The Master of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in Human Resources Leadership
prepares individuals in attracting qualified employees to appropriate jobs which ultimately
benefit an organization by providing a link between top management and its workers.
Students seeking an MPS in Human Resources Leadership will gain the skills to be leaders
working with top management to determine policies and requirements which ensure that
human resource tasks are accomplished according to strategic plans and the goals of
the organization. This graduate professional studies degree consists of 33 hours
of interdisciplinary coursework in the areas of effectiveness of employee skills;
training and development opportunities to improve skills; increasing employee satisfaction;
developing and managing human resource programs and policies; compensation and benefits;
and employee relations.
Applicants to the program are evaluated as they apply and may be admitted for the
Fall or Spring semesters or summer session. Generally applicants must meet the following
1) Completion of an undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average of
at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university.
2) An acceptable score on the GRE General Test.
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 MPS 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.
|Admission deadlines to the program:
|Fall - July 1
|Spring - December 1
|Summer - May 1
The Graduate School reaches its decision regarding an applicant's admission after
it receives the recommendation by the University College Graduate Program. The University
College does not make the decision. For more information, read: Admission Regulations.
Total credits required for graduation: 33
Students complete nine hours of core requirements; 21 hours in the concentration;
and three hours in the culminating project.
A. Core Courses: Students will complete the following three core courses.
(9 credit hours)
B. Concentration Requirements: four courses. (12 credit hours)
Students will select one of the following two courses. (3 credit hours)
Students will select two of the following four courses. (6 credit hours)
C. Professional Project: The Master of Professional Studies program requires every student to complete a
professional project as the culminating experience in earning the degree. (3 credit
*A professional project proposal must be submitted to and approved by the MPS coordinator before the PRST 7998 permit
will be issued.