Master of Professional Studies Degree

A Closer Look at the MPS Degree

If your educational plans require customization, efficient use of graduate transfer credit, on-line access and interaction with qualified faculty, this degree program is designed for you.

UNA's Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree program is designed to meet the educational and career-oriented objectives of today's working professionals.  The MPS degree appeals to students interested in the areas of community development, security and safety leadership, or information technology who want to customize their area studies while enhancing their knowledge base specific to work within formal organizations.  Click on the link on the left side of this page to learn more about the specialization areas.


Quick Questions?

What are Admission Requirements?
How do I transfer existing graduate credits?
What are tuition costs (in-state or out-of-state)?
Is financial assistance available?
How much time will it take to graduate?
How many weeks does it take to complete a course?
Do I need to take the GRE or MAT?
When are the application deadlines?
Do you want to talk to our staff?

 

What are Admission Requirements?

  • Earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited school.
  • Graduating cumulative GPA of 2.5 minimum or 3.0 in last 60 hrs. of undergraduate study.
  • Submission of the ETS® Personal Potential Index (PPI). This is a reference-based evaluation system. A link to the ETS® PPI website is on the right of this page.
  • Submission of the student's personal statement describing their reasons for applying, the choice of concentration, and how this degree program will affect their future career plans.
  • Students may be admitted conditionally with minimum of three years of successful full-time work experience in a professional field.  (go to top of page)

How do I transfer existing graduate credits?

  • Applicants should contact their prior graduate program and have that school send official transcripts to the UNA Office of Admissions.  Please remember that transcripts from all prior undergraduate and graduate institutions must be requested and sent to the UNA Office of Admissions.
  • A link to the Transcript Request form is one the right of this page.
  • Students may transfer into the MPS program up to 12 credit hours of graduate credit (grade of B or higher) with approval of the MPS Program Director.  (go to top of page)

What are tuition costs?

  • First, resident tuition/in-state tuition applies to ALL MPS students who take 100% of their coursework on-line.
  • As of June 10th, UNA Graduate tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year was set at $276 per credit hour plus a distance learning fee of $60 per course.*
  • Tuition for graduate courses taken through the UNA College of Business online MBA program are $1035 per course plus a distance learning fee of $60 per course. *(go to top of page)

                *All expenses and fees are subject to change

Is financial assistance available?

  • MPS students may be considered for student loans, student employment, assistantships, and scholarships. 
  • Graduate students are not eligible for Pell Grants. 
  • Students may apply for Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans only by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  It is recommended to complete the FAFSA application at least 8 weeks prior to the beginning of the term which you plan to enroll.
  • Those who have served in the military may apply the GI bill toward the MPS degree.  For additional information about GI benefits and eligibility, it is recommended that you contact the VA directly at  1-888-442-4551.  (go to top of page)

How much time will it take to graduate?

  • The MPS degree is a 33-36 credit hour program (the non-thesis or capstone project option is a 33 credit hours program).
  • Time to completion depends on whether the student attends full-time (taking a 3+ courses a semester), part-time (taking less than 3 courses) and whether take summer courses (generally 1 or 2 courses over 8 weeks).
  • A year and a half to two years is a practical timeline.  (go to top of page)

How many weeks does it take to complete a course?

  • Student learning involves time to learn and apply knowledge.  UNA courses are organized around the traditional 15 week academic semester.  (go to top of page)

Do I need to take the GRE or MAT?

  • No.  Undergraduate and work-related success are capable predictors of graduate school performance.
  • MPS applicants will take the ETS® Personal Potential Index (PPI).  This is a reference-based evaluation system.  A link to the ETS® PPI website is on the right of this page.  (go to top of page)

Application deadlines?

  • To begin coursework for the Fall 2013 semester, application materials should be submitted before August 2, 2013.
  • A complete application consists of the application for admission to the Graduate School, a written personal statement, official transcripts and PPI scores.  (go to top of page)

Do you want to talk to our staff?

  • The decision to commit to graduate studies is an important one.  Please call 1-800-TALK-UNA ext.5003 or 5006 during regular business hours or e-mail us (see links on left to contact Ms. Hillary Coats or Dr. Craig Robertson).  (go to top of page)
Updated 6/3/2013  CTR