12 credit hours with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 
          (on a 4.00 scale)
  • If you are an adult learner (21 years and older) with at least 12 credit hours of acceptable 
    transfer work, you must:
    • Have graduated from an accredited high school or have an overall score of 
      640 on the GED
    • Have a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA (on a 4.00 scale) on a minimum of 12 credit 
      hours of approved transfer credit.
    • Upon admission, the student will meet with his/her academic advisor to review the 
      degree requirements, review proficiency status and enroll in the appropriate 
      coursework.

GPA calculation for students transferring to Walsh University from another institution:

Courses transferred from another accredited institution are not included in the student's cumulative grade point index.  Only the credit hours are accepted and recorded on the academic record for each transferred course as “TR.”

Business majors, transferring in equivalent degree required business courses, will follow the GPA calculation requirements for purposes of advancement and graduation (see degree requirements).

To be accepted into the degree completion RN-BSN program, students must:

  • Have a current unencumbered Ohio Registered Nurse license.
  • Have completed anatomy and physiology, microbiology, English composition, chemistry and social service electives; or have special permission of the Dean of the Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing.
  • Fulfill Walsh University’s School for Professional Studies application process.
  • Have maintained a minimum grade point average of 2.10 from the transferring institution(s).  If a 2.10 grade point average has not been maintained, students should meet with a School for Professional Studies enrollment manager to discuss options.
  • Be a graduate of an accredited Associate Degree or diploma nursing program.
  • Provide health data prior to enrolling.

Drop Policy - School for Professional Studies:

Registration for classes creates a contract for payment of tuitions, fees, and charges.  If the student chooses to terminate this contract with Walsh University, he/she must officially (in writing) drop his/her class(es) during the first six business days from the start of each session in which the course occurs, in order to receive 100% tuition refund.  However, there will be a $100 drop fee assessed at that time.

Nonattendance to class or notification to an instructor does not constitute an official withdrawal.  

The student should understand that dropping classes could negatively affect his/her financial aid award package.

Tuition Payment:

For all students: Owed account balance to Walsh University must be under $1000.00 before a student is permitted to register for future classes in subsequent semesters.  Any balance over 90 days old will be assessed a 1% per month interest fee.

For students receiving company reimbursement:  Students must make full payment to Walsh University no later than 30 business days after grades are issued, and must provide Walsh University with a current copy of Walsh University’s Employer Reimbursement form.  Any balance over 30 days old will be assessed a 1% per month interest fee, and any delinquent balance may result in the students account being removed from the Employer Reimbursement program until it is brought up to date.

Overdue Balances:

Balances not paid after 150 days from the start date of the session in which the course occurs are subject to collection action.  This action includes collection and default charges in addition to the interest fees.  If an account balance is forwarded to a third party collection agency, the student will be responsible for that account balance (including interest) and collection costs of 33 1/3%.  Payment in full (including interest and collection costs) must be made before the student is able to register for any additional classes.  Tuition for all future courses must be paid in advance.

Financial Aid

Students who register for at least six (6) semester hours per semester are eligible to apply for federal and state financial assistance.  This assistance includes grant programs as well as deferred student loans. Information and applications can be obtained by contacting the Walsh University Financial Aid Office at 330-490-7147.

Program Format

Most courses are three (3) semester hours of credit each. Two eight-week sessions are offered.  This format provides 6 starting points each year for registration.

The School for Professional Studies and Stark State College

Walsh University has cooperative programs in business, corporate communication, education and nursing with Stark State College.  Students must meet Walsh’s current admission requirements to be covered by this agreement.

Students graduating from the ADN program at Stark State, and licensed in the State of Ohio, may enter Walsh University to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (RN–BSN) with direct credit transfer.

The School for Professional Studies and Cuyahoga Community College

Walsh University has a cooperative program with Cuyahoga Community College.  Students must meet Walsh’s current admission requirements to be eligible.

The School for Professional Studies and Eastern Gateway Community College

Walsh University has a cooperative program with Eastern Gateway Community College.  Students must meet Walsh’s current admission requirements to be eligible.

Second Degree (for previous Walsh University graduates)

Walsh University graduates holding a baccalaureate degree may pursue an additional major baccalaureate degree through the School for Professional Studies.  Candidates for an additional degree must satisfactorily complete all of the current requirements for the additional degree and a minimum of 32 additional semester credit hours at Walsh University.  Credit hours from the original degree will not count toward the 32 additional hours required for the new degree. Transfer credits, portfolio credits, CLEP, DANTES or special tests will not apply to the 32 additional required hours.

Students returning for an additional degree are required to apply for graduation and pay appropriate graduation fees.  The second degree will be posted separate of the original degree.  Walsh will not ask for the first diploma to be returned.  A new diploma reflecting the additional degree will be issued to the student, consistent with the transcript.

DeVille School of Business

The DeVille School of Business permits main campus business majors to enroll in a maximum of two DSoB courses (BUS or ECON) through the School for Professional Studies if:

  1. the student meets the admittance criteria of the School for Professional Studies, or
  2. the student not meeting the School for Professional Studies admittance criteria requires a course for graduation at the end of the current semester and that course is not available in the DSoB's main campus offering for that semester.

A main campus business major should be aware that attendance for the first class sessions are mandatory.  There may be an assignment due the first class session. Textbooks must be obtained prior to the beginning date for the course. Any student failing to attend the first class session will be administratively withdrawn from the course.  The student must gain permission (per above criteria) from the dean of the DeVille School of Business to take courses offered through the School for Professional Studies.

Application Process

Students seeking admission to programs offered through the School for Professional Studies should complete an application form and return it to the Walsh University site where they wish to take classes.

Program site addresses are:

  • 2623 S. Arlington Rd., Akron OH 44319-2044 (Akron Campus)
  • 2020 East Maple St., North Canton, Ohio 44720-3336 (Main Campus)

Required admissions materials include:

  • A current resume
  • Official transcript from each college or university previously attended
  • Official transcript from high school
  • If applicable, notarized copy of DD-214 or DD-295 forms (military) and/or official copy of CLEP, PEP, DANTES, USAFI standardized test scores, and/or company training courses if they have been evaluated by the American Council of Education
  • Assessment and/or placement tests may be required.

Contact the School for Professional Studies at 330-490-7292, toll-free at 800-WU-IDEAL, or email us for more information.

Visit our website to submit an application form.

Required RN-BSN materials include:

  • A completed health data form
  • An unencumbered Ohio RN License
  • Official transcript from each college or university previously attended (Must be a graduate of an accredited Associate Degree or diploma program);
  • Official transcript from high school
  • If applicable, notarized copy of DD-214 or DD-295 forms (military) and/or official copy of CLEP, PEP, DANTES, USAFI standardized test scores, and/or company training courses if they have been evaluated by the American Council of Education

Tuition, Fees and Other Charges

Tuition                             $500.00 per credit hour

Application Fee              $0 no application fee

Textbooks Average       $75 - $200 per course

Prices are subject to change. Deferred tuition plans are available.

Accounting (B.A.), Management (B.A.), and Marketing (B.A.)

Dr. Carole Mount-Dean, Deville School of Business

Students matriculating for a associate or bachelor's degree at School for Professional Studies will be held to the DSoB advancement and curriculum requirements.

See degree requirements.

Corporate Communication (B.A.)

Dr. Amanda Gradisek- Chair, Division of Literature, Language, & Communication; Coordinator of Freshman Composition; Associate Professor of English

A degree in corporate communication prepares a student to grasp the evolving communication methods of the twenty-first century, blending the traditional areas of business advertising, public relations, and marketing with technological realms like social media, Internet video, and blogs.  The major is composed of a mix of both business and communication courses, with roughly half of the credits in each area.  Lower-level courses focus on concepts and skills; the upper-level courses encourage students to apply knowledge to real-world situations.

Students matriculating for a bachelor's degree at School for Professional Studies will be held to the School of Arts & Sciences, Literature, Language, Communication curriculum requirements.

See degree requirements.         

Organizational Development & Leadership (B.A.)

Dr. Pamela Ritzline - Dean, School of Behavioral Health & Sciences

A degree in organizational development & leadership prepares students for leadership careers in for-profit and non-profit organizations, organizational and leadership coaching as well as human resources, project, and healthcare administration.  The ODL major includes 51 credits and includes courses in the ODL core, ODL concentrations, and electives plus three new courses.  Students may select optional electives offered in the MBA prep series courses for the 4+1 program.

Students matriculating for a bachelor's degree at School for Professional Studies will be held to the School of Arts & Sciences curriculum requirements.           

See degree requirements.

Bachelor of Nursing Science Completion Program (RN to BSN) 

Dr. Linda Linc - Dean, Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing

In order to be admitted to the RN-BSN program, students must have an unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in Ohio and be a graduate of an accredited nursing program.  Courses required for admission to the program include nursing, anatomy and physiology I & II, microbiology, English composition, chemistry, and social science electives, or by special permission from the Dean of the Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS: A minimum of 125 semester hours is required for graduation.  Students must fulfill all general education requirements and requirements for the nursing major.

All RN-BSN applicants (with a current R.N. Ohio license) will be considered for the reduced core.  Applicants qualifying for the reduced core will have 25 of the 60 transfer credit hours held in escrow and awarded after the student completes all 300-level nursing courses at Walsh University.  The lower division nursing credits awarded by the direct escrow credits will be counted toward the 60 hours of transfer credits.  In addition, all other support courses taken at another college or university will be considered for transfer credit.  Decisions on granting transfer credits are made by the registrar in consultation with the Dean of the Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing.   

Students matriculating for a Bachelor of Science degree through the School for Professional Studies will be held to the Gary and Linda Byers School of Nursing curriculum requirements.    

See degree requirements.