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Master of Professional Studies in Strategic Leadership

Master of Professional Studies Regents Online Degree Program with a concentration in Strategic Leadership prepares you to lead in today's rapidly changing professional environment.  This graduate professional studies degree consists of 33 hours of interdisciplinary coursework in the areas of leadership, communication, strategic planning and assessment, organizational structure, and research/data analysis.  

 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

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 for Strategic Leadership: Students will complete seven of the following courses, including at least one course from each of the five subject areas. (21 credit hours)

Leadership Theory

PRST 7500 Foundations of Leadership 3 credits
ELPA 7560 Small Group Leadership 3 credits

Research/Data Analysis

PRST 7770 Computer-Based Decision Modeling (Prerequisite: PRST 7300) 3 credits
PRST 7600 Statistical Analysis 3 credits

Organizational Structure and Change

PRST 7310 Leadership in Organization 3 credits
PRST 7800 Organizational Skills and Development 3 credits


COMM 7110 Leadership and Communication 3 credits
JOUR 7450 Public Relations Management 3 credits
PRST 7700 Conflict Management and Negotiation 3 credits

Strategic Planning and Assessment

PRST 7105 Project Planning and Scheduling 3 credits
PRST 7040 Human Resources Management 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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