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Applying

What are the requirements to enter the program?

What graduate entrance exams are required?

Does the University College Graduate Program have ongoing admissions, that is are applicants accepted for the Spring and Summer semesters?

Where do I submit the letters of recommendation?

How do I setup an appointment to discuss my involvement in the MALS program?

Financial

How much does it cost to attend?

How do I apply for financial aid?

I'm interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship.  How do I apply?

The Program

Are all the concentrations in the MPS program online?  Can I take any courses on campus?

Who determines if a student is eligible to substitute courses from online to on campus?

How long does it take to complete the program?

Is this the correct program to enter for people with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines who now wish to enter the field of Human Resources / Training & Development / Strategic Leadership?  

How employable is this career path?


Applying

What are the requirements to enter the program? 

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree with a grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university.
  • An acceptable score on the GRE General Test.

    Note: Applicants with five or more years of professional work experience may submit a portfolio in lieu of the GRE. The portfolio is to include: a resume; a 500 to 600 word essay detailing the reasons for wanting to enter the M.P.S. program and discussing how the program will help the applicant achieve personal and professional goals; and two, official letters of professional reference. Other items that an applicant may submit in the portfolio include a description of professional responsibilities, professional achievements, and professional awards and/or recognitions.

What graduate entrance exams are required?
The MPS program requires the GRE.  Applicants with 5 or more years of professional work experience may submit a portfolio in lieu of the GRE.  The portfolio is to include:

  • a resume
  • a 500 to 600 word essay detailing the reasons for wanting to enter the MPS program and discussing how the program will help the applicant achieve personal and professional goals
  • two, official letters of professional reference

Other items that an applicant may submit in the portfolio include a description of professional responsibilities, professional achievements, and professional awards and/or recognition.

Does the University College Graduate Program have ongoing admissions, that is, are applicants accepted for the Spring and Summer semesters?
Yes, the University College Graduate Office accepts applications throughout the year.  The application deadline can be found on the Graduate School website. 

Where do I submit the letters of recommendation?
 Both previous or current instructors and employers who attest to the student's capacity for graduate work can send the recommendations to the following address:

University of Memphis
University College Graduate Programs
Graduate Coordinator
100 Brister Hall
Memphis, TN 38152-3440

A current instructor from an accredited college or university can also email the letter of recommendation from the college or university email account and insert the letter into the body of the email or attach it.  Emails must be sent to mpsuniv@memphis.edu

Note:  No letters can be submitted to the office by the applicant without proof that the letter was sent through the USPS and has not been opened.

How do I setup an appointment to discuss my involvement in the MPS program?
You may call the University College Graduate Program office at 901-678-4056.


Financial

How much does it cost to attend?
Current tuition and fee rates are available online,
Direct Link: Tuition Estimator.

Please keep in mind that costs generally increase at the beginning of a new academic year.

How do I apply for financial aid?
Visit this AskTOM question.

For further information:
Financial Aid Office
Phone: 901-678-4825
Site: http://www.memphis.edu/financialaid/

I'm interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship.  How do I apply?
You may browse to the following:

Assistantship openings for the University College Office vary each semester.  Interested applicants should contact Dr. Richard Irwin, Associate Dean of the University College, at rirwin@memphis.edu.

The Program

Are all the concentrations in the MPS program online?  Can I take any courses on campus?
The MPS program is only available online.  Only eligible students can substitute online courses for an on campus equivalent course. 

The MPS program 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.  The program provides the flexibility to meet the demand by students for online graduate-level education.

Who determines if a student is eligible to substitute courses from online to on campus?
The Associate Dean of the University College along with the Graduate Coordinator determines a student's eligibility to substitute courses.  Please note that the University College Graduate Office complies with any and all University of Memphis student accommodations.  Give the specific requirements as an online program, any specific questions regarding reasons for substitutions should be directed to either the Graduate Coordinator or the Associate Dean of the University of College.  They can be reached at 901-678-4596 (Associate Dean), (901) 678-3066 (Graduate Coordinator, or via email at mpsuniv@memphis.edu).


How long does it take to complete the program?
It can take 3 to 4 semesters for a full-time graduate student as she takes 9 to 12 credit hours each semester.  The program requires 33 hours for completion.

Is this the correct program to enter for people with undergraduate degrees in other disciplines who now wish to enter the field of Human Resources / Training & Development / Strategic Leadership? 
Yes, absolutely!

How employable is this career path?
Yes, the MPS degree has been designed to be a professional degree that elevates students to be ready and able to achieve gainful employment in their chosen field/concentration upon graduation.


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