Looking for a flexible graduate program to increase income and promotion opportunities, fulfill professional development needs, and add marketable skills to your resume? MTSU’s Strategic Leadership concentration, leading to a Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) degree, allows working professionals to earn an advanced degree through 24/7 online coursework. The leadership function is the single greatest contributor to the overall success of any organization. Leadership impacts all areas of operation and requires that a leader be well versed in many areas. The Strategic Leadership master’s program examines various subject areas including leadership theory, research/data analysis, organizational structure and change, communication, and strategic planning and assessment. The 30-hour interdisciplinary program culminates with a professional project and is typically related to the student's professional work.
Emily Curtis moved into an administration consultant role with a nonprofit organization after earning her Master of Professional Studies in the Strategic Leadership concentration in December 2013. She received a promotion once she started the program, becoming assistant registrar at MTSU and serving on various committees and project teams. “The M.P.S. program enriched my career not only because it gave me a graduate-level education, which opened doors of opportunity, but it also gave me leadership and organizational tools to use in my profession,” she says. Curtis chose MTSU’s program because it allowed her to further her education while also pursuing a career. She also worked full time when she graduated from Bryan College with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2007. Curtis began her professional career in higher education in 2005. “Many leadership concepts are learned after years of experience, but this program allowed me to learn those concepts and identify them early in my career,” she says.
H. Gerald Grimes was promoted to building services director at MTSU six months after earning his Strategic Leadership M.P.S. online in December 2014. His mentor, Gerald Caudill, who retired from the position, encouraged Grimes to complete his undergraduate degree and then the master’s. Grimes’ department is responsible for making sure lighting and utilities function well in classrooms in all academic buildings. They also assist other University groups such as energy services, residential life, and agribusiness. He worked in construction during his undergraduate days at MTSU and then returned as a maintenance technician in 1999. Grimes finished his bachelor’s in 2004 before moving up. The Strategic Leadership M.P.S. program broadened his view of managing people. “I learned to find ways that you can support your staff so that they improve not only professionally but also personally. They can catch that enthusiasm to improve,” Grimes says. “It creates a perpetual snowball that can spur you on to be better, which in turn puts those energies back into your staff.”
The Strategic Leadership master’s degree is intended to help with career advancement for working professionals seeking to improve organizational leadership, planning, communication, conflict management, and other areas of leadership. Some possible professional opportunities for degree-holders
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 12 hours of core requirements, 15 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 as a non-degree seeking student and take up to 6 hours before officially applying to the program.
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 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 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 30 hours in the following course of study:
Five courses must be completed, including at least one course from each of the four subject areas and one remaining course from the subject areas or optional electives.
3 to 4 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.
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.
Since this degree program is supported by courses through the Tennessee e-Campus, faculty come from participating state universities.
University College M.P.S. Program
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College of Graduate Studies
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