Strategic Leadership

The Master of Professional Studies degree with a concentration in Strategic Leadership prepares students 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.

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: 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 credit hours)
ELPA 7560 - Small Group Leadership (3 credit hours) 

Research/Data Analysis
PRST 7770 - Computer-Based Decision Modeling (3 credit hours) (Prerequisite: PRST 7300)
PRST 7600 - Statistical Analysis (3 credit hours)

Organizational Structure and Change
PRST 7310 Leadership in Organization (3 credit hours)
PRST 7800 Organizational Skills and Development (3 credit hours)

Strategic Planning and Assessment
PRST 7105 Project Planning and Scheduling (3 credit hours)
PRST 7040 Human Resources Management (3 credit hours)

COMM 7110 Leadership and Communication (3 credit hours)
JOUR 7450 Public Relations Management (3 credit hours)
PRST 7700 Conflict Management and Negotiation (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)