Professional Studies

Graduate programs

Master of Professional Studies

Gerald Masterson, Program Director
JDMorris Center, Room 413
Phone: 417-836-6194
infomsas@missouristate.edu
http://mps.missouristate.edu/

Program description

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is a cross-disciplinary program which promotes the enhancement of practical skills in Applied Communication, Criminal Justice, Environmental Management, Homeland Security, Hospitality Administration, Producing and Screenwriting, Sports Management or an Individualized Option. The program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who are seeking professional growth and advancement within their vocations. The 33-hour program allows participants to expand their knowledge base and refine skills to keep up with the ever-changing marketplace.

A MPS may be taken online. All of the core and option area courses in Communication, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Hospitality Administration, and Sports Management are available online. Currently, the Environmental Management option is only available on campus. Access for the Individualized option depends on the selection of courses chosen.

Admission requirements 

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is designed for individuals who are highly motivated to pursue an advanced degree. Admission is competitive and meeting the minimum standards for admission will not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Admission to the program requires all of the following: 

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by agencies recognized by Missouri State University or equivalent education from a foreign university.
  2. A GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work OR a GPA of 2.75 to 2.99 on a 4.00 scale for the last 60 hours of undergraduate course work and a minimum score of 290 on the GRE or 450 on the GMAT OR completion of 9 credit hours of graduate course work with a minimum GPA of 3.00.  These courses may be taken as a post-baccalaureate or non-degree-seeking graduate student and must be approved by the MPS Program Director. 
  3. A Resume and a written statement of goals and interest in the MPS degree submitted to the Program Director.  This written statement will be reviewed to assess the applicant's motivation and commitment to complete the graduate degree and as evidence of the writing skills necessary to succeed in the program.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals able to speak to the applicants academic and/or professional abilities and potential to succeed in the program submitted to the Program Director.
  5. Admission application (all materials) deadline is 35 days prior to the start of the desired beginning semester.
  6. All additional University and Graduate College requirements for admission to a degree program.

Degree requirements (minimum of 33 hours)

For core courses, select one course from each of the top two (2) rows in the table below, and then select five (5) additional courses from the five of the six other rows of the table. Note that some courses may have prerequisites and/or require "permission" from the instructor, such that not every course in the table is available to all MPS students. When a program of study is generated, including core and option courses, the following two limitations for the degree must be observed:

  • Eighteen (18) credits (generally 6 classes) must be taken at the 700-level
1. Core requirements (21 hours)
Program ObjectivesSuggested
Courses
Approved Alternative Courses (contact instructor for more information)

Finance/Budgeting/Economics. [REQUIRED]. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Budgeting and accounting.

2. Financial statements, economic statements, and investments.

3. Economic development for domestic and international organizations.

PLS 756* ACC 688*, FIN 600, FIN 788, PLS 721, ECO 600, MED 762

Law/Ethics/Regulatory Functions. [REQUIRED]. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Understanding legal and/or regulatory issues in the workplace.

2. Understanding ethical issues encountered by business managers in the work environment.

3. Gaining knowledge of the court system and legal dispute resolution mechanisms.

PLS 651* LAW 600, LAW 637, PLS 646, PLS 754, PLS 778, COM 619, HRA 710, MED 681
Select five out of the next six sections    

Personnel Selection/Leadership/Management. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Developing the techniques in matching of individual needs, preferences, and skills with the needs of organizations.

2. Understanding the role of a leader in creating corporate climates and building a workforce by selecting, supervising and evaluating employees.

3. Reviewing ethical issues in regards to leadership roles in either public or private organizations.

PSY 776* PLS 752, PLS 753, PLS 761, PLS 778, MGT 704

Research Design/Project Development/Data Analysis. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Understanding the nature of research/project development, design, evaluation, and analysis of data.

2. Exploring appropriate literature in their respective field.

3. Gaining practical experience in design, evaluation, and analysis.

COM 718* SFR 780*, HLH 700, PBH 760*, HRA 730, PLS 673, PLS 762

Communication/Relations/Environment. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Learning methods of identifying and employing effective communication appropriate to the work environment.

2. Learning techniques of negotiation and mediation in the workplace.

3. Learning techniques of arbitration as an alternative to litigation.

COM 736* BUS 650*, COM 621, PLS 732

Technology/Networking/Security. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Understanding the basics of software and hardware used in the workplace.

2. Understanding concepts, design, and implementation of management information systems for the workplace.

3. Learning principles and techniques of web-based security.

EDT 630 CIS 681, CIS 761*, EDT 765

Structure/Diversity/Development. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Understanding the organizational structure and policy in order to identify and resolve issues within the work place.

2. Understanding the cultural, behavioral, and diverse needs within organizations.

3. Developing managerial skills by way of strategic planning, implementation, and evaluation.

PLS 759* PLS 753, PLS 761*: COM 617*, HRA 720, HLH 750

Professional/Grant/Technical Writing. Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Writing persuasive proposals that could impact existing organizations.

2. Understanding the basic processes identifying potential funding sources and grant administration.

3. Writing for a broad range of genres including producing informational materials for the web.

ENG 672* ENG 678, ENG 679, ENG 684MED 762*

* Offered at least once a year in an online format

2. Research or Capstone Experience

MPS students are expected to demonstrate competency in methods of inquiry, problem solving, and writing for their career path and program emphasis. Students will complete a research project, an internship, or a capstone experience representative of their option area.

3. Comprehensive examination

Successful completion of research or capstone experience will serve as the student's comprehensive examinations.

4. Option areas (12 hours)

Eight formal options exist for the Master of Professional Studies. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in an option. Options include Communication, Criminal Justice, Environmental Management, Homeland Security, Hospitality Administration, Producing and Screenwriting, Sports Management and an Individualized Option.

Applied Communication option

Choose any of the following courses:

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
COM 611 Conflict and Communication 3 hrs
COM 617 Communication and Diversity in the Workplace 3 hrs
COM 619 Ethical Issues in Communication 3 hrs
COM 732 Theories and Concepts of Small Group Communication 3 hrs
COM 713 Media Resources for Organizations 3 hrs
Criminal Justice option

Complete the following courses:

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
CRM 701 Criminal Justice Policy 3 hrs
CRM 740 Foundations of Homeland Defense and Security 3 hrs
CRM 750 Law Enforcement and Community 3 hrs
CRM 770 Correctional Theory and Practice 3 hrs
Environmental Management option

Required (6 hours):

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
GRY 731 Environmental Assessment 3 hrs
ECO 640 Economics of the Environment 3 hrs

Elective hours (6 hours chosen in consultation with advisor):

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
BIO 632 Principles of Fisheries Management 3 hrs
BIO 662 Limnology 3 hrs
BIO 689 Game Management 3 hrs
BIO 726 Advanced Limnology Methods 3 hrs
CHM 660 Chemistry of Environmental Systems:  Water & Land 3 hrs
PLN 671 Land Use Planning 3 hrs
PLN 674 Open Space Planning 3 hrs
GRY 748 Physiography and Resource Planning 3 hrs
PLN 670 Planning Law 3 hrs
Homeland Security option

Complete the following courses:

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
CRM 740 Foundations of Homeland Defense and Security 3 hrs
CRM 745 Topics in Homeland Defense and Security 3 hrs
PLS 717 Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security 3 hrs
PLS 719 Strategic Planning and Organizational Imperatives in Homeland Security 3 hrs

Required courses

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HRA 710

Risk Management & Legal Compliance in the Hospitality Industry

3 hrs

HRA 720

Hospitality Change Management and Leadership

3 hrs

HRA 730

Seminar in Hospitality and Tourism

3 hrs

HRA 798

Field Experience in Hospitality Administration

3 hrs

 

Total (Minimum) 

12 hrs

 

Producing and Screenwriting option

With the help of the advisor, select four (4) of the following courses (12 hours):

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
MED 660  Beginning Screenwriting 3 hrs
MED 667  Screenwriting 3 hrs
MED 668  Writing for Television 3 hrs
MED 669 Rewriting Film and Television Scripts 3 hrs
MED 671  Writing the Web Series 3 hrs
MED 672 Advanced Screenwriting 3 hrs
MED 762 TV/Film Producing and Marketing 3 hrs
MED 792 Independent Study (with permission of Director & Coordinator) 3 hrs
Sports Management option

The Sports Management Option is a 15 hour option that includes three 3 credit hour courses and one 6 hour field experience course. KIN 733 covers the research requirement for the MPS program.

Required Courses (15 hours):

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
KIN 739 Principles of Sports Management 3 hrs
KIN 780 Legal Aspects in Sports, Physical Education, Recreation, and Wellness Programs 3 hrs
KIN 733 Current Problems in Sports Administration 3 hrs
KIN 798 Field Experience in Sports Management 6 hrs
Individualized option

Under special circumstances and close supervision of the Program Director, students may be allowed to develop a specialized course of study to complete the option area of the degree.