Discover DAUS: the Division of Applied Undergraduate Study at SPS

In DAUS at NYU’s School of Professional Studies, students can study when and how it suits them best.

Students talk in the lounge of the School of Professional Studies

In a world that seems to move faster and faster every day, some students don’t have the time to commit to a traditional four-year college education. For those students, DAUS is the answer. The Division of Applied Undergraduate Study is part of NYU’s School of Professional Studies (SPS).DAUS provides undergraduate pathways for “post-traditional” students. Defined as students who may have delayed pursuing their associate’s degree or who started a bachelor’s degree, but never finished.

The Benefit of Flexible Scheduling in DAUS

The most important benefit of DAUS, according to Billie Gastic Rosado, associate dean and clinical associate professor at DAUS, is its flexible scheduling. “DAUS is special because it enables transfer, part-time, adult, and other post-traditional students to pursue a degree at NYU in a way that fits their needs,” she says. “Across higher education, there are an increasing number of students who need programs that are more flexible. At DAUS, students don’t have to choose between work, family, or other important aspects of their lives. In fact, our classes are enriched because students are so well rounded and engaged in different things.”

DAUS Student Story's

One Student Who Has Benefitted From the Program’s Flexibility is Lisa Hawthorne Smith

Lisa came to SPS with an associate’s degree. She is studying for a BS degree in Organizational Behavior and Development, part of the Human Capital Management Professional Pathways program. Lisa has young children and works about 55 hours a week in the human resources department at WW (formerly Weight Watchers). “I am an executive assistant now, but I want to move up,” she says. “Taking these classes at night after working all day is hard, but what I’m learning in school I’m applying in real time. I think that SPS is an amazing program for someone like me.”

Shakia Rose, Who is Pursuing a BA in Social Sciences, is Another Student Who Has Taken Advantage of the DAUS Program’s Flexible Schedule

Shakia works 84 hours a week and travels frequently for her job. She works as content management and data collection lead for NATO’s intelligence directorate in Afghanistan and as the liaison for the military’s intelligence data entry team in Fort Gordon, Georgia. “Traveling through a war zone while taking three courses is overwhelming,” she says, “but SPS has made my experience returning to school an unforgettable journey. When I first started working in Afghanistan, I attempted school at another university. Their online services were not as swift and mobile as NYU’s. The internet in a third world country can prove difficult at times. Luckily, NYU’s help desk support has been more than efficient. Outside of traveling within Afghanistan, I have also been able to meet class requirements in the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, Maldives, Germany, and India. Without the sophistication of SPS’s online learning environment, I don’t know if I would have had as much success.”

Students in a disucssion an SPS meeting space
Students movign about in the SPS lounge and staircase
The lobby of SPS at 7 E 12th St

Earn Credit for Life Experience at DAUS

Another important element of DAUS, says Dean Gastic, is that the students enrolled in the program can earn academic credit for prior knowledge they’ve acquired. “Working with the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, students submit portfolios for credit review and speed up their timeline to a degree. Which reduces their overall cost of attendance. Our associate’s degree gives students with no previous or minimal college experience the chance to begin their educational journey at NYU. While students who have earned an associate’s degree or have at least 45 transferable college credits can enroll in DAUS and complete their bachelor’s degree.”

DAUS Degrees

Associate’s Degrees:

  • Liberal Arts
  • Business 
  • Health Administration
  • Information Systems Management

Bachelor of Science Degrees:

  • Applied Data Analytics and Visualization
  • Digital Communications and Media
  • Healthcare Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • Leadership and Management Studies
  • Marketing Analytics
  • Real Estate

Bachelor of Arts Degrees:

  • Applied General Studies
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences

DAUS Internships

Approximately 700 Students are Presently in DAUS, Which Offers 198 Undergraduate Courses in All

The division’s BS in Leadership and Management Studies program and the BA in the Social Sciences program have the highest enrollment. Internship placements are available through the Wasserman Center for Career Development at SPS.

DAUS students recently landed internships at:

  • Bank of America
  • NBC Universal Media
  • CNN
  • Goldman Sach
  • United Nations