Jan 28, 2023
Pamela D. Morris, Program Director
The University College offers the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) with concentrations in Human Resources Leadership, Strategic Leadership, and Training and Development in conjunction with six Tennessee universities. For more information, contact Pamela.Morris@mtsu.edu, call (615) 898-5920, or visit www.mtsu.edu/mps.
Admission to the Master of Professional Studies program requires
- an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
- an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all college work taken (at least 2.75 for unconditional admission);
- completion of a portfolio of works for those with a 2.75 GPA or higher and five (5) years of professional full-time work experience OR completion of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with acceptable scores;
- competency in word processing, library retrieval systems, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and databases. Students must be computer literate (using e-mail, posting discussions, using chat, webpage navigation, uploading attachments, etc.) as well as have excellent time management skills in order to be successful in the online course environment;
- regular access to a computer and reliable Internet connection. To view hardware and software requirements please go to tnecampus.info/d2l-hardware-and-software-requirements.
NOTE: Candidates for the Master of Professional Studies may enroll for one semester before being fully admitted to the program.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended;
- submit three letters of reference;
- submit official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). A composite GRE score of 291 is expected for consideration of unconditional admission. Applicants with a 2.75 GPA or higher and five (5) years of professional full-time work experience may submit a portfolio of works in place of a GRE score. Applicants who meet this requirement may inquire about the portfolio requirements by e-mailing Pamela.Morris@mtsu.edu or going to www.mtsu.edu/university-college/mps/portfolio.php.
The Master of Professional Studies with a concentration in Training and Development requires completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours.
- complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit (see Curriculum section below for specifics);
- complete a professional project during the final semester of the program.
Curriculum: Professional Studies, Training and Development
The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.
Training and Development Concentration (12 hours)
- PRST 6400 - Instructional Design for Training and Development 3 credit hours
- PRST 6410 - Evaluation of Learning 3 credit hours
- PRST 6420 - Organizational Needs Analysis 3 credit hours
- PRST 6470 - Facilitation of Learning 3 credit hours
Specialization Option (3 hours)
Students will select at lease one of the following courses:
- PRST 6430 - Advanced Instructional Design for Training and Development 3 credit hours
- PRST 6040 - Human Resources Management 3 credit hours
- PRST 6440 - Engaging the Adult Online Learner 3 credit hours
- PRST 6450 - Computer-Based Technologies for E-Training (prerequisite PRST 5400) 3 credit hours
- PRST 6910 - Employer and Human Resources Law 3 credit hours
- PRST 6920 - Diversity in the Workplace 3 credit hours
- PRST 6105 - Project Planning and Scheduling 3 credit hours
Professional Project (3 or 4 hours)
- PRST 6998 - Professional Project 3 to 4 credit hours
PRST 6998 must be taken during the final semester of the program. Students should begin planning their projects when they enter the M.P.S. program. They should consult their advisors about appropriate topics and submit their proposals for approval prior to entering this course.
Students applying for EXL Scholar Designation should take PRST 6998 for 4 credit hours.
NOTE: The 5000 and 6000 levels numbering of courses for APSU/ETSU/TSU will be crosslisted with the 6000 levels used by MTSU and TTU and the 7000 levels numbering of courses used at UOM.
MPS students are limited to no more than 6 hours of prior learning assessment (PLA) credit and transfer credit combined.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form with the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which candidate intends to graduate.