Degree Completion Programs
USC Upstate Greenville Campus supports the following undergraduate day and evening programs:
The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration gives students a basic foundation in marketing, management, information systems, accounting (the language of business), economics, operations management, business law, finance and business strategy. To meet the needs of a diverse student population, we currently offer courses online, hybrid (a combination of online and on campus) and traditional evening classes.
Quality across the curriculum is a priority. To ensure that the highest standards are consistently met, the Johnson College of Business completed the rigorous process of earning accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Less than five percent of the world’s business programs have earned this prestigious seal of approval. Earning a business degree from USC Upstate will allow students to rightfully claim to be a graduate of an internationally recognized program.
In the business program, we also focus on students mastering the “soft skills” so essential to long-term career success. These skills include writing and presentation skills, networking, team building and leadership skills. Our professionalism program helps students obtain business “social skills” and includes our “protocol dinner” that enables students to feel comfortable in any business dining situation. Our focus is on student success and we do all we can to make sure every student succeeds in their coursework and in their careers.
Sarah Butler is the adviser for this program.
USC Upstate Greenville Campus offers degree completion programs in early childhood education, elementary education, and middle level education as well as non-degree options for completing coursework required for secondary education (grades 9-12) certification in the areas of English, Spanish, mathematics, science or social studies. Although the curriculum and requirements of each program differ, the philosophy of each is common — to prepare effective educational practitioners to be innovators and leaders of education in the Upstate of South Carolina and in the United States. USC Upstate education students lead efforts to invigorate schools, promote business and school partnerships, and ensure a quality education for all P-12 students.
Dr. Marilyn Izzard is the adviser for this program.
The Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology Management (ETM) is designed for engineering technology associate’s degree holders who wish to earn a bachelor’s degree. Students enroll in the program if they possess or are near completion of an associate degree in engineering technology. The program is ideal for technicians who desire the management skills necessary to be an effective interface between technicians and upper managers. It uses a comprehensive blend of management, business, economics and communications courses to build a layer of management knowledge and skills on students’ technical foundation. ETM courses include cost analysis, work analysis, systems decision making, quality practices and project management. Industry projects integrated with traditional coursework enable students to apply theory in realistic management situations. The ETM degree will open doors for advancement and give students the ability and confidence to step through those doors. Visit Engineering Technology Management for more information or contact Tim Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org to design a customized course plan for full-time or part-time students.
The Bachelor of Arts in Information Management and Systems (IM&S) degree positions graduates at the forefront of information creation, acquisition, access, analysis, dissemination and management. Nearly every department in every company or organization has information technology and information management needs. IM&S graduates learn skills suiting them for a choice between more technically-oriented jobs or more people-oriented jobs. IM&S is a multidisciplinary information technology degree integrating an understanding of computer, networking and database technology, information technology, information processing practices, information resource administration and the ability to relate technical systems and social/cultural structures (informatics). Courses emphasize basic quantitative and qualitative techniques, business functions, project management, effective communications skills and proactive team interactions. Concentration areas allow student to focus on the application of technology in one of three fields: business, mass media and public relations, and health information management; or in a minor of the student’s choosing. There is no better degree allowing students to customize their program of study for a targeted career choice. IM&S graduates are highly valued in the job market, flexible and portable among dozens of roles and job titles in an enterprise.
The IM&S program is ideal for working professionals because it can be completed without ever having to attend classes on the Spartanburg campus (although attending day and evening classes in Spartanburg is an option for students). Students will complete a combination of live courses taught in Greenville, online courses taught via the Internet, and transfer courses taught at Greenville Technical College or another institution.
The Master of Science in Informatics consists of 30 credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree including a minimum of eight required courses (24 credit hours) and six credit hours of thesis or independent study. Two tracks of study are available to students: Health Information Management (HIM) and Information Resource Management (IRM). As an academic discipline, informatics involves the study of information and the application of information technology to the acquisition, processing, management and utilization of information. We also study how information technology has changed, and is changing, society, culture, and the workplace. Courses are entirely online or hybrid (requiring a few live meetings). This program is designed for the adult learner and working professional. Students may attend live and teleconference class meetings in Greenville or Spartanburg or by other special arrangement (for students not in the Upstate South Carolina area). The MS in Informatics is important for your career because employers are looking for portable and flexible professionals with technology-intensive graduate education to hire and promote into middle and upper management positions.
Interdisciplinary Studies provides students the opportunity to broaden their education by developing, in consultation with an advisor, a multi-disciplinary or individualized program of study to meet their educational and career goals. The IDS program allows students to combine course work in two or more disciplines based on personal interest, the desire for self-improvement, career advancement, or preparation for further study. Students with a variety of course work but not enough credits for a traditional degree may find that the IDS program allows them to use much of their earlier course work. The IDS major is available to students at all levels of their academic careers—from the beginning freshman to the returning student who previously earned credits toward a particular major but has developed a new academic focus.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree equips students to enter the field of professional nursing by emphasizing a strong clinical background, a comprehensive knowledge of theory and development in communication skills and compassion. The program offers two tracks of study.
Bachelor of Science in Nursing :This professional program prepares graduates to assume entry-level positions in a variety of health care settings. The program is divided into two components, entry as a pre-nursing major focused on meeting course pre-requisites and entry as a nursing major focused on the clinical and didactic portions of the nursing curriculum. Required pre-nursing courses provide a broad background in general education and form the foundation for the professional nursing component of the program. Courses taken in the last two years of the program provide the theoretical and practical basis for nursing practice in an increasingly complex health care system. In addition to focusing on the essentials of nursing in the hospital, the curriculum also emphasizes community based and primary care. Opportunities to provide care to diverse clients are provided. Use of technology is integrated throughout the program. The program prepares graduates for professional positions immediately after graduation and provides a firm foundation for graduate study. Students who earn the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN).
RN-BSN :Registered nurses who have previously earned diplomas or associate degrees in nursing are admitted to the undergraduate program to meet requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Students are able to complete all degree requirements on a full time basis in one calendar year of study. The School awards 35 semester hours of validated nursing credit to each registered nurse for past nursing courses.
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): A Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is available. The focus will be the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) track to prepare the expert clinician at the point of care. This program is designed for registered nurses who possess the BSN. More information to follow.