May 27, 2024  
2020-21 Graduate Catalog 
2020-21 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Professional Studies, Operations Research Concentration, M.P.S.

Pamela D. Morris, Program Director
(615) 898-5920

The University College offers the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) with concentrations in Human Resources Leadership, Leadership in Nutrition, Operations Research, Strategic Leadership, and Training and Development. For more information, contact, call (615)898-5920, or visit

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Professional Studies program requires

  1. an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. an acceptable grade point average (GPA) in all college work taken (at least 2.75 for unconditional admission);
  3. three (3) letters of recommendation;
  4. completion of a portfolio of works OR Graduate Record Examination (GRE) based on criteria below:
    1. completion of a portfolio of works for those with a 3.25 GPA or higher; OR
    2. 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
    3. completion of the GRE General Test with acceptable scores.
  5. competency in word processing, library retrieval systems, presentation graphics, spreadsheets, and databases. Students must be computer literate (using email,posting discussions, using chat, web page navigation, uploading attachments, etc.) as well as have excellent time management skills in order to be successful in the online course environment;
  6. regular access to a computer and reliable Internet connection. To view hardware and software requirements please go to software-requirements.

NOTE: Candidates for the Master of Professional Studies may enroll for one semester before being fully admitted to the program.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

  1. Applicant must submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. submit official transcripts from all collegiate institutions attended;
  3. submit three letters of reference;
  4. 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 or going to

Degree Requirements

The Master of Professional Studies with a concentration in Operations Research requires completion of minimum of 30 semester hours.

Candidate must

  1. complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit (See Curriculum section below for specifics):
  2. complete a professional project during the final semester of the program.

Curriculum: Professional Studies, Operations Research

The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.

Operations Research Concentration (9 hours)

Specialization Electives (6 hours)

Professional Project (3 or 4 hours)

Note: Students applying for EXL Scholar Designation should take the PRST 6998 course for 4 credit hours.