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

Quick Questions?

  • Earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited school.
  • Overall undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.7 minimum or 3.0 in last 60 hrs. of undergraduate study.
  • Submission of three letters of recommendation from contacts knowledgeable of the applicant's professional work and suitability for graduate study.
  • 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.  The Job Verification Form must be completed and submitted in such cases.
  • 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 directly 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 M.Pr.S program up to 12 credit hours of graduate credit (grade of B or higher) with approval of the M.Pr.S Program Director.
  • M.Pr.S 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 M.Pr.S degree.  For additional information about GI benefits and eligibility, it is recommended that you contact the VA directly at  1-888-442-4551.
  • The M.Pr.S 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.
  • UNA courses are organized around the traditional 15 week academic semester.
  • No.  Undergraduate and work-related success are capable predictors of graduate school performance.
  • UNA is flexible when it comes to accepting and processing applications.  Naturally, we encourage prospective students to apply for admission as early as possible.  We are committed to reviewing applications efficiently and providing our prospective students with equally efficient feedback.
  • A complete application consists of the application for admission to the Graduate School, a written letter of intent (in the letter of intent we encourage our applicants to clearly state their academic and professional goals as well as courses they want to take and/or skills they want to advance), official transcripts sent from all undergraduate institutions attended, and 3 recommendation forms submitted by professional references.
  • 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 Mrs. Heather Stancil or Dr. Craig Robertson).
Updated HDS - 8/30/2019