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Many of us live with a sense of unfinished business. We started college, but did not complete our bachelor’s degree we intended to, or we weren’t able to get the classes we needed to graduate in a reasonable amount of time. More and more, adults are returning to college to fulfill their desire to advance their careers.

The School of Professional Studies’ coursework and faculty comprised of experienced practitioners will help you develop the tools needed to succeed! In SPS you will earn a degree that has high academic standards interwoven with Biblical principles. You will share experiences with others in your cohort that time and again we hear are “life-changing” and “immensely rewarding.”

Overview of the SPS Program

Bachelor degrees require a minimum of 128 applicable semester units: 52 general education units, 26 elective units and 50 units in the major. Graduate programs are also offered.

  • Classes meet one evening a week, online or on periodic weekends
  • Earn a BS in as few as 19 months
  • Graduate programs are offered
  • Accelerated Courses (5 or 7 weeks in length)
  • Small class size
  • Cohort model (group stays together throughout the program)
  • Faculty comprised of experienced leaders in their industries
  • Dedicated staff eager to guide you through the process

Student Resources

  • Writing Center
  • Tutoring and Testing Accommodations
  • Counseling
  • Career Services
  • Full Library Services

About William Jessup University

William Jessup University began during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. Dr. Eugene Sanderson, who had already started three other colleges, saw the need for a Bible college in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. He purchased two large houses on adjacent lots in San Jose, California and built a chapel for a faculty and student body yet to come.

In January of 1939, Sanderson asked William L. Jessup to carry on the vision and start the College. Bill and his wife, Carrie, moved from Visalia to San Jose to open the College. On September 20, 1939, classes at William Jessup University, called San Jose Bible College at that time, began with fourteen students.

William Jessup University received accreditation in 2002 as San Jose Christian College. The name was changed to William Jessup University in 2003, and the campus was moved to Rocklin, California, in 2004. Since arriving in Rocklin in 2004, the 130 acre campus has become host to over 20 degree majors and over 50 programs. In 2014 we had close to 1400 people take classes at our campuses in Rocklin and San Jose (evening classes). The University has doubled in the past three years and we believe our best days are just ahead!