• Online classes allow students to set their own schedules
  • MTSU helps students choose programs that work for them
  • Graduation is a
    special day of celebration
  • Students can seek management positions in a variety of fields

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.

  • The Information Technology & Organizational Leadership concentrations are approved for the Academic Common Market.

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

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 

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.) and a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Liberal Studies.

Healthcare Administration Information Technology International Organizational Leadership Organizational Leadership


Professional Studies, Healthcare Administration Concentration, B.S.

University College 
615-494-7714
Dianna Rust, program coordinator
Dianna.Rust@mtsu.edu

MTSU offers the following online degree programs: the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Liberal Studies and the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Professional Studies and concentrations in Information Technology, Organizational Leadership, International Organizational Leadership, and Healthcare Administration. Students must earn a minimum of 120 hours; meet MTSU upper-division, residency, and senior hour requirements; meet MTSU General Education requirements; meet MTSU GPA requirements; and complete the courses outlined in the degree program.  For degree requirements refer to www.mtsu.edu/university-college/distance/undergraduate-programs.php.

Admissions, instruction, advising, library services, and other forms of student assistance are available online. The online courses have been designed to be taught totally online in an interactive, asynchronous format. For advisement, please call (615) 898-5611 or refer to www.mtsu.edu/university-college/advising/.

Designed especially for adults who already have some college experience, the online degree program is also appropriate for students who have earned or are working on associate's degrees and have work experience. For more information regarding degree requirements, please call (615) 898-5611.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Professional Studies, Healthcare Administration Concentration, B.S.  


Professional Studies, Information Technology Concentration, B.S.

University College 
615-494-7714
Dianna Rust, program coordinator
Dianna.Rust@mtsu.edu

MTSU offers the following online degree programs: the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Liberal Studies and the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Professional Studies and concentrations in Information Technology, Organizational Leadership, International Organizational Leadership, and Healthcare Administration. Students must earn a minimum of 120 hours; meet MTSU upper-division, residency, and senior hour requirements; meet MTSU General Education requirements; meet MTSU GPA requirements; and complete the courses outlined in the degree program.  For degree requirements refer to www.mtsu.edu/university-college/distance/undergraduate-programs.php.

Admissions, instruction, advising, library services, and other forms of student assistance are available online. The online courses have been designed to be taught totally online in an interactive, asynchronous format. For advisement, please call (615) 898-5611 or refer to www.mtsu.edu/university-college/advising/.

Designed especially for adults who already have some college experience, the online degree program is also appropriate for students who have earned or are working on associate's degrees and have work experience. For more information regarding degree requirements, please call (615) 898-5611.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Professional Studies, Information Technology Concentration, B.S.

 

 


Professional Studies, International Organizational Leadership Concentration, B.S.

University College 
615-494-7714
Dianna Rust, program coordinator
Dianna.Rust@mtsu.edu

MTSU offers the following online degree programs: the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Liberal Studies and the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Professional Studies and concentrations in Information Technology, Organizational Leadership, International Organizational Leadership, and Healthcare Administration. Students must earn a minimum of 120 hours; meet MTSU upper-division, residency, and senior hour requirements; meet MTSU General Education requirements; meet MTSU GPA requirements; and complete the courses outlined in the degree program.  For degree requirements refer to www.mtsu.edu/university-college/distance/undergraduate-programs.php.

Admissions, instruction, advising, library services, and other forms of student assistance are available online. The online courses have been designed to be taught totally online in an interactive, asynchronous format. For advisement, please call (615) 898-5611 or refer to www.mtsu.edu/university-college/advising/.

Designed especially for adults who already have some college experience, the online degree program is also appropriate for students who have earned or are working on associate's degrees and have work experience. For more information regarding degree requirements, please call (615) 898-5611.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Professional Studies, International Organizational Leadership Concentration, B.S.  

 


Professional Studies, Organizational Leadership Concentration, B.S.

University College 
615-494-7714
Dianna Rust, program coordinator
Dianna.Rust@mtsu.edu

MTSU offers the following online degree programs: the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Liberal Studies and the Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Professional Studies and concentrations in Information Technology, Organizational Leadership, International Organizational Leadership, and Healthcare Administration. Students must earn a minimum of 120 hours; meet MTSU upper-division, residency, and senior hour requirements; meet MTSU General Education requirements; meet MTSU GPA requirements; and complete the courses outlined in the degree program.  For degree requirements refer to www.mtsu.edu/university-college/distance/undergraduate-programs.php.

Admissions, instruction, advising, library services, and other forms of student assistance are available online. The online courses have been designed to be taught totally online in an interactive, asynchronous format. For advisement, please call (615) 898-5611 or refer to www.mtsu.edu/university-college/advising/.

Designed especially for adults who already have some college experience, the online degree program is also appropriate for students who have earned or are working on associate's degrees and have work experience. For more information regarding degree requirements, please call (615) 898-5611.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Professional Studies, Organizational Leadership Concentration, B.S.  

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.

The multidisciplinary nature of this degree program allows students, in consultation with their academic advisors, to choose courses from a variety of disciplines to fit their individualized academic plans. Click on the ACADEMIC MAP tab to see a framework for planning and course selection to meet degree requirements; however, the academic map does not replace working with an academic advisor.

Contact and Student Information

Betty Rinaudo
betty.rinaudo@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-7714

Jay Reilly (A-D)
Jay.Reilly@mtsu.edu
615-898-3593

Megan Russell (E-J)
Megan.Russell@mtsu.edu
615-898-5200

Rebecca Bruce (K-Q)
Rebecca.Bruce@mtsu.edu
615-898-8459

Byron Lightsy (R-Z)
Byron.Lightsy@mtsu.edu
615-898-8398

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