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Professional Studies

The Professional Studies program helps students prepare for management positions in the fields of information technology, healthcare administration, or business communications. It’s among University College programs targeting distance learning and nontraditional students. The major consists of foundation courses in communications, statistics, supervision, organizational systems, organizational relations, and international context. Four concentrations are available: Healthcare Administration focuses on classes in healthcare research, nursing leadership management, trends and issues in nursing healthcare, community health nursing, and international health. Information Technology centers on software analysis, database management, data communications, and operating systems. Organizational Leadership courses concentrate on public relations, psychology, business etiquette, human resources, and cultural diversity. International Organizational Leadership teaches about international management, international law, political economy, intercultural communication, and international relations.

Tragedy to triumph: Degree goal assisted grief recovery

Tragedy to triumph: Degree goal assisted grief recovery

Recent grad Kim Gannon finished at age 50 what she started after high school, and the focus on learning helped recovery from grief gripping her after the tragic death of her youngest son with juvenile diabetes. “His diagnosis at age 3 brought me to my knees, and losing him (at age 11) took years out of my life,” Gannon says. “… Making the decision to further my education helped bring me back to life. It was a positive force; it consumed me.” Online offerings opened the door to complete a B.S. in Professional Studies with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. Her advisor in the distance learning area helped map out her major using previous credits and kept her motivated. “Prior to enrollment, I had hit a wall in my career,” says Gannon, a State Farm auto claim rep. “Obtaining a college degree made me competitive.” Her culminating project on how to build a children’s playground in Woodbury later came to fruition, Lincoln’s Place.

Dad follows daughter’s footsteps, seeks IT advancement

Dad follows daughter’s footsteps, seeks IT advancement

Michael Pool, earning his B.S. in Professional Studies in August 2014, decided when his youngest daughter graduated from MTSU to enroll in college after a 30-year career. "Something snapped inside. Suddenly, I just wasn't satisfied with the status quo any longer," Pool says. He was a recognized expert in electronics, specializing in financial information systems, and his lifestyle was comfortable — but not easy. "I wanted more. If I ever moved from one company to another, it seemed I always had to start over at the bottom and work my way back up, and I was just too old to do that anymore," he says. "My lack of a degree had always held me back in life." He chose MTSU's program for online courses and the Informational Technology concentration to gain training in business and in advanced technology for higher-level IT management positions.

The Professional Studies program seeks to prepare students in the Information Technology concentration for a career in technology-based information management. The Organizational Leadership and International Organizational Leadership concentrations include a background for a variety of positions in the fields of business and communications. The Healthcare Administration concentration offers training that allows graduates to work in settings such as hospital and health systems management, medical groups, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, care management organizations, health IT firms, government/policy organizations, health insurers, consulting firms, and corporate benefits programs. Some possible positions:


Healthcare Administration

  • Convalescent hospital administrator
  • Food and Drug Administration manager
  • Government administrator
  • Health information manager
  • Hospital administrator
  • Insurance company representative
  • Medical practice office manager
  • Medical services manager
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Pharmaceutical company manager
  • Public charity director
  • Public health manager
  • Residential care facility administrator 


Information Technology

  • Cloud architect
  • Computer forensic investigator
  • Data modeler
  • Geospatial professional
  • Health IT specialist
  • Information technology consultant
  • Information technology manager
  • Information technology vendor manager
  • Mobile application developer
  • Programmer
  • Software developer
  • Software engineer
  • Systems engineer
  • Web developer


Organizational Leadership and International Organizational Leadership

  • Chief executive officer
  • Chief financial officer
  • Chief information officer
  • Compliance director
  • Corporate recruiter
  • Director of quality systems
  • Director of strategic planning
  • Education administrator
  • Global trade expert
  • Health services manager
  • International team manager
  • Knowledge manager
  • Management analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Operations manager
  • Organization development consultant
  • Strategic planner of innovation
  • Strategy consultant
  • Talent manager
  • Vice president of human resources
  • Vice president of marketing


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Aerospace Testing Alliance
  • AllState Insurance
  • American Eagle Airlines
  • Bridgestone
  • Calsonic
  • Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Fisk University
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Olin Corp.
  • United Healthcare
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Wyeth Pharmaceuticals
  • Xerox 

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the degree programs offered by University College, faculty are drawn from every discipline offered at MTSU. This benefit allows University College students to gain from the expertise of all MTSU faculty and to have greater latitude in selecting their specific areas of interest.

Students may choose from four concentrations to earn the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) with a major in Professional Studies: Healthcare Administration, Information Technology, Organizational Leadership, and International Organizational Leadership.

Each concentration consists of 21 hours of core requirements and 18 hours directly related to the chosen concentration. The degree requires a culminating special project course designed to be taken during the final semester.

The University College also offers a Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies (B.S.I.S.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Liberal Studies.

Healthcare Administration Information Technology International Organizational Leadership Organizational Leadership


The sample schedule below is based on the current undergraduate catalog. It is not a substitute for academic advisement. Contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements or consult the undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years. (Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.)

NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map. Missing milestones could delay your program.

Healthcare Administration Academic Map

University College
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  COMM 2200 or SPCH 1010 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3MATH 1530 rec. Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Elective3 
UNIV 1010*3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
English Literature (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Elective3  Elective3 
Elective3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Admin/Supervision block3PADM 3601 has
prereq HETH 42103Prereq: MATH 1530
Team/Org Relations block3  Org Systems block3 
HETH 42133  International Context block3Some have prereqs
Upper-division elective3  COBH 47073 
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
PRST 39953  PRST 4995 or UNIV 49953 
Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereq Stat Methods block3All have prereqs
HETH 42113  Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereq
HETH 42123  Elective3 
Stat Methods block prereq3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
*NOTE: Recommended elective of UNIV 1010 (3 hours) for freshmen or UNIV 2020 (1 hour) for transfer students. Students taking UNIV 2020 should discuss additional electives with their advisors.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  COMM 2200 or SPCH 1010 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3MATH 1530 rec. Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
UNIV 1010*3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
English Literature (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Elective3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Admin/Supervision block3PADM 3601 has
prereq HETH 42103Prereq: MATH 1530
Team/Org Relations block3  Org Systems block3 
HETH 42133  COBH 47073 
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Upper-division elective3  International Context block3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereq PRST 39953 
HETH 42113  Stat Methods block3All have prereqs
HETH 42123  Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereqs
Stat Methods block prereq3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
PRST 4995 or UNIV 49953  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
*NOTE: Recommended elective of UNIV 1010 (3 hours) for freshmen or UNIV 2020 (1 hour) for transfer students. Students taking UNIV 2020 should discuss additional electives with their advisors.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120


Graduation information may be accessed here.

Information Technology Academic Map

University College
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  COMM 2200 or SPCH 1010 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Elective3 
UNIV 1010*3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
English Literature (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Elective3  PTMA 3020 or MGMT 3220 prereq3 
UNIV 4706 prereq3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Admin/Supervision block3PADM 3601 has
prereqs PTMA 3020 or MGMT 32203Both have prereqs
Team/Org Relations block3  UNIV 47063 
Org Systems block3  Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereqs
Upper-division elective3  International Context block3Some have prereqs
Elective3  Stat Methods prereq3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
PRST 39953  PRST 4995 or UNIV 49953 
Stat Methods block3All have prereqs INFS 37003Has prereqs
CSCI 32223Has prereqs Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereq
INFS 49003Has prereqs Elective3 
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
*NOTE: Recommended elective of UNIV 1010 (3 hours) for freshmen or UNIV 2020 (1 hour) for transfer students. Students taking UNIV 2020 should discuss additional electives with their advisors.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  COMM 2200 or SPCH 1010 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
UNIV 1010*3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
English Literature (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Elective3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
UNIV 4706 prereq3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  PTMA 3020 or MGMT 3220 prereq3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Admin/Supervision block3PADM 3601 has
prereqs PTMA 3020 or MGMT 32203Both have prereqs
Team/Org Relations block3  UNIV 47063Has prereqs
Org Systems block3  Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereqs
Elective3  International Context block3Some have prereqs
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Upper-division elective3  Stat Methods prereq3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Stat Methods block3All have prereqs PRST 39953 
CSCI 32223Has prereqs INFS 37003Has prereqs
INFS 49003Has prereqs Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereqs
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
PRST 4995 or UNIV 49953  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
*NOTE: Recommended elective of UNIV 1010 (3 hours) for freshmen or UNIV 2020 (1 hour) for transfer students. Students taking UNIV 2020 should discuss additional electives with their advisors.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120


Graduation information may be accessed here.

International Organizational Leadership Academic Map

University College
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  COMM 2200 or SPCH 1010 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Elective3 
UNIV 1010*3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
English Literature (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Elective3  Elective3 
Elective3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Admin/Supervision block3PADM 3601 has
prereq Team/Org Relations block3 
BMGT 36003  Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereq
Org Systems block3  International context block3Some have prereqs
Upper-division elective3  POLI 43503 
Elective3  Stat Methods prereq3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
PRST 39953  PRST 4995 or UNIV 49953 
Stat Methods block3All have prereqs COMM 35603 
Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereq POLS 45083Has prereq
PS 35103Has prereqs Elective3 
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
*NOTE: Recommended elective of UNIV 1010 (3 hours) for freshmen or UNIV 2020 (1 hour) for transfer students. Students taking UNIV 2020 should discuss additional electives with their advisors.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  COMM 2200 or SPCH 1010 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
UNIV 1010*3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
English Literature (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Elective3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Elective3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Admin/Supervision block3PADM 3601 has
prereq Team/Org Relations block3 
BMGT 36003  Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereq
Org Systems block3  International Context block3Some have prereqs
Elective3  POLI 43503 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Upper-division elective3  Stat Methods prereq3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Stat Methods block3All have prereqs PRST 39953 
Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereq COMM 35603 
PS 35103Has prereqs POLS 45083 
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
PRST 4995 or UNIV 49953  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
*NOTE: Recommended elective of UNIV 1010 (3 hours) for freshmen or UNIV 2020 (1 hour) for transfer students. Students taking UNIV 2020 should discuss additional electives with their advisors.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120


Graduation information may be accessed here.

Organizational Leadership Academic Map

University College
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

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FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  COMM 2200 or SPCH 1010 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Elective3 
UNIV 1010*3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
English Literature (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
Elective3  Elective3 
Elective3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Admin/Supervision block3PADM 3601 has
prereq Org Systems block3 
Team/Org Relations block3  Stat Methods block3All have prereqs
Org Leadership concentration3Some have prereqs International Context block3Some have prereqs
Upper-division elective3  Org Leadership concentration3Some have prereqs
Stat Methods prereq3  Org Leadership concentration3Some have prereqs
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
PRST 39953  PRST 4995 or UNIV 49953 
Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereq Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereq
Org Leadership concentration3Some have prereqs Elective3 
Org Leadership concentration3Some have prereqs Elective3 
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
*NOTE: Recommended elective of UNIV 1010 (3 hours) for freshmen or UNIV 2020 (1 hour) for transfer students. Students taking UNIV 2020 should discuss additional electives with their advisors.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 1)3  COMM 2200 or SPCH 1010 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4 
UNIV 1010*3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
English Literature (Hum/FA)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020,or HIST 20303 
Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3  Soc/Beh Sci (Rubric 2)3 
Elective3  Nat Sci (Rubic 2)4 
Elective3  Elective2 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
Admin/Supervision block3PADM 3601 has
prereqs Org Systems block3 
Team/Org Relations block3  Stat Methods block3All have prereqs
Org Leadership concentration3Some have prereqs International Context block3Some have prereqs
Stat Methods prereq3  Org Leadership concentration3Some have prereqs
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
Upper-division elective3  Org Leadership concentration3Some have prereqs
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereqs PRST 39953 
Org Leadership concentration3Some have prereqs Written Comm block3JOUR 3421 has
prereq
Org Leadership concentration3Some have prereqs Elective3 
Elective3  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SENIOR SUMMER
PRST 4995 or UNIV 49953  Elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
*NOTE: Recommended elective of UNIV 1010 (3 hours) for freshmen or UNIV 2020 (1 hour) for transfer students. Students taking UNIV 2020 should discuss additional electives with their advisors.

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120


Graduation information may be accessed here.

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