The value of education is recognized as increasingly critical to the successful workplace, and the need for teachers and trainers to develop that education has grown exponentially. This Training and Development concentration offers preparation for teaching adults in the corporate training environment or facilitating courses in an online environment. Working professionals can complete the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.) degree entirely online with courses available 24/7. Graduates may use this program to help earn promotions and more income, change careers, gain marketable skills, and assist with professional development. Students can choose a specialization by picking two classes from six electives involving computer-based technology for e-training, e-training advanced instructional design, engaging adult online learners, project planning and scheduling, human resources management, HR law, and workplace diversity. The program culminates with a professional project.
Paul Wisdom, who went into the HVAC business straight from high school, notched a 4.0 while earning his master’s from MTSU online in the Training and Development concentration at age 49. “That is pretty good for a kid that wasn’t college material,” Wisdom says. He was also promoted to field service representative at Trane, where he landed after also finishing his bachelor’s degree online at MTSU in 2008. “The flexibility in time that online courses offer in no way diminishes the amount of time required to complete the work,” Wisdom says. “It simply allowed me to work on my studies late in the day, early in the morning, or whenever I had a spare moment.” Wisdom, a technical instructor since 1992, discovered new strategies for his responsibilities of developing and delivering training courses and materials, especially “beginning with the end in sight.” He set an example for his three children for college, too – oldest son graduated in May 2016, second son is in college, and daughter begins in fall 2016.
Brittany McFall was living and working in Zambia when she chose MTSU’s Master of Professional Studies program for its flexibility. McFall, a 2015 M.P.S. graduate in the Training and Development concentration, was working with training teachers and local counterparts on varied environmental and health topics and wanted to know more about the professional development field. “I enjoyed the opportunity to work with students with varied professional backgrounds and experiences,” she says. MTSU’s online program allowed her to study and earn a degree from a “brick and mortar” university while working abroad. “I loved the ability to move across the world without disrupting my studies,” she says. “Many things changed during the time that I was working on my degree. I moved across the globe, changed jobs, and had a baby.” After her husband began his graduate studies, McFall is now running the University of Oregon club sports office, working with student leaders, and assisting with integral training. McFall holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Brooklyn College.
The Training and Development master’s program is designed for those interested in organizational needs analysis, instructional design, human resources management, and other areas of training and development. Some potential career paths for graduates from this program:
This 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 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 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 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.
Candidates for the Master of Professional Studies with a concentration in Training and Development degree must
Candidate must complete 30 hours in the following course of study:
Students will select one of the following courses:
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
Middle Tennessee State University
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Murfreesboro, TN 37130
College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
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Murfreesboro, TN 37132
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