School of Professional Studies

The School of Professional Studies offers you this opportunity by maintaining and providing excellence and quality in the fields of research, public service, law, media, homeland security, and criminal justice.

Associate's degrees available in this school include criminal justice administration and paralegal studies. The bachelor's degrees in the school cover the areas of digital journalism, film, digital media design, pre-law studies, public administration, criminal justice administration, homeland security and emergency management, and paralegal studies. Minors are also available in alternative dispute resolution, business law, criminal justice administration, journalism, and pre-law studies. Undergraduate certificate programs are available in alternative dispute resolution and criminal justice administration. Online graduate certificate programs are also available.

The master's degrees available in the school include digital journalism, criminal justice, digital cinema, professional screenwriting, and public administration.

National University's Division of Extended Learning, also a part of the School of Professional Studies, offers professional training to support students' ongoing development plans and give businesses the tools they need to gain a competitive edge. Additionally, the National University Polytechnic Institute offers a certificate in Marine Technology for those pursing a professional diving career.

The School of Professional Studies also offers several unique transition programs, including a Bachelor of Public Administration to a Master of Public Administration. Students can also transition from a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration to a Master of Criminal Justice, a Master of Forensic Science, or a Master of Public Administration. Students interested in homeland security can transition from a Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management to either a Master of Public Administration or a Master of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

Dean Daniel Donaldson, Ph.D
858-642-8480 | sops@nu.edu

Choose from our departments below

Journalism, Film and Entertainment Arts Programs

Department Head: Dr. Sara Kelly

A hub of creativity and innovation, the Department of Journalism, Film, and Entertainment Arts is home to graduate and undergraduate journalism programs, including digital journalism. Film and digital design, and a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Cinema and Professional Screenwriting are also available.

Our programs immerse students in the expanding digital and entertainment media marketplace. Students can earn a journalism or film degree, working with professionals in the field to imagine new ways of creating entertainment content, delivering news, and engaging in the world. From breaking news reporting and documentary storytelling to film, television, transmedia, and social media, students learn the technical and creative skills that enable them to succeed. Graduates may pursue careers as directors, producers, writers, journalists, content creators, educators, entrepreneurs, and executives.

Department of Professional Studies Programs

Department Head: Dr. Jack Hamlin

For many people, the most rewarding public service can be found in helping to maintain the standard of living within their own communities.

The Department of Professional Studies offers numerous professional studies programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies and a master’s in professional studies degree to help students to improve the community by maintaining and providing excellence and quality in research, public service, law, criminal justice-related fields, and continuing education programs.

Degrees and programs available in this department include pre-law studies, criminal justice administration, domestic security management, alternative dispute resolution, and paralegal studies. The Department of Professional Studies also offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration.

Journalism, Film and Entertainment Arts Programs

Department Head: Dr. Sara Kelly

A hub of creativity and innovation, the Department of Journalism, Film, and Entertainment Arts is home to graduate and undergraduate journalism programs, including digital journalism. Film and digital design, and a Master of Fine Arts in Digital Cinema and Professional Screenwriting are also available.

Our programs immerse students in the expanding digital and entertainment media marketplace. Students can earn a journalism or film degree, working with professionals in the field to imagine new ways of creating entertainment content, delivering news, and engaging in the world. From breaking news reporting and documentary storytelling to film, television, transmedia, and social media, students learn the technical and creative skills that enable them to succeed. Graduates may pursue careers as directors, producers, writers, journalists, content creators, educators, entrepreneurs, and executives.

Department of Professional Studies Programs

Department Head: Dr. Jack Hamlin

For many people, the most rewarding public service can be found in helping to maintain the standard of living within their own communities.

The Department of Professional Studies offers numerous professional studies programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies and a master’s in professional studies degree to help students to improve the community by maintaining and providing excellence and quality in research, public service, law, criminal justice-related fields, and continuing education programs.

Degrees and programs available in this department include pre-law studies, criminal justice administration, domestic security management, alternative dispute resolution, and paralegal studies. The Department of Professional Studies also offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public administration.