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.

Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the MPS degree will complete 9 credit hours of core courses; 21 credit hours in the concentration; and 3 credit hours in the culminating project for a total of 33 credit hours.

A. Core Courses: The MPS Core is required of all students, and consists of the following three courses.

PRST 7100 - Professional Environment: Issues and Ethics (3 credit hours)
PRST 7200 - Globalization and the Professions (3 credit hours)
PRST 7300 - Research Methods (3 credit hours) 

B. Concentration Requirements: 

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

Students will select one of the following two courses.

PRST 7500 Foundations of Leadership (3 credit hours)
PRST 7310 Leadership in Organization (3 credit hours) 

Students will select two of the following four courses. 

PRST 7700 Conflict Management and Negotiation (3 credit hours)
PRST 7930 Compensation and Benefits (3 credit hours) (Prerequisite: PRST 7040)
PRST 7940 Recruitment, Selection, and Retention (3 credit hours) (Prerequisite: PRST 7040)
PRST 7400 Instructional Design for Training and Development (3 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. A professional project proposal must be submitted to and approved by the Graduate Studies Coordinator before the PRST 7998 permit will be issued. The deadlines for proposal submission are listed in the course syllabus below.

PRST 7998 - Professional Project (3 credit hours)