MPS Degree Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to graduate studies (see General Regulations and Procedures), admission to the Master of Professional Studies degree program also requires the following:

1.   The applicant must possess a baccalaureate degree or equivalent from an institution accredited by one of the six U.S. regional accrediting associations, by one of the agencies recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education, or by an appropriate governmental agency in the country in which the institution is located.

2.   The applicant must have a graduating cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale or a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate study. As this degree program aims to enhance skill sets related to the professional work environment, applicants who do not meet the cumulative GPA standard but who demonstrate a minimum of three years of successful full-time work experience in a professional field may be admitted conditionally. Conditionally admitted students will take no more than nine graduate level credits their first semester and must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in the first completed nine hours of graduate coursework in the MPS degree program. Conditionally admitted students must resolve outstanding admission obligations before registering for a subsequent semesters.

3.   The applicant will submit a letter of intent addressing the reasons for applying, the choice of concentration, and how this degree program will affect his/her future career plans.  Conditionally admitted students will also send a resume and a job verification notice (this may be obtained by calling 256.765.5003) allowing the Office of Professional and Interdisciplinary Studies to contact prior employers and verify the applicant's work history.  Employment verfication must be received before a student enrolls in a graduate course.

4.   The applicant must submit the ETS®   Personal Potential Index (PPI).

The ETS®  PPI is a web-based, multi-rater system for evaluating the personal qualities of graduate applicants. The PPI Evaluation Report provides qualitative information as well as quantitative measures of personal attributes across six areas: Knowledge and Creativity, Communication Skills, Teamwork, Resilience, Planning and Organization, and Ethics and Integrity (

Please contact the Office of Professional and Interdisciplinary Studies with any questions you may have concerning admission requirements or the transfer of graduate credits hours.