Master of Professional Studies


The Master of Professional Studies (M.Pr.S.) degree is a fully accredited interdisciplinary professional program with workforce development and personal development at the core of its mission.  The degree program, which can be completed online, will provide working adults an opportunity to pursue their graduate education and to further develop their professional and organizational leadership expertise with minimal disruption to their family and current job obligations.


In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate studies (see General Regulations and Procedures), admission to the Master of Professional Studies degree program also requires the following:

  1. The applicant must possess a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an institution accredited by one of the six U.S. regional accrediting associations, by one of the agencies recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education, or by an appropriate governmental agency in the country in which the institution is located.
  2. The applicant must have a graduating cumulative GPA of at least 2.70 on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study. As this degree program aims to enhance skill sets related to the professional work environment, applicants who do not meet the cumulative GPA standard but who demonstrate a minimum of three years of successful full-time work experience in a professional field may considered for conditional admission. Conditionally admitted students will take no more than nine graduate level credits their first semester and must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the first completed nine hours of graduate coursework in the M.Pr.S. degree program. Conditionally admitted students must resolve outstanding admission obligations before registering for subsequent semesters.
  3. The applicant will submit a personal statement addressing the reasons for applying, the choice of specialization, and how this degree program will affect his/her future career plans. To verify three years of professional work experience, conditionally admitted students must also have a job verification form submitted by current or former employers. Employment verification must be received before a student enrolls in a graduate course.
  4. M.Pr.S. applicants, as part of the online application process, will provide email addresses for three professional references

Transfer Admission

In addition to the general requirements for Transfer Admission to Graduate Studies (see General Regulations and Procedures), up to 12 semester hours of graduate credit by transfer will be accepted with the approval of the Director and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies. Exceptions must be approved by the Director and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.


Upon admission to the program, students will be assigned to an academic advisor in the Department of Interdisciplinary and Professional Studies. The advisor, in consultation with the student, will plan the student’s program of study and provide continued supervision and guidance. All M.Pr.S. students are required to develop a program of study in consultation with their academic advisor prior to completing 12 hours of graduate credit applied to their degree program.

Degree Requirements

The M.Pr.S. is a 33 semester hour program built around a core of 18 semester hours of professional skill-building courses and an area of specialization comprised of 12 semester hours. This option includes a three credit hour capstone experience within the area of specialization. Students may elect a 36 semester hour program by pursuing a thesis option. Existing specializations include: community development; higher education administration; information technology; and security and safety leadership.

Core Courses of Study
Core Courses of Study18
Area of Specialization
Area of Specialization12
Thesis or Non-Thesis
Select one from the following:3-6
Total Hours33

Non-Thesis Option

PRS 695Capstone/Thesis (related to their area of specialization)3
Total Hours3

Thesis Option and Defense1

PRS 695Capstone/Thesis3-6