Professional Studies, B.S.

30 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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The online Professional Studies degree is a degree-completion program for working professionals who need a bachelor’s degree to complement their skill set and to propel them upward on the career ladder.

With a core of courses including six hours from the B.A. Program in Sociology: Concentration in Organizations, Occupations, and Work, the Professional Studies program includes workplace-focused skills of communications, management, and leadership along with technical skills in project management, human resource management, and information technology to prepare graduates for in-demand jobs. The capstone course allows students to apply what they have learned to an actual industry project.

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals. 

The bachelor’s degree can be completed in as little as three semesters if enrolled full-time. 

Graduates of the program will learn critical skills for positions in the field of Professional Studies. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Managers in public and private sectors • Sales positions in a range of fields • Human resource specialists and project managers



Application Deadlines for New Students: 

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

Application Deadlines for Returning Students: 

  • August 2 (fall)
  • December 9 (spring)
  • May 7 (first half summer)
  • June 15 (second half summer)

Admissions & Requirements: 

Prospective students interested in the Professional Studies degree should have at least 75 transferable credit hours. This requirement may be met with (1) transferable associate degree and additional college coursework to meet 75 credit hours (2) 75 college credits that fulfill the UNC Charlotte general education requirements. 

Prospective students with 75 or more hours of transferable college credit who have not earned the associate degree should contact to speak with an advisor before applying. Applicants should have an overall 2.0 grade point average. 


The application opens August 1, 2022

Classes start January 2023

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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.
  • Application fee must be paid for your application to be processed.

Next Steps:

  1. Complete the Request for Information so that we can contact you when the application opens
  2. If you have not earned an associate degree in North Carolina, you can request an unofficial evalutation of your transcripts. Email to speak with an advisor before applying. 
  3. Find out how your courses will transfer by checking the Transfer Credit Advisor. (This is not an exhaustive list. Transfer courses must have a grade of C or higher.)
  4. Request your transcripts. Official transcripts can be sent to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions: 9201 University City Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28223
  5. Think about your technology. Do you need to upgrade a laptop or desktop computer to be successful in your online program? 

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)
  • Information Technology (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 

  • $777.98 per credit hour
  • $23,340.00 est. program cost