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Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies

Welcome to the Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies (OWLS)


If you have experience in the workforce, you may be able to get credit toward your bachelor’s degree.

The Department of Occupational, Workforce, and Leadership Studies at Texas State University prepares nontraditional students for careers through high-quality academic, professional, and technical programs. Our programs grant college credit for experiential learning such as work/life experience; credit for non-collegiate instruction; and credit by exam.

We offer one undergraduate degree — the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences and two graduate degrees — the Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (MSIS) and the Master of Education with a Major in Management of Technical Education (MEd).

Here are some of the reasons this may be the right program for you:

  • We offer courses at convenient times and locations for the working adult.
  • By using past courses and work/life credit, you may be able to complete your entire degree in San Marcos or at the Round Rock campus.
  • You can individualize your degree. Faculty advisors work with you in analyzing your strengths and weaknesses, and planning your future career goals.

We invite you to explore our Web site, and we encourage you to meet with one of our advisors to learn more. Call 512.245.2115512.245.2115 (San Marcos), 512.716.4541512.716.4541 (Round Rock),  or e-mail owls@txstate.edu.

Degree advice is also available from the College of Applied Arts Advising Center.

Please note that Admissions is responsible for the notification of the student as to enrollment and OWLS does not control University deadlines nor can OWLS intercede in regard to deadlines.


Meet our faculty and learn about their views on the program!

Visiting Scholar

Two BAAS graduates are mentioned in the Spring Hillviews publication.

Michael A. Guzman ’09 of San Antonio, has recently been promoted to the position of assistand fire chief of the Fire Prevention Division of the Jount Base San Antonio Emergency Services.

Ezzard Castillo ’07 of San Antonio, has become the headmaster of River City Christian School, a private Christian school.