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Graduate program

Certificate in Professional Studies

Gerald Masterson, Program Director
Jim D. Morris Center, Room 413; Phone: 417-836-6194
mps@missouristate.edu
mps.missouristate.edu

Program description

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies is a cross-disciplinary certificate program which provides enhancement of administrative abilities. This certificate program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who have started their careers and are seeking professional growth and advancement within their vocations, but do not have formal training in business skills necessary to assume an administrative role. The certificate offers a short, focused program of study giving students more opportunities for administrative roles within organizations (team leaders, department heads, etc.). The 12 hour certificate program builds upon past work experience, and allows participants to expand their knowledge base, abilities, and skills which can lead to new or enhanced administrative roles within organizations.

The Graduate Certificate in Professional Studies may be taken via the Internet.

Admission requirements

  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;
  3. Submission of a written statement of goals and interest in the Professional Studies certificate.  This written statement will be reviewed to assess the applicant's motivation and commitment to complete the certificate and as evidence of the writing skills necessary to succeed in the program;
  4. Submission of two letters of recommendation from individuals able to speak to the applicant's academic and/or professional abilities and potential to succeed in the program;  
  5. All additional University and Graduate College requirements for admission to a certificate program.

Certificate Requirements - 12 credit hours

Select one class from four of the rows in the table below. Note that some classes may have prerequisites and/or require "permission" from the instructor, and not all are accessible in both online and seated formats and thus not every class in the table is available to all students. The advisor will help navigate the available options to generate a program 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