Master of Professional Studies

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is designed for working adults who seek to advance their careers through a targeted professional graduate program. The MPS degree provides flexibility with courses offered online and in a hybrid format. It consists of 33 hours of coursework and is available in three concentrations:

Applying for Admission to the program

Applications for the Fall semester must be received by July 31; 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 University College 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.

Step 1: Application to the Graduate School

All students hoping to enter any of the University College graduate programs must first apply to the Graduate School at the University of Memphis. The Graduate School accepts applications via electronic submission. Please review their site for specific instructions and deadlines. The MPS program does not require the GRE General Test, but if you have taken it please submit your GRE scores to the Graduate School.

Step 2: Portfolio 

As soon as possible after applying to the Graduate School, students should submit the following to the University College Graduate Programs office:

  • 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 University College 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.

To expedite processing, applicants are strongly advised to submit their materials all at once rather than sending each document separately.  Each document must have the applicant's name and submission date, and may be either emailed to or mailed to the following address:

Graduate Programs Coordinator
University College
University of Memphis
201 Brister Hall
Memphis, TN 38152-3440

University College only has the authority to recommend or deny admission to the MPS program. The Graduate School makes all final admission decisions, and will notify students once a decision has been reached.