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Master of Professional Studies (MPS)

Regents Online Degree Program (RODP)

In conjunction with the Regents Online Degree Program, the Austin Peay State University College of Graduate Studies and the School of Technology and Public Management located at the Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell offer the Master of Professional Studies with a concentration in Strategic Leadership.

PURPOSE (Goals and Objectives)

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program in the social sciences and the professions. The 33-hour MPS program is designed for working adults who wish to pursue graduate professional studies that combine two or more disciplines. Because the MPS student's academic needs and interests are multidisciplinary, they generally are not served by traditional professional programs. MPS offers graduate programs that include:

  • New interdisciplinary courses
  • Existing graduate courses
  • A culminating professional project

The MPS allows for the development of professionally-oriented programs that respond to the dynamic needs of students working in or preparing for rapidly changing professional environments and expectations. In this program of interdisciplinary graduate studies, students make connections between various professional fields and traditional social science disciplines.

For the purposes of the MPS program, profession is defined broadly, not limiting profession to traditional areas such as law and medicine. Professionals that might be served by the MPS program include individuals working in commerce, information technology, mass media, government, social services, health care and education.

Details about all three concentrations available for the Master in Professional Studies degree can be found at the following link:

http://www.rodp.org/degree-programs-courses/masters/masters-professional-studies

Course descriptions are also located at this site.  Austin Peay will serve as your home school in this collaborative master’s degree program.

CURRICULUM

The proposed program requires completion of 33 semester credit hours (11 courses) distributed as follows:

Curriculum componentHours required
Core Requirements9
Concentration21
Culminating Project3
TOTAL Credits required for Graduation33

Core Courses

Students will complete the three core courses for nine credit hours.

  • PRST 5/6/7100 Professional Environment: Issues and Ethics (3)
  • PRST 5/6/7200 Globalization and the Professions (3)
  • PRST 5/6/7300 Research Methods (3)

Concentration for Strategic Leadership

Students will complete seven of the following courses, including at least one course from each of the five subject areas. 

Leadership Theory

  • PRST 6/7500 Foundations of Leadership (3)
  • LDSP 6/7000 Current Issues and Cases in Leadership (3)
  • ELPA 6/7560 Small Group Leadership (3)

Research/Data Analysis

  • QM 5/6/7770 Computer-Based Decision Modeling (3)
  • PRST 5/6/7600 Statistical Analysis (3)

Organizational Structure and Change

  • PADM 6/7310 Leadership in Organization (3)
  • PRST 5/6/7800 Organizational Skills and Development (3)

Communication

  • COMM 5/6/7110 Leadership and Communication (3)
  • JOUR 5/6/7450 Public Relations Management (3)
  • PRST 5/6/7700 Conflict Management and Negotiation (3)

Strategic Planning and Assessment

  • TECH 5/6/7105 Project Planning and Scheduling (3)
  • MGMT 6/7040 Human Resources Management (3)

Professional Project

The Master of Professional Studies program requires every student to complete a professional project as the culminating experience in earning the degree.

  • PRST 5/6/7998 Professional Project (3)

Advisor

For more information on Austin Peay State University College of Graduate Studies, go to http://www.apsu.edu/cogs.