Master of Professional Studies Regent's Online Degree Program offers a master’s degree
with a concentration in Human Resources Leadership.
Human Resources Leadership prepares individuals to specialize in attracting qualified
employees to appropriate jobs which ultimately benefit the success of the 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 of this department
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.
The student outcomes for the MPS with a concentration in Human Resources Leadership
can be measured by the high demand for persons who have a graduate level education
and are prepared and qualified to guarantee that the organization’s human resource
department is handled with the most efficient, effective and economic means. The
program is designed to affordably and flexibly meet the needs of working adults who
are not generally served by traditional methods. This unique program is taught by
professors who are best suited to help you develop the skills necessary to excel in
your career field and this program is offered completely online and available 24/7.
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
Note: A proposal must be submitted to and approved by the MPS coordinator before the
PRST 7998 permit will be issued. Template: [PDF]
1) Complete the University of Memphis Graduate School application, available online
2) Take the Graduate Record Exam and have scores sent to the University of Memphis.
Or, if you have at least five years of professional work experience, you may submit
a professional portfolio in place of the GRE test. Please send the professional portfolio
to the Master of Professional Studies Program, University College, University of Memphis,
218 Brister Hall, Memphis, TN 38152.
Portfolio to include:
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
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. The portfolio material must be submitted as a packet, not mailed
For advising and more information, contact:
Master of Professional Studies
901.678.4056 / 901.678.3066
218 Brister Hall
Memphis, Tennessee 38152