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Professional Studies, B.S.

The multi/interdisciplinary major in Professional Studies is intentionally designed to allow transfer and returning students to build on past educational and professional experiences and work with faculty and professional staff to grow knowledge and skills needed to secure employment in a desired field.  Students complete a plan of study that includes a core of applied professional skills, an exploration of human social relationships and institutions, two concentrations, and culminates in a capstone project.

Admission Requirements


The Professional Studies degree is available to transfer students and returning degree-seeking UNC Charlotte undergraduate students who have not enrolled in the last 12 months.

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’s degree and additional college coursework to meet 75 credit hours (2) 75 college credits that fulfill the UNC Charlotte general education requirements. Students who apply as transfer students without the approved Associate of Arts (AA), Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) degree from a North Carolina community college that results in General Education exemption at UNC Charlotte will have their prior coursework evaluated upon application and may qualify for admission directly to the Professional Studies degree. Prospective and newly admitted students will consult with the Office of Adult Students and Evening Services (OASES) for advising. Students who have the 75 transferable credit hours but do not otherwise meet the criteria for admission directly to the Professional Studies major can be admitted to UNC Charlotte as an undecided major where they will work with an OASES advisor to secure admission to the Professional Studies program. All 49er Finish Program students are advised by OASES staff.

In addition to the online application and required fee, official transcripts from every college attended, and an official high school transcript, the following requirements apply:  

  • Applicants must present an overall 2.0 grade point average according to calculations performed by the Undergraduate Admissions office.
  • Internationally‐educated students must have their foreign credentials translated and evaluated by an accredited credential evaluation service. Transfer applicants must have a “course by course report” completed by the service, and they must present the equivalent of a high school diploma in addition to college‐transferable coursework.  
  • Applicants must be in good standing and eligible to return to the last institution attended.

Degree Requirements

General Education Courses (37-43 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program .

Credit for Prior Learning (optional)

Up to 23 credit hours (see policy for transfer credit ). 

Major Core Courses (12 credit hours)

Professional Studies Courses (6 credit hours)

Professional Competency Courses (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following Professional Competency series.  The three credit hours may be completed in a consecutive course series or selected from a different professional competency.  Special topics (PROS 3000 ) may also be used to satisfy the professional competency requirement.

Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

Area Courses or Optional Minor (18 credit hours)

Complete at least nine credit hours in two areas. Only three credit hours from the 1000-level may be counted toward the area. A minor of 18 credit hours may be substituted for the two areas. Appropriate courses in the area may be substituted with advisor approval.

Area Courses (18 credit hours)

Political Science and Public Administration Area (9 credit hours)

Select from the following:

Information Technology Area (9 credit hours)

Select from the following:

  • ITSC 3xxx - Information Technology Elective (3)
  • ITSC 3xxx - Information Technology Elective (3)
  • ITSC 3xxx - Information Technology Elective (3)

Optional Minor (18 credit hours)

Select any 18 credit hour minor approved in consultation with advisor.  

Unrestricted Elective Courses (0-30 credit hours)

As needed to complete the total degree credit hours.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Grade Requirements

A GPA of 2.0 in the major is required for graduation, as well as grades of C or above in all courses.