Human resources professionals are increasingly becoming an integral part of an organization’s strategic planning process. MTSU’s new Human Resources Leadership concentration allows working professionals to earn a Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) around their schedules and boost their careers through a 24/7 online program. The 33-hour degree plan culminates with a professional project, typically related to the student’s work. Company executives today are turning to HR professionals for policy directives and creative ways to use human capital for improved performance results. The HR Leadership coursework focuses on a variety of workplace factors (economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, and administrative) and the impact they can have on organizational productivity, performance, and behavior. The program helps students build a strong foundation in HR principles and procedures and develop critical thinking skills required to make decisions and solve problems concerning the human side of an organization.
Nancy Terrell, a 2014 Master of Professional Studies graduate, works in talent development for information systems at Community Health and plans to earn Society for Human Resource Management certification soon. Terrell began in administration and moved into HR talent acquisition for the company’s Revenue Cycle Service Center. “I chose the M.P.S. program because I had a little of this and that, but had not mastered any,” she says. A New York native, Terrell earned her bachelor’s degree in 2010 while working in administrative roles with an HR focus at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. MTSU’s University College made her believe getting a master’s was easily attainable. “The classes were flexible, relevant, interesting, and personalized,” she says. “At first I was hesitant that I would be successful in an online learning environment, but the professors were excellent and engaging communicators.” Terrell’s two daughters previously attended MTSU, and her eldest is finishing a Master of Education. “I am True Blue!—I always wanted to be able to say that,” Terrell says.
Leanne Eaton, director of Coffee County Juvenile Court’s Youth Services Office, is pursuing MTSU’s new Human Resources Leadership concentration for her M.P.S. degree. Eaton, holding the supervisory position for 18 of her 25 years in the court system, has long been interested in employee development and training, as well as employment law. She has served on county employee compensation and personnel review committees. “Not only have I been able to utilize what I have learned through the M.P.S. program to enhance my current career, but at some point I plan to pursue a career in human resources,” she says. “I have learned a wealth of information.” Her professional project examines issues and conflicts of women in the workplace who share the dual role of mother and employee. The Youth Services Office, which provides probation supervision for juvenile offenders, hired Eaton just before her MTSU graduation with a B.S. in Psychology. A mother of three, Eaton decided to fulfill her lifelong promise to get a master’s degree when her oldest daughter began college at MTSU in 2013. “She inspired me to keep working hard,” Eaton says.
The Human Resources Leadership master’s degree is designed for working professionals interested in recruiting, selection, and retention of human capital, compensation, and benefits, and other areas of human resources management. National job growth for human resources managers is higher than all other professions on average, and median annual pay was $102,780 in 2014 for human resources managers. A master’s offers a competitive edge in a competitive field.
Because this degree program is quite new, employer information is still being compiled.
MTSU offers the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.), an online program designed for working professionals, with three concentrations available: Human Resources Leadership, Strategic Leadership, and Training and Development.
Each M.P.S. program consists of 9 hours of core requirements, 21 hours related directly to the concentration, and a 3-hour culminating professional project.
Applicants must have the following:
Applicants who do not meet the criteria for unconditional admission may apply for conditional admission.
For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.
Pamela D. Morris, Program Director
The University College offers the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) with concentrations in Human Resource Leadership, Strategic Leadership, and Training and Development in conjunction with all six of the Tennessee Board of Regents universities. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org, call (615) 898-5611, or visit www.mtsu.edu/universitycollege/distance/mps.php.
Admission to the Master of Science in Professional Studies program requires
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.
Candidate must complete 33 hours in the following course of study:
3 credit hours
Introduces the discipline of ethics and values. Explores the various theories and practices that have led to, and continue to dominate the study of ethics and values in public service. Students will display their knowledge of ethics and values in various reading, writing, and oratorical assignments.
3 credit hours
Capstone course for the Master of Professional Studies degree. The integrative culmination of the program of study.
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.
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.
NOTE: Students with full-time employment are limited to two (2) online courses per semester.
Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the degree programs offered by University College, faculty are drawn from disciplines throughout MTSU.
University College M.P.S. Program
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