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Master of Professional Studies

Gerald Masterson, Program Director
JDMorris Center, Room 413
Phone: 417-836-5005
infomsas@missouristate.edu
https://gip.missouristate.edu/mps/

Program description

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) is a cross-disciplinary program which promotes the enhancement of practical skills in Applied CommunicationCriminal JusticeEnvironmental ManagementHomeland SecurityHospitality AdministrationProducing and ScreenwritingProject ManagementSports 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 necessary to keep up with the ever-changing marketplace.

A MPS may be taken online. All of the core and option area courses in Applied Communication, Criminal Justice, Homeland Security, Hospitality Administration, Project Management and Sports Management are available online. Currently, the Environmental Management option is only available on campus. Online 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 postbaccalaureate or nondegree-seeking graduate student and must be approved by the MPS Program Director.
  3. A Resume
  4. A written statement of goals and interest in the MPS degree. 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.
  5. Two letters of recommendation from individuals able to speak to the applicants academic and/or professional abilities and potential to succeed in the program.

All additional University and Graduate College requirements for admission to a degree program.

Accelerated Master's Option Admission requirements

Exceptional Missouri State University undergraduate students may apply for preliminary acceptance into the Master of Professional Studies program in their junior year after admission requirements for the accelerated program have been satisfied. Candidates for this option must have junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.20 or higher. If admitted, up to 12 hours of 600-level or 700-level courses may be designated as "mixed credit" and count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs. This option gives these undergraduate students the opportunity to complete their bachelor's and master's degrees in 10 semesters and a summer.

Before enrolling in a course that will apply to both the undergraduate program and the master's program an undergraduate student must:

  1. Be admitted into the accelerated program;
  2. Receive prior approval from the MPS advisor, department head of the undergraduate program, and the Dean of the Graduate College. This is done by using a mixed credit form.

Acceptance into the program and all approvals must be completed prior to the end of the Change of Schedule Period for the course(s). See the Graduate College for further information.

Admission Requirement for the Accelerated Option:

  1. Junior standing and an overall GPA of 3.20 or better;
  2. A supportive recommendation letter from the applicant's undergraduate advisor, program director, or department head;
  3. Submit a written statement of purpose explaining why the student wants to pursue the accelerated Master's program along with the prospective plans following graduation.​

Degree requirements (minimum of 33 credit hours)

For core courses, select 7 of the courses listed below.  Note that some courses may have prerequisites and/or require "permission" from the instructor; not all courses are accessible in both online and seated formats and, thus not every class is available to all MPS students.  Your advisor will help you navigate the available options to generate a program of study.  When a program of study is generated, including core and option courses, students need to be aware that the following two limitations for the degree must be observed:

  • No more than 9 credit hours (generally 3 courses) from the College of Business can be counted toward the degree.
  • Eighteen (18) credits (generally 6 classes) must be taken at the 700-level

1. Core requirements (21 credit hours) - Select 7 of the following 8 areas of study.

Program Objectives

Suggested
Courses

Approved Alternative Courses

Finance/Budgeting/Economics.

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.

ACC 600

PLS 756

PLS 721

ECO 600

MED 762

Law/Ethics/Regulatory Functions.  

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

PLS 778

COM 619

HSP 710

MED 681

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 leaders in the creation of corporate climates and building a workforce through selection, supervising and evaluating employees.

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

PSY 776

PSY 718

PLS 752 

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 appropriate to the field.

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

COM 718

SFR 780

HSP 730

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

COM 621

PLS 732

PLS 715

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 770

ITC 681

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

COM 617

HSP 720

Professional/Grant/Technical Writing.

Students will be introduced to one or more of the following skills and concepts:

1. Writing persuasive proposals that can impact existing organizations in their decision-making process.

2. Writing for the purpose of conveying information in the individuals selected option area.  Can be a mixture of the following:  to instruct, to persuade, to share goals, to encourage action.

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

ENG 771

ENG 678

ENG 679

ENG 684

ENG 672

2. Research or Capstone Experience (3 credit hours)

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

Students in the Individualized option area will work with the Graduate Interdisciplinary Programs (GIP) program director to decide their capstone course and submit a 3-minute video presentation describing their capstone experience. 

3. Comprehensive examination

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

4. Option areas (12 credit hours)

Eight formal options exist for the Master of Professional Studies. Students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours in an option area. Option areas include Applied Communication, Criminal Justice, Environmental Management, Homeland Security, Hospitality Administration, Producing and Screenwriting, Project Management and Sports Management.  Under close supervision of the Program Director, students may be allowed to develop an individualized course of study as an option area.

Applied Communication option

Choose any four of the following courses:

Course Code

Course Title

Credit 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

Public Relations Campaigns

3 hrs

Criminal Justice option

Complete the following four courses:

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

CRM 701

Criminal Justice Policy

3 hrs

CRM 740

Foundations of Homeland Defense and Security

3 hrs

CRM 750

Contemporary Issues in Policing

3 hrs

CRM 770

Correctional Theory and Practice

3 hrs

Environmental Management option

Required two courses:

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

GRY 731

Environmental Assessment

3 hrs

ECO 640

Economics of the Environment

3 hrs

Elective 2 courses (chosen in consultation with advisor):

Course Code

Course Title

Credit 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 four courses:

Course Code

Course Title

Credit 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

Hospitality Administration option

Complete the following four courses:

 

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

HSP 710

Risk Management & Legal Compliance in the Hospitality Industry

3 hrs

HSP 720

Hospitality Change Management and Leadership

3 hrs

HSP 730

Seminar in Hospitality and Tourism

3 hrs

HSP 798

Field Experience in Hospitality Administration

3 hrs

 

Producing and Screenwriting option

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

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

MED 660 

Beginning Screenwriting

3 hrs

MED 667 

Intermediate 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

Project Management option

Required two courses:

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

TCM 701

Project Management

3 hrs

TCM 645

Project Control Systems

3 hrs

Electives:  Choose 2 courses:

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

TCM 611

Project Design and Development

3 hrs

TCM 651

Cost Analysis for Project Management

3 hrs

TCM 710

Project Leadership

3 hrs

TCM 740

Management of Innovation and Technology Seminar

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 Code

Course Title

Credit 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

Developed under the close supervision of the Program Director.