Professional Studies, B.S.

Professional Studies, B.S.
30 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Get the Skills Needed to Succeed in Today's Workplace

The UNC Charlotte B.S. in Professional Studies is a 100% online degree-completion program designed to help working professionals advance their careers. The program offers a flexible curriculum that can be completed in as little as three semesters and prepares you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in today's competitive workplace.

What Sets This Program Apart?

  • UNC Charlotte is ranked #4 in the nation (#1 in North Carolina) by U.S. News & World Report for best online bachelor's degree programs.
  • Generous transfer policy enables students to complete program in as little as 12 months.
  • Program includes interdisciplinary courses with in-demand workplace skills such as project management, leadership and human resources.

More About This Program

The online Professional Studies degree is a degree-completion program designed to maximize prior college credits and move your career goals within reach. You will benefit from interdisciplinary knowledge that prepares you for the 21st century workplace.

The program’s core includes courses in organizational sociology, workplace-focused skills of communications, management, and leadership along with technical skills in project management, and human resource management. The capstone course allows you to apply what you have learned to an actual industry project.

  • Program admits in fall, spring and summer.
  • Eligible applications can transfer in up to 90 credit hours allowing completion of the bachelor's degree in as little as three full-time semesters.
  • The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals.


Application Deadlines for New Students: 

  • July 1 (fall) 
  • November 15 (spring)
  • May 1 (first half summer term)

Application Deadlines for Returning Students: 

  • August 2 (fall)
  • December 9 (spring)
  • May 7 (first half summer)

Admissions & Requirements: 

Prospective students for the Professional Studies degree should preferably have 75 eligible credit hours with a transferable associate degree or at least 60 eligible credit hours that fulfill the UNC Charlotte general education requirements. 

Applicants should have an overall 2.0 grade point average. 


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  • Prospective students with an approved NC community college associate degree can apply directly to the online program through the transfer student portal.
  • Provide all post-secondary transcripts.
  • Submit the application fee.

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How will your courses transfer to UNC Charlotte?

  • Transferable courses must be college-level and have a grade of C or higher.
  • Please utilize the Transfer Credit Advisor for a list of courses that have previously transferred from your institution.
  • Course equivalency lists are not exhaustive for any school except North Carolina community colleges.

Six required hours in Sociology:

  • SOCY 2115: Introduction to Organizations (3) (required)
  • SOCY 4111: Social Inequality (3)
  • SOCY 4112: Sociology of Work (3)
  • SOCY 4114: Professionalism in Sociology (3)
  • SOCY 4115: Organizational Sociology (3)

Six required hours from the following PROS courses:

  • PROS 3000: Topics in Professional Studies (1) 
  • PROS 3101: Project Management: Foundations (1) 
  • PROS 3102: Project Management: Practitioner  (1) 
  • PROS 3103: Project Management: Specialist  (1) 
  • PROS 3201: Leadership Essentials: Foundations (1) 
  • PROS 3202: Leadership Essentials: Practitioner (1) 
  • PROS 3203: Leadership Essentials: Specialist (1) 
  • PROS 3301: Human Resource Management: Foundations (1) 
  • PROS 3302: Human Resource Management: Practitioner (1) 
  • PROS 3303: Human Resource Management: Specialist (1)
  • PROS 4600: Professional Studies Capstone (3) (required)

Area Courses or optional Minor will complete 18 credit hours:

  • Political Science and Public Administration (9 credit hours)
  • Communication Studies (9 credit hours)
  • A minor of 18 credit hours may be substituted for the two areas

A student will complete 30 credit hours in the Professional Studies major. An advisor will assist with selection of additional electives needed to complete the 120 hours required to graduate.

*SOCY 1101: Introduction to Sociology is a prerequisite course. Prospective students without credit for Introduction to Sociology can include SOCY 1101 as part of their UNC Charlotte plan of study or may opt to complete the credit before enrolling; two options for completing the requirement before enrolling would be to take SOC 210 (Introduction to Sociology) online at a NC Community College or complete the Sociology, Introductory CLEP exam.


*Rates are subject to change* 

Resident Tuition

  • $189.48 per credit hour
  • $5,684.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $348.32 per credit hour
  • $10,450.00 est. program cost

Non Resident Tuition 

  • $800.40 per credit hour
  • $24,012.00 est. program cost