Bridgewater State University's College of Continuing Studies offers a wide variety of professional development and noncredit opportunities to the region. These programs provide individuals with the opportunity to learn a new skill, gain specialized training or pursue a special interest. Click on one of the tabs below to explore all our offerings.
Bridgewater State University also offers an affordable SAT Preparation course in Bridgewater and Attleboro. The popular course is offered during the fall, spring and summer.
A note about non-credit classes: Non-credit courses are taught by professionals within their areas of expertise. ed2go and MindEdge market their courses and programs nationally through partnerships with colleges and universities. BSU offers these courses for professional development as a community service. The non-credit courses listed here are not included in any degree program of Bridgewater State University, nor can they be considered as a pre-requisite for any degree program.
BSU Cape Cod offers an array of professional development and non-credit course at the BSU Cape Cod campus in South Yarmouth, MA. Visit the BSU Cape Cod site for a full list of courses and course details.
- Professional Development Program
- Non-credit Workshops
- SAT Prep
- Legal Studies
- Social Work Professional Development
- Lyceum Speakers Bureau
- MTEL Preparation courses
Commercial Lending Management Development Program
Learn how to analyze personal and commercial financial statements within the context of commercial lending in this eight-month, comprehensive Commercial Lending program. The course content focuses on providing participants with the ability to enhance their leadership and sales and communication skills to improve their effectiveness within their organization. Utilizing the Case Study Method, participants will apply the concepts and tools of credit analysis to commercial lending decisions for financial institutions.
For information, contact Darlene Marks, College of Continuing Studies, at email@example.com or 508-531-2711.
MindEdge Professional Development Programs and Certification (Online)
MindEdge Online courses and certificate programs are designed to help you improve your professional knowledge and skills to take the next steps in your career. Agile, Nonprofit Management, Project Management, Six Sigma & Lean and Sustainable Management programs are available. Students can earn CEU's, CFRE credits, and PDU's. All MindEdge Online courses are developed by business school professors, industry professionals, and subject matter experts. Courses are available 24 hours a day from any device with an internet connection. We combine interactive exercises, mini-cases, video, and focused reading to ensure that our courses are not only engaging, but that you really learn.
ed2go Professional Development and Enrichment courses and programs (online only)
ed2go Online Professional Development courses are convenient, affordable, fun, easy to use, and lead by an expert instructor. New sessions start monthly and are in six week formats.
- Comprehensive online course in a convenient six-week format
- Expert instructors lead each course
- Engaging student discussion areas
- New sessions starting monthly
- Certificate of Completion awarded with passing score
ed2go Online Career Training Programs
Online Career Training Programs are designed by a team of experts from their respective field. They work to provide students with a highly effective web-based learning experience.
- Learn in-demand skills recognized by employers
- Most programs prepare students for a national certification
- Start anytime, anywhere - work at your own pace
- Textbooks and learning materials are included
- Expert instructor assistance provided
- Loans available
To further your training or personal enrichment through non-credit online course offerings, visit ed2go. If you have questions about these programs, contact the College of Continuing Studies at 508-531-2711.
Professional Training/Non-credit programs & workshops on Cape Cod
BSU Cape Cod, located in South Yarmouth, offers numerous non-credit professional certificate programs and workshops year-round. Programs are designed for business, non-profit organizations and in the social science area.
Bridgewater State Drone Training
Join the ranks of professionally trained drone pilots through our unique partnership with UAV Coach.
SAT Preparation in Bridgewater & Attleboro
Learn test-taking skills and strategies from a professional instructor through a four-week, intensive course aimed at giving you an edge on the SAT. You will receive a book to help you prepare for the SATs as well as study tips, tutoring and individual attention from your instructor.
Registration is open for all SAT Prep sessions.
Fall Session starts October 7
Fall Session Two starts October 21
Click on each course for course details including course description, price and registration information. All courses are offered in an online format through the Center for Legal Studies.
Learn about the BSU School of Social Work's many professional development opportunities.
Lyceum Speakers Bureau
All events are free and open to the public.
All events take place in Burnell Hall, room 132A.
All events are approximately one hour long with ample time for questions and answers. Venue is handicap accessible and on the first floor with direct access from the parking lot. Parking is in the Burnell Lot (a link to the map is located on the bottom of this page) adjacent to the Moakley Center. RSVP is not required. For more information or for questions, please call Darlene Marks, Associate Director, College of Continuing Studies at (508) 531-2711 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Economics of Climate
Change September 28, 2 – 4 pm
Madhavi Venkatesan, PhD
This lecture will highlight the significance of culture with respect to the human relationship with the environment. The discussion will focus on the assumptions of human behavior presently taught and embedded with the economic system and how static nature of these assumptions have contributed to climate change as well as how conscious and responsible consumer, investor and enfranchisement behavior can contribute to the promotion of sustainability. The attendee will gain an appreciation of how we each contribute to the economic outcomes that we collectively face and the significance of the power of coalesced demand in promoting change.
Madhavi Venkatesan earned a PhD, MA, and BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, and a Masters In Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. A recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship (Philippines), she has written three textbooks and contributed to numerous books and journal articles on the subject of sustainability and economics. Her present academic interests include the integration of sustainability into the economics curriculum.
Staying Healthy in a Risky Environment
October 26, 2 – 4 pm
Lydia Burak, PhD
This lecture will examine the human activities that contribute most to the degradation of the environment, which in turn negatively impacts human health. Then, we'll look at priority actions that we all can take to help the environment and our own health.
Lydia Burak is a professor of public health, health promotion and health education and has been teaching at Bridgewater State University for more than 20 years. Prior to entering academia, she spent more than 20 years, including 10 years in African countries, as a practitioner in the fields of domestic and international community/public health and community development. Research interests are broad based, and research publications have appeared in a variety of health, education, psychology, policy, and women’s health journals.
Issues, Political Opinions, Political Decisions: America in 2018
November 16, 2 – 4 pm
Michael Kryzanek, PhD
This lecture will build on our speaker’s recently published book with his daughter, The 25 Issues That Shape American Politics. Discussion includes a number of the key issues that will be at the center of politics during the fall mid-term elections and certainly in the coming years. Issues such as immigration, guns, climate change, income inequality, race relations, taxation and defense spending will be addressed.
Michael Kryzanek is Professor Emeritus of Political Science and currently Special Adviser to the President of Bridgewater State University. This summer Dr. Kryzanek’s primary responsibility was Academic Director of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative that brought 25 Fellows to the BSU campus in June and July for an institute on public management. Dr. Kryzanek is formerly the Executive Director of the Minnock Center for International Engagement at Bridgewater State. He is the author of eight books on US foreign policy, American government and comparative politics with emphasis on Latin America. He is quoted regularly by local and regional newspapers on issues related to international affairs and American politics. Dr. Kryzanek is the board chair of Fr. Bill’s and Mainspring, the largest homeless organization on the South Shore. He lives in Whitman with his wife Carol. They have three daughters and four grandchildren.
Bridgewater State University offers a variety of MTEL Prep courses throughout the year. Our MTEL Prep page features a list of MTEL Prep workshops and enrollment information