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Graduate 2021-2023

Professional Studies, Training and Development Concentration, M.P.S.


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Professional Studies Major


The Master of Professional Studies program is designed to affordably and flexibly meet the education needs of working adults who are not generally served by traditional methods. Offered completely online and available twenty-four hours and seven days a week, this unique program is taught by professors who are best suited to help you develop the skills necessary to excel in your career field.

This course is developed and taught in conjunction with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) and the TNeCampus. Because the MPS degree is offered online, the student must follow the TNeCampus hardware and software requirements and is eligible to complete all registration, advising, bookstore purchases, and even conduct library research online through both the TNeCampus website and the TSU website.

This graduate professional degree consists of 33 hours of interdisciplinary coursework and is available in three concentrations.

Policies

All applicants to graduate programs in the College of Public Service must also consult the Graduate School policies detailed at the beginning of the Graduate Catalog, which pertains to all TSU graduate students.  All students are expected to be familiar with and to adhere to both Graduate School policies and specific departmental requirements for their degree and/or graduate certificate.  A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all graduate courses taken at Tennessee State University is required for successful completion of graduate certificates or graduate degree programs; individual programs may also have more restrictive policies as detailed in their Catalog section (for example, C grades in core courses are not accepted for the Ph.D. in public administration). We abide by Graduate School policies including those regarding retention, probation, suspension, and time limitations for degrees (see the front matter of this Catalog).  Per Graduate School policy, a given course in our programs may be repeated one time only, and the second grade will replace the first. A student may repeat a maximum of two (2) courses in a given program for the purpose of improving grades.

Admissions Process

Applicants for admission must provide the following via the online application system of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GradCAS): 1) Application for Admission; 2) application fee; 3) one official transcript from all colleges and universities previously attended (submitted electronically via GradCAS, not directly to the Graduate School); 4) three letters of recommendation; and 5) a Statement of Purpose explaining why the applicant seeks admission to the MPS program.

Admission Requirements

  • Students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. They must be in good standing at the last school attended.
  • Students must possess basic computer literacy and writing skills
  • Students must adhere to the admission deadlines.

Unconditional Admission:

  1. An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university.
  2. The GradCAS application must include a resume which shows the type of work done over the period and provides details of the employers; position descriptions of all positions listed on the resume; a 500 to 600 word essay describing the professional work accomplished and how the MPS will help the individual advance in the profession; examples of written documents showing professional responsibilities, honors and professional achievements; and a list of professional awards/recognition.
  3. An unconditional admission will be based on the applicant’s entire academic and professional record that indicates a high potential for success in the program.

Conditional Admission:

Conditional Admission into the MPS program may be granted temporarily by the Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies with the recommendation of the Department of Public Administration. Continuation in the program as a degree-seeking student is contingent upon fulfilling specific requirements stipulated in the conditional admission letter.

  1. Students who present a grade point average (GPA) below 2.7 must, at the time of the GradCAS application, submit a resume which is acceptable to the Department of Public Administration. The resume must provide details of the employers; position descriptions of all positions listed on the resume; a 500 to 600 word essay describing the professional work accomplished and how the MPS will help the individual advance in the profession; examples of written documents showing professional responsibilities, honors and professional achievements; and a list of professional awards/recognition.
  2. Graduates of accredited colleges who have five years of qualified professional experience but do not have completed resumes must submit the requested documents during the first semester of enrollment (prior to mid-term). Additionally, conditionally admitted students are required to obtain a 3.00 GPA in the first nine (9) semester hours of coursework in order to remain in the program.
  3. Students that are admitted conditionally, and do not have five years of qualified professional experience must obtain a 3.00 GPA in the first nine (9) semester hours of coursework in order to remain in the program.

Advisor:

Each student admitted to the MPS program is assigned an advisor. Students should consult with their advisors prior to registering for classes in each term of enrollment.

Degree Requirements:

Total credits required for graduation: 33

Students in the MPS program are required to take 33 total credits for graduation. The students cannot take more than 3 courses in any one discipline. Students transferring to the program cannot transfer more than 12 hours.

Concentration III: Training and Development


Training and Development prepares individuals to manage, deliver and assess on-site training programs. It also addresses the needs of human resource managers and other professionals who are increasingly relying on technology to deliver workforce education.

Core Courses:


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

Concentration for Training and Development:


Students will complete five of the following courses for fifteen credit hours.

  • PRST 5770 - Computer-Based Decision Modeling (3)
    or
  • PRST 5600 - Statistical Analysis (3)
     
  • PRST 5410 - Evaluation of Learning (3)
  • PRST 5420 - Organizational Needs Analysis (3)
  • PRST 5400 - Instructional Design for Training and Development (3)
  • PRST 5470 - Facilitation of Learning (3)

Specialization Options:


Students will complete two courses for six credit hours.

  • PRST 5430 - Advanced Instructional Design for Training and Development (3)
  • TECH 5105 - Project Planning and Scheduling (3)
  • PRST 5020 - Human Resources Management (3)
  • PRST 5440 - Engaging the Adult Online Learner (3)
  • PRST 5450 - Computer-Based Technologies for E-Training (3)
  • PRST 5910 - Employer and Human Resources Law (3)
  • PRST 5920 - Diversity in the Workplace (3)

Professional Project:


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

  • PRST 5998 - Professional Project (3)

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