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Introducing the Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan
The Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan (SDAP) is a partnership between Starbucks and Arizona State University (ASU) that creates an opportunity for all eligible Starbucks partners in the UK to earn their bachelor's degree 100% online with ASU.
If you’re a current Starbucks partner who has been with us for 3 months in the UK, follow these steps to take advantage of SDAP.
Partners will need to meet the eligibility criteria. View criteria.
Use the request information form at the top of this page to receive further information from ASU about the program.
Apply to ASU
Your personal ASU enrollment coach will support you in completing your application.
Confirmation of your place
You will receive an email from Starbucks if you have been chosen from the draw for one of the 100 places.
Sign up for classes
Sign up for your classes through ASU Online.
Tuition fees paid
The Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan provides eligible partners with 100% fully funded tuition.
*subject to acceptance to program terms and conditions.
Your brief orientation, designed exclusively for partners, to get you ready for learning online.
Begin your classes for the term.
Browse the ASU bachelor’s programs being offered online in SDAP.
The online Bachelor of Applied Science in Applied Leadership degree shares coursework with the BA in organizational leadership but focuses on applied leadership skills rather than theoretical aspects of leadership. It uses transdisciplinary methods that prepare students to become leaders in a variety of organizations while developing students’ skills and knowledge.Request Information
The online Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry provides students with a course of study in the chemical processes of living organisms. This online program is appropriate preparation for further study of biochemistry or related sciences in graduate school and for medical, dental or pharmacy school.Request Information
The online Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences degree enables students to delve into the basic organization and processes of life (microbes, plants and animals) at scales ranging from molecules to ecosystems and in time from picoseconds to millennia.Request Information
The Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Business Administration provides a breadth of knowledge and skills needed for managing business operations. These skills include forecasting demand, planning inventory, purchasing services, conducting skillful negotiations, building strategies for the future and managing people, finances and risk.Request Information
ASU's Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Communication will prepare you to understand and shape message-related behaviors for the purpose of improving communicative interactions in the workplace.Request Information
The online Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Corporate Accounting is structured to prepare students for careers in management accounting. Career opportunities in this field are generally substantive and in high demand.Request Information
ASU's online Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Food Industry Management will prepare you for business careers in the processing, marketing and distribution of food beyond the farm to retail stores, restaurants and institutions.Request Information
Offered through ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business, the online BA in business with a concentration in Global Leadership will prepare you for related careers by developing strong global business skills and focusing on global studies courses from regions around the world.Request Information
Offered through the W. P. Carey School of Business, ASU’s BA in business with a concentration in global logistics management provides the needed skills to develop strategic business processes for logistics management and an understanding of their relationship to the global distribution of goods and services.Request Information
ASU's online Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Retail Management focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for leadership roles within the retail industry. Offered through The W. P. Carey School of Business, this degree provides the full business core plus a concentration with retail-specific coursework.Request Information
ASU’s online Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Sustainability will provide you with the skills to help create an improved social and environmental quality of life for future generations.Request Information
The Bachelor of Arts in Business with a concentration in Tourism is an innovative, interdisciplinary program intended to prepare students for positions in a variety of professions in which business and tourism play an important role in ensuring success.Request Information
The Bachelor of Science in Business Data Analytics prepares business students with the requisite knowledge, skills and experience to create and manage big data initiatives as well as associated business processes to facilitate large-scale business data analytics in organizations.Request Information
The Bachelor of Arts in Community Advocacy and Social Policy through the School of Social Work is designed to offer you the opportunity to explore issues of diversity, oppression, and privilege and to examine advocacy and intervention strategies to engage in social change.Request Information
You will find your future with Computer Information Systems is limitless. The online W. P. Carey degree in computer information systems delivers the tools you need to meet rising demand for experts in systems analysis, business applications programming, web and mobile development, business database design, and decision support across public, private, nonprofit, and government entities worldwide.Request Information
The online Bachelor of Science in Digital Audiences gives students the skills they need to use digital and social media to deepen impact in any industry, including strategy development, digital analytics, SEO and SEM campaigns, paid and organic social campaigns, audience research and more.Request Information
The online Bachelor of Science in Economics pairs a solid business curriculum with rigorous theoretical and empirical tools to study the decisions of individuals, firms and governments.Request Information
The ASU Online Bachelor of Science in Economics provides students with a set of rigorous theoretical and empirical tools to study the decisions of individuals, firms and governments. The economics curriculum can be paired with a customized set of electives to suit individual interest.Request Information
ASU's online Educational Studies program qualifies graduates for a variety of career paths working to educate individuals in nonprofit or government organizations, private educational or recreational settings, or as entrepreneurs in a variety of learning environments.Request Information
ASU recognizes that many students are not ready to choose a specific academic program of study when first entering the university. Allowing students to declare exploratory status permits them to begin meeting General Studies requirements as well as affords them some time to explore a variety of academic courses that may lead to a potential major interest.Request Information
Study global issues at one of the top universities in the nation. The Online Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Global Studies, is designed to link theory with global issues and action through policy.Request Information
The online Bachelor of Science in Graphic Information Technology provides students with a creative, technological, and managerial understanding of graphic information and content creation. The program lives at the intersections of creativity, visual design and technology, preparing students to create visual content for multi-channel distribution – print, web, photo, video, animation.Request Information
The online Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in organizational studies is designed for students seeking an interdisciplinary degree and a desire to learn about the dynamics of contemporary organizations.Request Information
ASU’s Bachelor of Applied Science in Internet and Web Development focuses on the development of web sites, including user experience design, usability, multimedia design, emerging Web technologies, and cross-media and cross-platform graphic applications. While the degree is entirely online, you will work with an adviser throughout your degree program to plan and schedule classes.Request Information
The Bachelor of Science in Marketing prepares students to steer organizations in the right direction, with fundamental marketing knowledge and skills in market analysis, decision-making and communication.Request Information
The Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and Media Studies at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, one of the nation's premier journalism schools, explores global mass communication issues from all dimensions: societal, cultural, historical, political, economic, technological and legal.Request Information
Arizona State University's online Bachelor of Science in Nutrition prepares students for careers in food production, service management, marketing and journalism around health and wellness topics.Request Information
The Bachelor of Applied Sciences with a concentration in operations management technology, offered online through ASU’s Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, will provide you with the tools needed for success as a manager, including organization, motivation and hiring skills, as well as resource development.Request Information
The Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership will prepare you for leadership positions in a wide range of organizations and career fields. You will develop skills that can be used to help organizations function successfully, including problem solving, effective communication, program assessment, resource management and how to use emerging technologies.Request Information
ASU's online BA in Political Science provides you with the skills and knowledge to lead within a democratic system of government and in the rapid globalization of political institutions. You will be trained to link theory with real world problems and ideas, and while learning from renowned faculty, you will benefit from a classic yet contemporary liberal arts education.Request Information
Offered through ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the online Bachelor of Science in Political Science is the study of how citizens interact with their governments and how governments at all levels formulate policies to serve their citizens.Request Information
Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in Public Service and Public Policy online degree with a concentration in emergency management and homeland security prepares you to tackle complex issues of both mitigation of and response to natural or man-made disasters.Request Information
The online Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering degree at Arizona State University emphasizes flexibility in the context of project-driven engineering education, blending engineering, computing, project leadership and software construction.Request Information
The online Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability at ASU will provide you with the skills to rethink and reinvent a world at risk and help create an improved quality of life for future generations.Request Information
The online Bachelor of Science in Sustainability at ASU will provide you with the skills to rethink and reinvent a world at risk and learn to create knowledge and solutions that will shape the quality of life for future generations.Request Information
The Bachelor of Science in Technological Entrepreneurship and Management, offered online at Arizona State University, delivers a foundation in technology-based innovation with an emphasis on leadership, entrepreneurship and management fundamentals, as well as a special focus on project leadership and process innovation and development.Request Information
Through Arizona State University's online Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication, you will learn how to produce, design and manage information, using both traditional and developing technologies. Technical communication is applied workplace communication that makes technical information understandable and available to many audiences.Request Information
ASU’s online Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies empowers you to challenge the conventions of gender and make a difference through academic research, critical knowledge, and a deep understanding in feminist theory and practice.Request Information
Starbucks and ASU believe that you deserve the opportunity to pursue your education. No matter your dream, no matter your goal, we are invested in you. Watch a short video featuring EMEA President Martin Brok introducing the Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan.
Arizona State University is in the top 1% of the world’s most prestigious universities.
ASU is a top producer of academics and student Fulbright scholars.
All students have a coach committed to guiding them through their journey.
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Working at Starbucks provides you the opportunity to earn your bachelor’s degree online.
Through the program I’ve been able to go back to school and progress in my school and career goals all while still being there and helping support my family. The advisors and Starbucks team at ASU are so helpful and understanding. With the program I’ve been able to help better myself, but also help others around me.”
- Sabrina B, barista, SCAP scholar
Starbucks has been partnering with ASU in the US since 2014. Starbucks spent considerable time looking for the right collaboration and ASU’s mission, values and brand are a good match to our own. Arizona State University is the only university that could stand side-by-side with Starbucks to offer a high-quality education, at scale, to all our U.S. partners. ASU is ranked the most innovative university in the country by U.S. News & World Report and ranks in the top 1% of the world’s most prestigious universities. Starbucks is proud to extend this collaboration to the UK and to join with an academic institution that recognizes the need to offer partners the opportunity to gain quality higher education.
Partners will need to meet the following eligibility criteria to apply for the Starbucks Degree Achievement plan:
If more than 100 eligible partners apply, Starbucks will allocate places via a syndicated draw.
The Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan offers 43 bachelor’s degrees delivered online by Arizona State University (ASU). To explore the bachelor’s degree programs offered online by ASU, visit the Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan website.
At ASU, the diploma and transcript you earn online are identical to those you earn on campus—they say, “Arizona State University.” Courses are taught by the same award-winning faculty but are re-designed especially for effective and rigorous online learning, with the traditional semester broken into two 7.5-week sessions so that students’ progress is assessed continuously. For more information about bachelor’s degree programs offered online by ASU, visit the Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan website.
Eligible partners may receive the SDAP tuition funding through the ASU SDAP Scholarship and Starbucks SDAP Tuition Award for up to 135 credits. The 135-credit maximum will not include credits transferred to ASU earned prior to being admitted to the program, regardless of when they are transferred.
We know that occasionally students will need to switch majors, or will fail, or withdraw from a class. Our priority is to keep you on track to graduation, and to give you the flexibility you need to finish your degree. As such, Starbucks will fund your tuition up to a maximum of 135 credits which is enough to account for you completing your degree as well as retaking or switching a handful of classes. If you do need to switch majors, or if you fail/ withdraw from a class, it’s important to work with your academic advisor and financial aid counselor to make a plan that funds you to degree completion.
You can expect to invest 18-24 hours per class per week on coursework in a seven-week session. It is recommended you maintain at least a part-time course load (15 credit hours and approximately 5 courses) every year you take part in this program to stay on track towards graduation. Every partner’s education journey is unique, and your enrollment coach can advise you on the time commitment you should expect to make for your course load.
There will be many people to help you along the way. A few of the key resources from starting an application to graduating are listed here:
Yes, Starbucks and ASU are covering 100% of mandatory university tuition fees for the courses and classes required to complete your degree.
Starbucks will only fund tuition fees under the Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan. Partners will be responsible for funding any other equipment, materials, or books required to support their degree.
Partners will not need to pay tax on the Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan.
Your enrollment coach will walk you through the entire process, outlined here:
Meet eligibility criteriaPartners must meet the following eligibility criteria:
Request informationGo to the Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan website and fill out the request information form at the top of the page to learn more about the program.
Apply to ASUYou must complete an application, supply required documentation such as prior transcripts, and meet ASU’s acceptance criteria. Your personal enrollment coach can walk you through each step along the way. If more than 100 eligible partners apply, Starbucks will allocate places via a syndicated draw.
Confirm your spotYou will receive a confirmation email from Starbucks confirming your place in the SDAP program.
Register for classesOnce Starbucks has confirmed your spot in the SDAP program, an academic advisor will help you choose classes and make an academic plan to carry you all the way to graduation.
Scholarship is appliedAfter you sign up for classes, Starbucks and ASU will cover 100% of your mandatory university tuition fees.
Get readyBefore classes start, complete ASU 10: Connect – ASU Orientation. This brief orientation to ASU and online learning that gives you the tools to succeed in achieving your academic goals.
Start classesNow you’re set up for success—it’s time to focus on the rigorous and rewarding classes you are taking with ASU’s award-winning faculty.
ASU has six start dates every year—two sessions in the fall semester, two in the spring semester and two in the summer semester. Partners who are in the SDAP program can initially enroll in classes starting fall of 2019. You should complete a brief online orientation before your first class starts. Your ASU enrollment coach can help you plan your application process and start dates.
ASU will accept transfer credit for traditional course work you have successfully completed at regionally accredited institutions of further and higher education as documented on an official transcript. The transferability of your credit will be determined at the time of admissions once ASU has received your official transcripts. Please keep in mind that the applicability of previous study toward an ASU degree program depends on the requirements of the department, division, college or school in which you are enrolled at ASU. You will work with an academic advisor to determine the applicability of your transferable credit once you are admitted to ASU.
Some A-levels and O-levels can transfer to ASU and replace other coursework, but it depends on when you completed the exam, what score you received, and what degree program you are applying to. For detailed information about how credit transfers to ASU, please visit transfer.asu.edu/credits.
Yes, your transcripts from other academic institutions are an important part of assessing your admissibility for studying at university. Obtaining transcripts from foreign institutions can present unique challenges; duplicated original transcripts are very hard to get in some countries, and records that are not in English will have to be submitted with certified translations. To help, ASU provides some flexible options for submitting transcripts from institutions outside the U. S. and your enrollment coach can help and support you along the way.
ASU needs the following information in order to make an admission decision: a complete ASU undergraduate application, transcripts from any previous educational institution (college and university), and in some instances, proof of your ability to speak English proficiently.
There are some sections of the SDAP application for ASU where you may have questions. Make sure you pay attention to the following information:
Some partners may need to demonstrate their English proficiency. You will be notified that you need to demonstrate English proficiency by a Priority Task on your My ASU page. ASU admissions accepts passing scores from three different assessments (click the links to find out more about fees, test centers, and dates):
Though partners are free to select any of the three tests above, Starbucks will fund 1 Pearson Test of English (PTE) for each partner who is required to prove their English proficiency. Your enrollment coach can provide more information. Partners wishing to take a TOEFL or IELTS test will be responsible for those costs.
It is the responsibility of the partner to register for and complete their chosen test as soon as possible. All tests have a paper-based element but tests are run frequently across different testing centers in the UK. Partners are responsible for arranging and paying for any travel to or from the test center. For more information about English Proficiency requirements and exemptions for undergraduate degree programs, go to https://admission.asu.edu/international/undergrad/english-proficiency.
Partners will need to meet the following eligibility criteria to apply for the Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan:
If more than 100 eligible partners apply, Starbucks will allocate places via a syndicated draw.
Unlike traditional employer education programs, with the Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan there is no commitment to remain employed with Starbucks after you complete your education. Once you have graduated you are encouraged to look for opportunities within Starbucks. We want to offer you the freedom and support to build your future, wherever you go.
In the instance where a partner has applied to an eligible SDAP program but is not accepted into ASU due to prior attainment levels, then there are other educational options that the partner can pursue, including apprenticeships where partners can work towards a qualification.
Eligible partners will be notified by Starbucks, in writing, to confirm whether or not they have secured a place within the SDAP program.
Both US and UK bachelor's degrees are highly respected globally and both countries have multiple top-ranked universities that attract award-winning faculty. Each degree is unique and beneficial in its own way.
As expected, however, there are several differences between a US and UK bachelor's degrees. One example is that in the UK most bachelor's degrees take 3 years to complete, while in the US most bachelor's degrees require 4 years. Another difference can be found in how the degree programs are designed. UK bachelor's degrees tend to be focused on a specific area of study, while US degrees incorporate course requirements across a wide range of subject areas. Although US institutions offer a variety of options for specialized study, US degrees also emphasize a foundation in general education, which focuses on critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, humanities, social science, and natural science. General education courses also promote awareness of cultural diversity, global issues, and historical context.
ASU is dedicated to academic excellence in order to help students develop as learners and scholars and to support students as they explore and identify career opportunities that suit their interests. Known as the New American University with a focus on expanding educational opportunity and solving global challenges through cutting-edge research, ASU is a comprehensive public research university that measures its performance in terms of knowledge generation, inclusivity and student success. To learn more about ASU, click here.
In the modern global world of business, a US degree will resonate and hold value to UK employers. A US bachelor’s degree is comparable to that of the UK. Credits towards or a full bachelor’s degree achieved in the US will equate to UCAS points providing entry points into further higher education routes in the UK. For example, a US bachelor’s degree would normally provide entry to undertake a master’s degree from a top UK higher educational establishment.
At the successful completion of your degree program requirements, ASU will grant your bachelor's degree. ASU recognizes this achievement by hosting graduation ceremonies. You do not have to attend in person to receive your diploma, but all ASU Online students are invited to participate in graduation in person. Diplomas are mailed approximately six to eight weeks after the degree has been granted. Your diploma will be issued from Arizona State University and will be indicated as such on your diploma.
Partners who already have a bachelor’s degree cannot use this program for further study at this time. The Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan is designed to help partners complete their first bachelor’s degree.
The SDAP is explicitly restricted to those 43 bachelor’s degree programs as advertised, no additional degree programs are offered outside of this, including any other degree programs which ASU may provide. New degree programs may be added to SDAP in the future and will be listed on the Starbucks Degree Achievement Plan website.
ASU instructors and faculty use a variety of methods to share materials, have students interact, and monitor student’s progress throughout the course. One of the benefits of completing your degree online is flexibility. A few courses may require specific log-on times for certain activities or assignments, but most courses have assignments and due dates. Some assignments and tests may only be available for a limited time (such as a 48-hour period), so they must be completed at some point within the designated time.
SDAP eligible partners will be enrolling in regular ASU courses through ASU online. In such courses you will have the opportunity to interact with students from around the world and with other partners from the US based SCAP program.
ASU Online courses are taught using the Canvas learning management system and include a variety of multimedia tools and resources. To ensure you can successfully access the multimedia tools in your courses, ASU Online recommends you use a standard PC or Mac desktop or laptop computer with a webcam, headset and microphone. Mobile devices such as a cell phone, Google Chromebook or tablet computer (Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy, Microsoft Surface) will not provide the access and functionality necessary for ASU Online courses and are not recommended. Courses are best viewed using a high-speed Internet connection and the browsers Firefox or Chrome, which can be downloaded for free online. Linux is not supported.
You will need to able to access the internet regularly, send and receive information, research, and communicate with others via email and word processing documents. Other course content may come in the form of online videos or virtual laboratories which will be explained in your courseware.
At a minimum, you need a computer that can access the Internet, preferably with a high-speed connection. You should have access to email, productivity software like Microsoft Office, and other applications needed to perform a variety of educational functions. ASU offers Microsoft 365 to currently enrolled students free of charge. If you get stuck, ASU has a 24/7 help desk that can answer questions and help resolve problems.
All time allocated to studying for your degree must be in your own time, partners will not receive any paid or contracted time off the job to study.