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Master of Professional Studies in Human Resources Leadership

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. 

 Admission Requirements

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 admission requirements:

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

 Program Requirements

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)

PRST 7100 Professional Environment:  Issues and Ethics 3 credits
PRST 7200 Globalization and the Professions 3 credits
PRST 7300 Research Methods 3 credits

B. Concentration Requirements: four courses. (12 credit hours)

PRST 7040 Human Resources Management 3 credits
PRST 7600 Statistical Analysis 3 credits
PRST 7910 Employment and Human Resource Law  (Prerequisite: PRST 7040) 3 credits
PRST 7920 Diversity in the Workplace 3 credits

Students will select one of the following two courses. (3 credit hours)

PRST 7500 Foundations of Leadership 3 credits
PRST 7310 Leadership in Organization 3 credits

Students will select two of the following four courses. (6 credit hours)

PRST 7700 Conflict Management and Negotiation 3 credits
PRST 7930 Compensation and Benefits  
(Prerequisite: PRST 7040)
3 credits
PRST 7940 Recruitment, Selection, and Retention  (Prerequisite: PRST 7040) 3 credits
PRST 7400 Instructional Design for Training and Development 3 credits

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 hours)

PRST 7998 *Professional Project  3 credits

*A professional project proposal must be submitted to and approved by the MPS coordinator before the PRST 7998 permit will be issued.


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