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 fully online 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.

Applying for Admission to the program

Applications for the Fall semester must be received by August 1; Spring semester by December 1; and Summer term by May 1.

All applicants must have completed an undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from an accredited college or university. Applicants are selected on a competitive basis, so admission is not guaranteed to all applicants who meet only the minimum requirements. Since all CPLS graduate programs aim to produce lifelong learners and competitive members of the workforce, applicants' submitted materials are scrutinized not only for content and but also for presentation, organization, professionalism, and compliance with the program's specific application instructions, which are listed below.

To apply for this program, you will need to complete an application, which will require the following documents:

  • Resumé: The applicant's resumé should include the applicant's employment history, academic history, current contact information, and any additional relevant information, such as professional skills, training, presentations, publications, etc.
  • Recommendation Letters: Applicants must submit at least two official letters of professional reference, preferably from a colleague or superior who can attest to the applicant's capacity to succeed in the profession. All recommendation letters must meet College of Professional & Liberal Studies requirements or they will not be accepted.
  • Personal Essay: Applicants must submit a brief, original essay (approximately 500-600 words) that addresses why they chose to apply to the MPS program and how the program will help them achieve specific professional goals.
  • Additional Items (Optional): Other items that an applicant may submit in the portfolio include a description of professional responsibilities, professional achievements, and professional recognition and/or awards.

For technical questions regarding the application, please contact UM Graduate School Customer Support with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Current program or program of interest
  • Your UID from UofM and/or UniCAS ID number if available

Phone: 901.678.3685
Email: graduateadmissions@memphis.edu 

For questions regarding admission requirements, please contact the College of Professional & Liberal Studies Graduate Programs: cplsgrad@memphis.edu 

The MPS program does not require the GRE General Test, but if you have taken it please submit your GRE scores in your application.

Only after your application is completed and all required documents are submitted will a final decision be made on the application. Please note that the Graduate School will notify applicants once a decision has been reached.

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.

Course Rotation for Human Resource Leadership

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) 
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) 
PRST 7940 Recruitment, Selection, and Retention (3 credit hours) 
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 students advisor before the PRST 7998 permit will be issued.  The deadlines and proposal questions are found in the Proposal Approval Questions.

PRST 7998 - Professional Project (3 credit hours)
OR an appropriate online elective for their concentration